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How long can you use a paper shredder before it needs maintenance or repair?

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Paper shredders vary widely in quality and usage, but it is safe to assume most paper shredders last the length of their manufacturer warranties if used properly. In general, more expensive high-end paper shredders last much longer than cheap shredders.

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To maximize the life of a shredder, limit individual shredding to 70 percent of the recommended maximum sheet capacity, oil the shredder after every 30 minutes of use and empty the shred bin.

Consumer Reports recommends paper shredder models from Black & Decker, GoEcoLife and Staples, ranging in price from $150 to $270. The study noted that all tested shredders handled credit cards, and the shredders designed to deal with paper clips, CDs, DVDs and staples shredded properly.

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