Shredding Documents at Home

Mobile shred trucks are designed for optimal security and convenience. They drive to your location where a professional shredder hauls your documents from your office to the industrial shredder in the back of the truck.

You get to watch the shredding process and the shreds are driven away to be recycled by the service provider.

In general the process is straightforward, but have you ever wondered exactly how the paper is shredded? What shredding method is used and how small the paper shreds are?

It can vary depending on the type of mobile shredding service you order, but the most common method of shredding used in shred trucks is pierce and tear.

What Is Pierce and Tear Shredding?

Pierce and tear shredding is one of the most secure methods for shredding paper.

Shredders that use this method of shredding are configured with several rotating blades that pierce the paper and tear it apart. Two alternately rotating shafts that grab and pull materials towards the center of the shafts to pull them down and destroy them.

Pierce and Tear Paper Shredding MethodThis method creates small, roughly shredded bits of paper, rather than long strips that could potentially be put back together.

Industrial strength shredders use the pierce and tear method of shredding because it offers the highest level of security, is fast enough to shred thousands of pounds of paper per hour, and even large, bulky items can be thrown in and effectively destroyed.

What Are Different Methods for Shredding Paper?

While pierce and tear shredding is one of the most common and secure shredding methods for large-scale, industrial strength shredding, there are other ways to shred paper.

Common Shredding Methods (From Most to Least Secure)

    • Pierce and Tear – The most secure method, pierce and tear shredding is quick, produces tiny shreds, and can tackle paper, cardboard, clips, and more. This method is reserved for large, industrial shredding machines.
    • Particle Cut (Micro Cut) – Particle cut shredding machines use fine-tooth blades to “grind” paper and produce very small paper bits that cannot be reassembled. This is a highly secure method and equipment capable of this type of shredding is very expensive.
    • Safely Shredded PaperCross Cut (Confetti Cut) – Providing a step up from strip cut shredding, cross cut shredders use both vertical and horizontal blades to cut paper into diamond shapes with a maximum shred size of 160 mm2.
    • Strip Cut – The least secure shredding method that is used by most small home and office shredders cuts documents into parallel strips that, even on the narrow end of the scale, can be put back together quite easily.

Pierce and Tear Shredding Provides More Just Premium Protection

While the pierce and tear method of shredding commonly found in mobile shred trucks is highly secure, that is not the only benefit.

Shred trucks provide the ultimate level of convenience—coming to you as often as you need and taking the shreds off to be recycled by the service provider.

Getting to watch as the shredding is done is another benefit, as it adds an additional layer of security that is only available with mobile shredding services.

Find a Secure Mobile Shredding Service Provider Near You

Shred Nations partners with hundreds of secure shredding service providers across North America. We have helped over 1,000,000 homes and business find the best shredding service for their needs.

Get free quotes from shredding service providers in your area—call us at (800) 747-3365 or fill out our form to get started. We look forward to helping you keep your private information safe and secure.