Automatic Stop/Start - Some shredders feature an optical sensor that can detect paper. It will then turn the shredder on and off as needed.
Bag Full Indicator - Some shredders have a bag full indicator that lets you know the shredder is full and needs its bag to be changed.
Bin - Shredded paper ends up in the bin.
Casters - Casters are wheels attached to shredders that allow it to be moved from one location to another.
Cross-Cut - Cross cut shredders use a crisscross format to cut paper into small pieces.
Duty Cycle - A duty cycle is the amount of time a shredder can be used before it must be turned off and cooled down.
Footprint - This is the area a shredder will take up. If space is an issue, a smaller footprint may be required.
Hopper - Some shredders have a hopper. The hopper is a bin where crumpled paper can be dumped.
Horizontal Feed - A horizontal feed shredder has paper fed through the front of the machine, rather than the top.
Overload Protection - Many paper shredders have a sensor that will turn the shredder off if too much paper is fed at one time.
Reverse Function - The reverse function allows the user to change the motor from running forward to running in reverse. This is good if a paper jam occurs.
Sheet Capacity - This is the maximum amount of sheets a shredder can handle at any given time.
Shredder Speed - Shredder speed is the amount of paper that a shredder can destroy per minute/hour. This is usually measured in feet per minute.
Strip-Cut - Strip-cut is a type of shredding. Shredders that shred strip-cut shred the paper into long strips of paper.
Throat - The throat of a paper shredder is where the paper is placed before shredding. Different paper shredders have different throat widths.
Vertical Feed - Some shredders have paper fed through the top of the machine. This is a vertical feed.