Reviewing the Kobra 260 HS High Security Shredder

After pulling out our microscope and taking a closer look, the Kobra 260 HS High Security Shredder has proved to be a worthy machine. It's a fairly versatile machine with a not-too-crazy price tag either (but remember you can often get a better deal if you call or email :-) Overall we'd recommend this machine but I suggest that you take a look at the specs yourself.


This level 5 shredder is nearly unmatched when it comes to shred size. Level 5 was previously the highest shred level until the NSA adopted the new spec for high-security shredding at a level 6. This machine will absolutely shred your sensitive documents to an unrecognizable state. If you are buying this machine you are most likely involved with the government or government contracting. If you are not, we recommend that you save a little bit of money by looking at a level 3 or 4 machine.

Shredable Material

The Kobra 260 HS High Security Shredder can shred Paper. If you need to be able to shred something else then we recommend that you look at a larger machine and/or look for something with a little bit lower security (the higher the security the less likelihood that the machine shreds something other than paper).

Continuous Motor

This shredder is rated for continuous operation. That means that theoretically you could shred all day long and the machine would not have to shut-down to cool off. Remember that results may vary under real-world operating conditions and things such as the temperature of the room will affect the ability of this motor to stay cool and continue to shred. We give this machine 2 pats on the back for being rated continuous duty and we know that you'll appreciate this feature in due time.

Bin Size

The Kobra 260 HS High Security Shredder has a 17 gallon bin. We're happy with this size because it will give you a bit more time between emptying your bin. Although the size may make it difficult to fit this shredder in a tight space, it's always worth it in the long run to get a bigger bin size and move your office around a bit.

Throat Size

We love the 10.25 inch throat on this shredder because you can put in odd sized paper and it leaves plenty of breathing room when it comes to regular sized paper. Some of the smaller machines will crumple the paper and eventually jam because the throat opening is just not large enough.

Auto Oiler

With an Optional Auto-Oiler available on this machine we highly recommend that you get it pre-installed. The machine is pre-wired to accept an oiler so all the manufacturer has to do is hook it up properly and you'll never have to worry about messy oil again. Automatically oiling your machine takes the guess-work out of maintenance and will most likely increase the life of your machine.


The Kobra 260 HS High Security Shredder comes with a Limited 1 Year Warranty on Shredder, 5 Years on Cutting Blades. This means that you have plenty of time to test out the machine and make sure that everything is running smoothly. Just make sure to properly care for your machine and you shouldn't have any issues.


With an MSRP of $2,935.00 this shredder is not the cheapest around but remember to NEVER pay the full amount. You can find discounts of up to 50% off if you look around on the web.

About the Manufacturer

ELCOMAN is today one of the world leaders in production of office shredders capable to shred paper, CDs, DVDs, Floppy Disks and credit cards, professional guillotines and trimmers, flip charts with rewritable steel board adjustable in height through retractable legs. All items are sold under the KOBRA trademark in over 80 countries, through a far-reaching network of agents and retailers and 7 subsidiaries worldwide.

Manufacturer Jargon

Kobra shredders are a high quality product of the Elcoman company. All items are sold under the Kobra trademark in over 80 countries worldwide. Kobra actively concerns itself with environmental and power issues and continually innovates technology that "Energy and Environmentally Smart". Recently the International patent office has officially granted Elcoman with the patent of the new "Throw and Shred" system.

So as I mentioned before, we think that the Kobra 260 HS High Security Shredder is a worthy competitor and deserves a second look. If you have more specific questions I didn't answer here, feel free to give us a call and we'd be happy to help you out. I also wanted to remind you that real-world conditions do not always produce the same results that you might expect from the listed specs. Happy Shredding!

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