Best box cutters ever?
October 30, 2006 6:09 PM   Subscribe

Box Cutters: I get lots of boxes, and I'd like a device that turns those boxes into small piles of cardboard that fit in my small trash can. What would you recommend?

(Bonus for devices that take a minimum of effort and have a low risk of cutting my hands with blades or edges of fast moving cardboard)
posted by sirion to Technology (9 answers total)
(Rephrasing, 'Is there anything better than the plain old boxcutter razor?')
posted by sirion at 6:13 PM on October 30, 2006

How about a compactor?
posted by Pollomacho at 6:21 PM on October 30, 2006

Cardboard shredders aren't cheap, and they are loud and run hot, and use a fair amount of electricity, but the waste products have some energy or recycling value, if you are in the right area to have it picked up. A lot of businesses have dedicated box compactors and banders, to facilitate cardboard recycling.
posted by paulsc at 6:27 PM on October 30, 2006

Plain boxcutter razors have always done a very good, fast job for me. Is there some particular aspect about them that doesn't work for you? (eg, Maybe yours are not sharp, or the blade doesn't lock in place properly?)
posted by LobsterMitten at 6:28 PM on October 30, 2006

I used to open boxes with a letter opener like this one. Very low risk, still the same basic razor principal.
posted by Pollomacho at 6:32 PM on October 30, 2006

Can't you just slit the tape, pull away the glue flap, fold the box flat, and bundle? Most balers and shredders are going to require dissamled cartons anyway.
posted by nathan_teske at 7:35 PM on October 30, 2006

I won't get the bonus, but in my experience, the easiest way to make big pieces of cardboard into little ones is a bandsaw.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 3:26 AM on October 31, 2006

Hire a bunch of neigborhood kids. Pay them in candy.
posted by grateful at 6:45 AM on October 31, 2006

Paging jdroth.
posted by Alt F4 at 7:56 AM on October 31, 2006

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