I just switched from a strip-cut shredder to a cross-cut one and the mfr
recommends oiling the cutters occasionally-- with a very expensive shredder
oil they sell. The oil looks/smells/feels like the oil they sell for Hunter
Original fans which I understand is just a generic light weight
Wonder if I can just get a quart from the local auto parts place and use it
instead of the expensive stuff-- or do you really need to lubricate the
cutters at all? I never lubricated the strip=cut shredder and it did just
I'm working on trying to get some warranty service on our junk Ativa
shredder from OD. Bought it last
year for hubby's birthday and it quit operating properly within a few
months. Auto doesn't work right; have
to keep fiddling with the switch. I bought the oil and took meticulous
care of it because the previous shredder
only lasted a couple of years. I'm switching to hot water soak and the
kitchen disposal; dare anyone to try to
read that :o)
Use plain old vegetable oil.
Here's what the instructions for my Fellowes PS-77Cs confetti-cut
"Only use a non-aerosol vegetable oil in long nozzle container such as
[very expensive] Fellowes 35250"
"Never use aerosol, petroleum based or other flammable products on or
near shredder. Do not use canned air on shredder."
We have gallon jugs of the stuff sitting around the office- at the rate
it is used, most of them will be around when I'm in the ground. For
production use, most shredder companies sell a rather rube goldberg
automatic oiler device that hangs off the side- reminds be greatly of
those old-style automatic toilet cleanser devices, and works about as
well. Old hands at the office say that if it starts stinking or jamming,
just drizzle a little oil on the next handful of paper, and cycle the
forward/reverse buttons a few times to spread it around. The oil itself
seems to be a typical light machine oil, like your mother bought in
itty-bit squeek cans for her sewing machine.
FWIW-- spoke to mfr today who confirmed it's 100% vegetable based-- but
advised against cooking oil from the grocery store as it heats up and
coagulates jamming the machine.
Looks like it's the expensive stuff or nothing!
I personally think the lubricant sold for the purpose is worthless. Our
last shredder was a crosscut, Ativa, and I religiously used the lub.
because the previous shredder didn't last long. The Ativa still works
if we constantly fiddly with the switch. No longer works on auto. I
don't know what makes the auto come on when a document is inserted, but
it is probably dirty. Seems the lub. would mix with dust and gum up the
works. Don't know. If shredded paper doesn't drop from the cutter, it
gets wrapped up with the next document coming through and the cutters
get all jammed up. Reverse sometimes helps, sometimes makes it worse.
There are other alternatives -- the farmers' supply here carries a
general-purpose light sunflower oil that isn't a cooking oil.
I still would have difficulty imagining a light-weight non-detergent
would be a problem for the application.
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I'm so neglectful. I've never degaussed my television, lubricated my paper
cutter, or disgronificated my stereo. but, the world continues to turn, and
maybe that's why Time Warner discontinued usenet. I'm such a lardass
Just wait till it acts up. Then give er a shot of WD-40 and see if that
I still can't figure the other company. Vegetable oil? Not in my house!
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