So I bought my first paper shredder. The instructions say:
"Shredder lubricants are recommended for your shredder and will lengthen
the lifespan of your machine. Apply lubricants after 30 minutes of
shredding or a minimum of twice per month to eliminate build-up on your
shredder's cutting heads and allow your machine to run at maximum
"For best results with your Staples brand shredder, use Staples brand
shredder lubricant sheets."
Anybody use lubricant sheets in their shredder? I'm thinking a Staples
brand buttered waffle would work.
I thought you were joking until I did a search. I have a cheap
shredder and never bothered with any lube. The only problem I've had so
far was a sticky switch. It's just for personal use so it doesn't get
much of a workout.
I've killed two through lack of lubing and heavy use. I bought the
lube after researching the topic and finding out just how many
recommendations there are out there to prolong the life of the
shredder by regularly lubing it. As mentioned by another poster, a
plain vegetable oil will do, you don't necessarily have to buy the
lube pads or the special bottle 'o lube. Then again, it's only a
couple bucks. I decided it was easier to have a dedicated
bottle/applicator parked next to the shredder than to have to rummage
through my cupboards hunting for the 3in1 oil, or grabbing the Wesson
and hunting for a small squeeze tube or brush to apply it with.
I've got a ativa (personal use) shreader and I buy the Office
lubricant sheets. They come in a 14 pack. I just run one sheet thru
the shredder about once every few months as though it was a piece of
junk mail. The instructions say to run it thru normally and then run
teh shredder in reverse for 10 seconds. I don't know if it does any
good, but it works for me as I've had this shredder for 3 years
without any problems. There's no oily mess to deal with as the oil is
released as the sheet is shredded.
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