Thoughts on shredder oil - How to oil a paper shredder
We service and repair high security, fine cut shredders, and the main problem we find is that they have not been oiled regularly with the right kind of oil.
Oiling your crosscut paper shredder regularly is the best thing you can do to optimize performance.
Unless the manufacturer states otherwise, you do not need to oil a straight or strip cut shredder.
Only use the oil supplied by manufacturers such as Intimus, Dahle or Ideal.
Intimus, Dahle and Ideal oils lubricate the cutting head while their detergent properties help flush out dust from the cutting head. Vegetable oils do a poor job.
The so called shredder oil sold by office supply stores, chain stores and stationery stores is poor quality, even though it may have a big name attached. It can leave a sticky residue which causes paper dust to stick, and over a short time gums up the cutting head. For the same reason, do not use motor oil. $3000 or $4000 shredders have been wrecked because the user tried to save money on oil. Funny thing is, the correct type of oil is no more expensive.
To oil your shredder properly, turn it on and press the forward button or block the input sensor with a piece of paper. With the machine running, squirt a liberal amount of oil the full width of the cutting head. Do this three times and then switch machine into reverse and oil again while it is running backwards.
Most manufacturers recommend oiling after 30 - 60 minutes of shredding
Call us with any shredder maintenance questions - (902)450-5075