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    Paper shredder oil lubricant?

    Ok this isnt a computer question so I put it in the non-tech discussion, though it is office supply related.

    We got a nice new paper shredder and I noticed they sell "paper shredder lubricant". Even the guy at the register tried to sell us some. I can see the need to keep the metal on metal parts lubricated, but it seemed over-priced for just plain oil. I dont see why it would need to be anything special, I mean if it gets on the paper shreds, it doesn't matter as those are being thrown away.

    My question is would I be able to buy general lubrication oil at homedepot or walmart and use it in the paper shredder?
    Could someone show me a link as to what kind of oil I could use with the shredder?

    Thanks for your time, AJ

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    Paper shredder oil is formulated so there is minimal residue left on the cutters, thus not allowing paper to stick to the blades. Other common lubricating oils could leave a residue. You can probably find a substitute with some experimentation, but to be honest, drop the extra cash for the shredder oil to save yourself a headache.

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    Linky: [url}http://www.factory-express.com/blog/2005/08/do-i-have-to-oil-my-paper-shredder.html[/url]

    Shredder oil is the only lubricant which should be used on your shredder. Shredder oil is of special formulation which leaves no residue on the cutters. Other oils will attract paper dust and in turn clog the cutting head.
    I have "gummed up" a few shreeders in the past using everything from lightweight oil (3in1) to a spray Silicon Lubricant. Use the right tool for the jobs and save yourself the mess and hassle.
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    Alright. Thanks for the info. I tried googling but couldnt find much of anything and figured someone here might know.

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    Actually, I think you folks will find that sewing machine oil meets the same spec's as the shredder oil. Then again, you'll notice that it isn't any cheaper.

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    Only on TECHIMO would someone know the difference from standard oil and Shredder Lubricant. Sometimes, you guys amaze me.

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    Use shredder oil and you'll have a shredder. Don't use shredder oil, and you'll have a shredder for a couple weeks, then you'll have an expensive trashcan because it'll burn out. I worked for Office Depot and I can't tell you how many people came in asking me for recommendations for a bigger shredder because they literally burned through four or five already. You don't need the 20-page capacity shredder, you need to use what every sales guy is trying to sell you for your own good.

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    Talking SHREDDER OIL

    Here is a link to a web page with a MSDS sheet. It is just vegetable oil. you can also use kereosene.

    Shredders-Supplies-Powershred® Shredder Oil & Lubricant

    hope this helps!

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    as they say on /b/
    your a F'n idiot!

    IIRC, both GBC and Fellowes brand shredder oils are synthetic. Definitely NOT vegetable oil.
    Last edited by tony_j15; August 2nd, 2009 at 04:52 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whateeeeeever View Post
    Here is a link to a web page with a MSDS sheet. It is just vegetable oil. you can also use kereosene.

    Shredders-Supplies-Powershred® Shredder Oil & Lubricant

    hope this helps!
    Try Crisco and let me know how it works out!

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    Of course if you use kerosene you don't really need the shredder do you?

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    Try researching hydraulic fluid.
    Last edited by RayH; August 4th, 2009 at 07:33 PM.
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    Vegetable based oil doesn't necessarily mean cooking oil. It's rapeseed oil. One VARIATION is canola.
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    Do you rapeseed Ray???





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    Hmmm..."Rapeseed Ray"...it's got a certain sound to it.
    Quote Originally Posted by MD1032
    You don't need the 20-page capacity shredder, you need to use what every sales guy is trying to sell you for your own good.
    Sounds like words of wisdom!


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    Quote Originally Posted by surreal View Post
    Of course if you use kerosene you don't really need the shredder do you?


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    Quote Originally Posted by whateeeeeever View Post
    Here is a link to a web page with a MSDS sheet. It is just vegetable oil. you can also use kereosene.

    Shredders-Supplies-Powershred® Shredder Oil & Lubricant

    hope this helps!
    I wouldn't use kerosene. It'll likely dissolve the plastic, thus melting it.

    Let me reiterate. Shredder lube. Buy it or else.

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    Funny enough, my shredder recommends olive oil.

    That's what I use and it has lasted for two years now.
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    It also comes cloaked in compassion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharder8 View Post
    Do you rapeseed Ray???





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    Shred some wax paper....
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