Office Equipment Tip of the Week
Keeping Your Shredder Oiled
You may or may not know this, but the single most important thing you can do to keep your paper shredder running properly is to keep it well oiled. That's right! You're paper shredder needs to be oiled on a regular basis, much like a car (just with not as much oil). You can find our shredder oil here. So how do you oil a shredder and how often should you do it? Let me explain.
First off, it is generally recommended to oil your paper shredder every time you change the bag or after every four hours of heavy use. I like the bag change method because it is easier to remember. Many modern shredders now include a light that comes on to remind you to oil the shredder and some even come with built in automatic oilers. If you are shopping for a new shredder, I would recommend you look for one with either a notification light or an auto oiler, especially for a business.
So how do you oil a shredder? It's actually pretty easy. There are two ways you can go about it. The first is to squeeze oil out onto a sheet of paper in an "S" pattern and run it through the shredder. The second is to squirt the oil directly into the shredder blades while it is running (not too much though). After you have run the sheet through (or run the shredder with oil directly applied), switch the shredder into reverse for about 5-10 seconds. This helps lift the oil back up into the shredder blades.
Hopefully this advice helps you out. If you need additional tips on shredder maintenance, or if you have questions about oiling your shredder, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-543-5454.