What must be taken into account when taking care of a paper shredder?
Paper shredder oiling
An important point regarding care for document shredders is the oiling. As the cutting mechanism consists of metal rollers, it should be oiled regularly. The best time to do so is when you notice that the shredder is losing power and the engine is running noticeably harder.
Under no circumstances should you use oil from a spray can, as there is an acute danger of ignition due to the fine spray mist when the shredder is in operation. In addition, the shredder should run while oiling to be able to better distribute the oil in the cutting mechanism.
There are also special Oiled papers which the shredder pulls through its rollers like a normal sheet of paper, thus distributing the lubricant evenly throughout the drive.
Also special creeping oils are available. These are applied sparingly directly to the cutter bar. Then let the shredder run for a few seconds to distribute the oil on the metal rollers. Only a few drops are sufficient here. Too much lubricant is counterproductive and causes the paper to stick to the cutting edges. The Lubricant Sheets will help with the dosage.
Many manufacturers recommend oiling after each full collection container. For small devices, you can certainly do without it, but you should oil the device well every 3-4 baskets and before a longer standstill (summer holiday). To avoid a paper jam, the collection container of the shredder should be emptied early. Devices that have a viewing window are of great help here. If it should happen that the cut material in the shredder protrudes into the cutting unit, this can lead to blockage and ultimately to the blocking of the device.
Our tests have shown that this can also lead to a total loss. Since cleaning would be impossible without further destruction.