Jun 01 2011

What type of oil/lubricant should be used in a paper shredder?

Category: Office Supplies


Shredder OilPaper shredder oil is a specifically designed and blended type of lubricate that is critical for certain types of shredders (typically cross-cut, confetti-cut models) that operate for extended periods. The oil will reduce friction and ensure that the motor remains in good working condition for the life of the shredder. Is any oil/lubricant sufficient to be used in a shredder? The answer is a resounding NO. Many paper shredder manufacturers will even go as far as to produce their own oil, made specifically for their products to ensure quality and reliability. Using any other lubricant will often void the warranty. In many cases, paper shredder oil is simply a light mineral oil that is similar to sewing machine oil. It is made to keep the blades free from residue and to remove any fine paper dust that may have accumulated during heavy shredding cycles. Using lubricants like WD-40, motor oil, or vegetable oil may work in the short term but using them over the long run may lead to shredder burnout.

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One Response to “What type of oil/lubricant should be used in a paper shredder?”

  1. Cyril Wyatt says:

    you say using WD40 may lead to schredder burn out, but what if WD40 is used a little bit more often?
    Thanks, Cyril Wyatt

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