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#1922122 - 06/13/10 06:22 PM Paper Shredder oil
PSS Offline


Registered: 03/10/05
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Loc: NW Indiana
I'm in the market for a shredder and see that they sell an oil for the shredder. Seems it prolongs the life considerably. Probably would've made mine last much longer.

The MSDS for Fellows Powershred Shredder Lubricant, http://www.fellowes.com/Fellowes/materials/documents/MSDS_35250.PDF , lists vegetable oil as the chemical name. SO, can I just use regular vegetable oil instead paying $10 fo a 12 Oz bottle of there stuff?

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#1922128 - 06/13/10 06:33 PM Re: Paper Shredder oil [Re: PSS]
XS650 Offline


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That is Soyabean oil. Not a very impressive lubricant.

My first reaction was to say to use a mineral oil.

There must be some reason they use soya oil other than it's poor qualities as lubricant.

Try google, there must be other people who have gone through this.


Edited by XS650 (06/13/10 06:38 PM)
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#1922132 - 06/13/10 06:43 PM Re: Paper Shredder oil [Re: XS650]
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I would have thought it would be similar to gun oil...
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#1922144 - 06/13/10 06:55 PM Re: Paper Shredder oil [Re: hardcore302]
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Probly worried about it ending up in a land fill and contaminating the world with 1/2 oz of oil.
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#1922194 - 06/13/10 07:39 PM Re: Paper Shredder oil [Re: Chris142]
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Spontaneous combustion would be my guess.
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#1922238 - 06/13/10 08:29 PM Re: Paper Shredder oil [Re: tom slick]
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I've also seen where they sell paper soaked in the stuff. You simply shred the paper and it supposedly lubricates what's needed. I've never used them though so i can't comment on them beyond that

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#1922244 - 06/13/10 08:37 PM Re: Paper Shredder oil [Re: sicko]
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Originally Posted By: sicko
I've also seen where they sell paper soaked in the stuff. You simply shred the paper and it supposedly lubricates what's needed. I've never used them though so i can't comment on them beyond that


Since my paper shredder is overdue for maintenance I read about the topic. Either dripping some oil in the paper slot, or wiping some oil onto paper and running it through are two common ways of lubing a shredder.

The claim made by some manufacturers is that mineral oil tends to make a gummy mess with the paper dust and that the right vegetable oil (the one with their label on it grin ) doesn't.


Edited by XS650 (06/13/10 08:38 PM)
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#1922310 - 06/13/10 10:13 PM Re: Paper Shredder oil [Re: tom slick]
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Originally Posted By: tom slick
Spontaneous combustion would be my guess.


This is probably the exact reason. Same problem as with oily rags. The mineral oil slowly oxidizes in a confined area until it builds up enough heat to combust. Finely shredded paper and mineral oil could be a potential fire in the making.

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#1932918 - 06/24/10 04:48 PM Re: Paper Shredder oil [Re: pcoxe]
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I use Break Free CLP in my shredder regularly. I shread all my mail that I don't keep.
It seems to have extended the life of my shredder considerably.

Just clean out all the paper, drip oil in-between the teeth while it is off, turn it on and off a few times to make sure everything is lubricated, and you are ready to go.
If you are really anal you can clean it all with a q-tip, then lubricate with a oil loaded q-tip.

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#1933036 - 06/24/10 08:27 PM Re: Paper Shredder oil [Re: SuperDave456]
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Use your's wife's Wesson Cooking oil, it's the same thing; nothing but soybean oil.

Oh yea; I forgot about that expensive additive pack they add to it. LOL


Edited by MolaKule (06/24/10 08:28 PM)
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#1934669 - 06/26/10 12:47 PM Re: Paper Shredder oil [Re: MolaKule]
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If you want to move up a level in protection, use Castor bean oil. Used with good results by professional shredders worldwide. hornets


Edited by Bluestream (06/26/10 12:49 PM)
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#2024371 - 09/22/10 10:14 AM Re: Paper Shredder oil [Re: Bluestream]
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Registered: 06/23/10
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Loc: Massachusetts
Originally Posted By: Bluestream
If you want to move up a level in protection, use Castor bean oil. Used with good results by professional shredders worldwide. hornets


Mmmm the sweet smell of Klotz Super Techniplate emanating from the... paper shredder?

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#2024395 - 09/22/10 10:37 AM Re: Paper Shredder oil [Re: pcoxe]
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Registered: 04/16/06
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Loc: Fla.
Originally Posted By: pcoxe
Originally Posted By: tom slick
Spontaneous combustion would be my guess.


This is probably the exact reason. Same problem as with oily rags. The mineral oil slowly oxidizes in a confined area until it builds up enough heat to combust. Finely shredded paper and mineral oil could be a potential fire in the making.


Whatever you do, don't use spray lube on the paper shredder! no-no

I found out the hard way -- the resultant fireball singed off my eyebrows, lashes, hair and forearm hair. Zoiks!

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#2026206 - 09/24/10 09:05 AM Re: Paper Shredder oil [Re: PSS]
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I think amsoil sells a synthetic paper shredder oil but people suspect from its pour point it is really only a hydrocracked slack wax based oil and that cold shredding performance may be affected. They also have had to significantly reduce the antiwear additives in the new paper shredder oils in order to meet EPA and CAFE standards so I would try to buy an older "real" synthetic shredder oil from ebay, something that is ester based with a very high VII (especially if your shredder is turbo charged).


Edited by lipadj46 (09/24/10 09:05 AM)
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#2286282 - 06/12/11 02:46 PM Re: Paper Shredder oil [Re: PSS]
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I like to use olive oil, its a lot lighter than cooking oil and works great on a shredder.
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