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I use a tidy sized Fellowes paper Shredder.
Last week, I got a little greedy and overloaded the shredder and it just stopped dead.
No matter what I did, the jam would not clear, there was paper in the shredder mechanism.
I got tweezers and other medical devices out, and removed all that I could.
Nothing doing. :anger:
Nothing like some serious self-recrimination!! :cry:
And then I had a Taffy brainwave, :rofl: less than one per decade, is the norm! :blush:
I had purchased some bottles of Fellowes Shredder Oil from John Lewis, around £5 per 120ml, so not cheap.
I ran about 1/3 of a bottle of this oil, up and down the cutters, particularly where I could see paper.
The plan for the paper to absorb the oil and the mechanism would hopefully clear when switched back on.
And VOILA, a plan that works from a man, in this instance it can!!
So I will not have to dispose of this shredder, just be more careful in future.
And I found some Fellowes Shredder oil on Amazon.


£7.79 for 355 mls delivered free with Prime!! :grinning: :wink:
John Lewis £9.49 for 120 mls delivered. I checked!! lol
Caution Not all “oils” are the same, for example not a good plan to put cooking oil into the oil filler of your car. I once encountered a specialist oil that was £1000 per litre (1000mls). So if this shredder problem happens to you, have the correct Shredder oil to hand, otherwise it is possible that once cleared the mechanism may seize up!!
Clouds, on occasion, can have silver linings!! :wink: :dragon:
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Thanks, you’ve just reminded me that mine’s due an oil :wink:

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I never knew that shredders needed oil!

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A while back I worked for Staples. You can by specialist oil or impregnated sheets to feed through the machine. Good idea to preserve the life of the shredder!

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Er, don’t bother with WD40, which I’ve just tried unsuccessfully on my seized shredder.

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Cheap shredders are total rubbish, If you need one its worth investing in a reasonable one. In my staples days I actually tried to stop people buying the cheapest ones as they would soon come back jammed.

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Thanks for the tip, yeah, I think I need something heavy duty as it’s inevitable I’ll try to feed more into it than it can comfortably cope with, hence the seized shredder !

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3 in 1 !

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Sister in law worked for a stationery wholesaler a few years back. She got us a shredder and some oil. Must be honest haven’t used the oil in years and shredder works well🤞

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Oils have different viscosities, you have to be certain that you use the right one.
Too viscous and clogging may be in your horoscope, WD40 - so light and no use at all.
I used to work in a laboratory that analysed lubricating oil 24/7!! :open_mouth: :+1: :dragon:

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You may well cross yer fingers!! LOL :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :+1: :dragon:

I’m assuming industrial rather than recreational?

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:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :dragon:

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He did say 24/7 :smiley:

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The lab was on a massive petrochemical site.
Analysis was done day & night, 365.25 LOL!! :dragon:

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Despite Taffy’s warning otherwise, I’m going to give that a go. It would have been my first choice If i had some. I did nix the idea of using chain lube however.

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likewise - many happy hours measuring the passing of fluids through viscosity tubes…no good lab coat was without a sucker in it :wink:

but you are right - make sure of similar viscosity…WD-40 is amazing stuff but not in this application

Most expensive lubes (calm down @Brocklehurstj !) those in the watch making industry…based on such small volumes

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It is not a matter of right or wrong, more of what works. :+1:
I really do hope that 3 in 1 does the trick.
If it clears the paper, job done - for the moment.
Give the oil sufficient time to soak the paper, so that it can be ejected. :dragon:

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Thanks again Taffy. I suspect the problem is terminal but I could do with some 3 in 1 anyway so it’s worth a try !

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