D.I.Y Shredder Maintenance
Our main goal is to make sure your shredder stays in a working condition for a long time.
Any paper shredder is going to need to be regularly oiled. This is especially true when dealing with shredders that have cross-cutting blades. This is because the system of moving parts that constitutes the blade system of a shredder will invariably be subject to heat and dulling during the course of operation. By keeping the blades oiled, you can ensure minimal friction and keep things running smoothly, ensuring a longer life from your shredder. Always use commercial shredder oil, as it is formulated specifically for optimum performance on shredder blades.
Although it may seem more like a convenience issue than anything else, using a properly sized shredder bag can actually increase the longevity of your paper shredder. As shredders cut paper, dust is produced. While some units have dust-proof gear-houses and other dust-resistant parts, this is by no means a standard feature. The right shredder bag can easily store not only the paper clippings but also reduce the amount of dust that builds back up in the shredder's parts.
Depending on how often you use your paper shredder, you will want to clean it regularly. Dust and bits of paper debris can adversely affect your shredder, especially getting into critical areas such as a gear-house. You will want to go over your shredder periodically and check it for debris, as well as spraying out any dust or particles using a can of pressurized air. By keeping your shredder clean and clear, you can ensure a longer operational lifespan and fewer complications.
When you run your paper shredder, the motor generates heat. That heat needs time to properly dissipate to prevent damage to the motor, the blades or any other mechanism in the shredder. A good rule of thumb to prevent overworking your shredder is to allow 30 minutes of cooldown time for every 30 minutes of operation.
Learn your shredder's maximum sheet capacity. Trying to force more paper than the shredder can handle through can cause jams and lead to permanent damage, costly repairs and potentially even replacement. Some shredders have a load detector that won't allow you to put through more paper than the system can handle, but it isn't a standard feature. Consult your owner's manual to learn the maximum load your shredder can handle.
Some paper shredders are designed to destroy paper clips, staples and CDs themselves without issue. However, this isn't a standard feature and you should always err on the side of caution. Make it a habit to remove your staples and paper clips ahead of time to prevent damaging your shredder's blades and motor. Always make sure your machine is designed to destroy CDs by checking your user's manual before you feed a disc into the shredder.
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