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Freeing up a domestic paper shredder. A novel use of WD40?

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Greensands23/09/2021 17:55:08
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I have found that an excellent way of freeing up and maintaining a domestic paper shredder is simply to spray WD40 onto the cutter blades, paying no particular attention in controlling exactly where it the goes into or onto the working mechanism. Works wonders!

Michael Gilligan23/09/2021 18:28:04
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Mine came with a squeezy bottle of special lubricant

Bought it years ago … still going strong.

MichaelG.

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Edit: My post on this page confirms year of manufacture 2006

https://www.model-engineer.co.uk/forums/postings.asp?th=132802&p=16 

Edited By Michael Gilligan on 23/09/2021 18:33:05

Peter Greene23/09/2021 19:26:48
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Posted by Greensands on 23/09/2021 17:55:08:

I Works wonders!

Smells nice too. wink

Grindstone Cowboy23/09/2021 19:34:16
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I find the GT85 spray in the red, black and white cans (sometimes on offer in Aldi) has a lovely, slightly floral smell. Coincidentally, I came across a can of Wurth aerosol lubricant that smelled exactly the same, so I suspect there may be some "badge-engineering" taking place, as the Wurth was over twice the price for a smaller tin.

Just to bring this back on topic, I have dismantled a couple of shredders, and there's very little in the cutter area that could be damaged by lubrication, so spray away!

Rob

Nigel Graham 223/09/2021 23:10:01
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I lubricate mine by soaking a sheet of paper with the oil, rather than spraying the machine.

I do have a bottle of Fellowes "Performance Oil"... special stuff then: shredders, paper, for the use of.

A little research revealed it is something called Canola Oil. Pardon? Never heard of the Canola plant.

It turned out to be no more than rapeseed-oil, so when the Fellowes bottle's empty I'll know what to use.

Michael Gilligan23/09/2021 23:55:05
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Posted by Nigel Graham 2 on 23/09/2021 23:10:01:

I lubricate mine by soaking a sheet of paper with the oil, rather than spraying the machine.

I do have a bottle of Fellowes "Performance Oil"... special stuff then: shredders, paper, for the use of.

A little research revealed it is something called Canola Oil. Pardon? Never heard of the Canola plant.

It turned out to be no more than rapeseed-oil, so when the Fellowes bottle's empty I'll know what to use.

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Not just any old rapeseed-oil though: **LINK**

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canola_oil

MichaelG

Peter Greene24/09/2021 01:39:08
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Posted by Nigel Graham 2 on 23/09/2021 23:10:01:

I lubricate mine by soaking a sheet of paper with the oil, rather than spraying the machine.

Staples sell lubricant sheets for this purpose which seem to do a decent job without the mess.

Nigel Graham 224/09/2021 20:02:44
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Ah. Special rapeseed-oil then, Michael!

I expect "3-in-1" would work just as well. Possibly better because vegetable oils tend to turn to a horrible sticky goo!

Vic24/09/2021 23:27:54
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I use camelia oil on ours from time to time, seems to work ok. Soaked into a sheet of paper as Nigel said above.

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