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How do I oil my shredder?
If you have a paper shredder, chances are you use it pretty frequently. Whether you use it to shred personal documents to prevent identity theft or use one at work to protect business information, shredders have become some of the most commonly used machines. If you want to keep your shredder in good shape you need to oil it on a regular basis. Here is all you need to know about how to do it:
- Get some shredder oil. The first thing you need to do is make sure you have a good supply of shredder oil. This is a type of lubricant that is specially formulated for paper shredders so you can use it and not damage your machine. Shredder oil is produced by manufacturers such as Fellowes, Martin Yale, and Dahle and it’s affordable so you won’t blow your budget. Whatever you do, don’t use other kinds of oil (i.e. vegetable, sunflower, WD-40). This can be hazardous and may damage your shredder.
- Choose one of two methods. There are two ways you can oil your shredder. The first way is the easiest: just dribble some oil directly into the machine. Oil the entire width of the feed opening and then put the shredder in the reverse mode for several seconds. Then run a few sheets of paper through the machine to soak up the lubricant. And the other way to oil your shredder involves pouring some oil on a sheet of paper. You should do this in a zigzag pattern and be sure to not totally saturate the sheet. Then shred the sheet and run a few dry pages through the shredder. You can then go back to using your shredder like you normally would.
- Do it often. Since you want to keep your shredder in good shape, you’re going to need to oil it on a regular basis. Depending on your specific machine and how often you use it, you may need to oil it a few times a day or just once or twice a month. Generally speaking, the more often you use your device, the more often it needs to be oiled. You should consult the shredder’s instruction manual for specific guidelines on how frequently it needs to be oiled.
- Consider an automatic oiler. If you use your shredder a lot and find that you’re oiling it frequently, you may want to consider getting an automatic oiler. An automatic oiler is simply a device that can be attached to your machine that will lubricate the gears on a regular basis. All you need to do is ensure the oiler is full to get the most out of it. The one problem associated with automatic oilers is that they’re not available for all shredders. It’s usually only the large shredders that can be equipped with these devices. Nonetheless, you should look into getting one if you oil your machine a lot.
< Over the years, a number of customers have asked me whether they can use twin loop wire with their plastic comb binding machine. These customers often don’t want to have to buy a brand new machine but like the look and feel of twin loop wire binding. However, the answer to their question isn’t as simple as it seems. You see, they actually do make twin loop wire that is designed to work with the plastic comb binding hole pattern. With that said, if you want to use these wires you are going to need a way to close the wires. What is Spiral-O Wire?Let me explain a little bit more…There is a product that we carry called Spiral-O Wire. This wire has 19 loops and is designed to work with the hole pattern from a plastic comb binding machine. Spiral-O Wire is sometimes called Wire Combs or Ibico Wire and was originally designed for use with some of the older Ibico binding machines. A number of the older Ibico plastic comb binding machines also included a twin loop wire closer on the front of them to allow users to use both plastic combs and wire. This 19 loop wire was designed for this purpose.What Equipment is Needed? As the Ibico brand has been phased out by GBC and all of the older Ibico plastic binding machines have been replaced with new models, they no longer have the twin loop wire closer on the front of them. This presents a problem in trying to use these spiral-o wires since you can’t use the wires without a way to close them.One of the only options left is to purchase a Twin Loop wire closer. However, since twin loop wire closers are not incredibly cheap this option usually only appeals to users who have larger electric plastic comb binding machines. Otherwise, it is often advisable to simply buy a low end 3:1 pitch twin loop wire binding machine (the supplies are cheaper). This being said, if you have one of the older Ibico binding machines that has a wire closer included you are in luck. The Spiral-O binding supplies that we carry will work perfectly with your machine and you will be able to use both plastic combs and wire depending on your needs. These Spiral-O binding supplies are available in Black, Silver, White, Blue and Red and in sizes up to 1″ in diameter.If you aren’t sure what type of wire binding supplies that you need to work with your machine simply give us a call. Our trained sales representatives will be glad to help you find the correct supplies for use with your machine.(Read More)