How NOT to Oil Your Paper Shredder?

posted this on Mar 21, 2016

At MyBinding we hear it all and over the years we have had several customers tell us how they have ruined their shredders by oiling them incorrectly.  This tongue and cheek video is designed to demonstrate how NOT to oil your paper shredder.  If you are looking for instructions to oil your paper shredder we have several videos on different methods.  However, please do NOT try the methods shown in this video at home :)   Shredder oil is designed to extend the life of your machine not shorten it.


Here is the audio transcript for this video:

Welcome to MyBinding How To videos. Today's question is how NOT to oil a paper shredder. After purchasing a most needed paper shredder, many people do a great job at destroying it. And the most effective method of not oiling your paper shredder is simply not to oil it. This video will illustrate very ineffective ways of oiling your shredder.

First off, who wants to buy shredder oil when you've got vegetable oil? I mean, what's the difference? And the cost is outrageous! Method number one is the indirect method. This is where you take your vegetable oil, or the shredder oil you stole from your partner next door, and you just apply it to paper. And you keep applying it. And a lot of it. We're talking the entire bottle of oil. If it doesn't run over, you haven't used enough. And simply shove that whole thing into your shredder. And remember, no boss is happy unless there's a big oily mess on his desk.

The second method is called the PB method, because really, is there anything more greasy than peanut butter? Take a good glob of standard peanut butter and smash it into the throat opening of your paper shredder. And be sure when you use your fingers to get them as close to the gears as possible.

Our final ineffective method here at MyBinding is the MCRO method, or my cup runneth over method. Simply take your bottle of oil, what ever kind you'd like, and pour it into the throat opening. Just keep pouring. We mean keep pouring. When you think you've poured enough, pour some more right into the machine. And to check to make sure you've done the best job you can, lift the lid and if you find a nice soupy gelatinous mess, you've done a great job.

And for more useful videos on how to destroy your equipment, check out MyBinding.com.

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