I bought some Fellows Shredder oil and wonder the best way to oil my CIA12X shredder. The paper feed area is horizontal so I can't really squirt oil on the blades. I tried tilting the shredder, but it is very heavy. Is putting oil on a paper best? What is recommended?
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The most likely cause is that the shredded paper, has tightly wrapped itself in the blades. One possible cause is by shredding labels (like Avery Labels) or any paper which has adhesive on it. (Causes it to attach the cut pieces to between the cutters.) It reaches a point where there is so much bound up on the blades that even a single sheet of paper will cause an overload.
The fix is simple to describe, but difficult to accomplish. You must go in and manually remove all of the paper bound up in the blades. It's not easy, I found that using a needle nose pliers worked best. Lot of digging and tugging (paper will pack between the blades very tightly). Sometimes a small, slotted screwdriver will aid in being able to pry out bits and pieces (it's not going to come out in anything but small chunks; at best).
Don't forget to unplug your shredder before you start; those blades are sharp.
This happened several times with my last shredder *Royal), but not once with my current shredder (Fellows). I tend to believe that the better quality shredders are worth the extra money.
But any shredder will become a problem if you shred labels (like Avery) or paper products that has adhesive on it. (Another common mistake is shredding junk mail that has any kind of adhesive associated with it. Best to open and check first.)
One other thing, ALL shredders need to be oiled on a regular basis. They make special oil for this, you can usually find small bottles of it at Wally World or the like. Best practice is to squirt some shredder oil in a serpentine pattern. over a piece of paper to be shredded and run it through. Do this whenever you empty the shredder bin. (Important for the life of your shredder.)
frequency of shredder oil applications is determined by a number of
factors. First of all cross cut shredders must be oiled more often than
strip cut shredders do. A cross cut paper shredder
will require regular applications of shredder oil while a strip cut can
go for a longer period of time without decreased performance. Secondly,
paper shredders that are used more will need more lubrication. A paper shredder
under heavy usage will need oil about once every four hours, while one
under normal use will only require oil once or twice a month. Most
manufacturers recommend oiling the cutters once every 30 minutes of
accumulative shredding, but an easy way to remember is just to oil your paper shredder
every time you change the bag. The type of material as well as amounts
fed at once can also effect performance and lead to the need for oil.
Directions You should only use specifically designed shredder oil to oil your paper shredder.
This oil is designed to lubricate precision heat treated shredder
cylinders, and any other lubricant or oil will void the manufacturers
warranty. So don't use WD-40 or the like to oil your paper shredder.
Shredder oil can come in both liquid and aerosol varieties. However, the most common is liquid shredder oil.
first way to oil your shredder is to spray or squirt lubricant into the
opening and onto the cutting heads. The oil is packaged in a squeeze
bottle and is applied directly onto the cutting head in a fine stream.
This is done through the paper entry throat. Take 1-2 seconds to oil
from one side of the opening to the other. Turn the machine in reverse
for about 10-15 seconds to allow the oil to transfer to all parts of the
cutting head. The final step is to shred a few sheets of paper to
remove any excess oil.
The other, and perhaps most common, way to oil your paper shredder
is illustrated in the image above. Simply spread a small amount of
shredder oil onto a piece of paper in a zig-zag type motion. Make sure
that you spread the oil over the entire sheet. (NOTE: you don't need to
soak the paper in oil, just ensure total and even coverage.) Feed this
sheet through the shredder and then operate the machine in the reverse
mode for a few seconds. This will make sure the oil is dispersed
throughout the shredders cutting cylinders. The final step is to shred a
few sheets of paper to remove any excess oil. You may want to repeat
this procedure depending on the results, and is recommended for up to
three applications to be assured of thorough oiling.
oil your cross cut shredder on a regular basis. If you are shredding a
small quantity such as only 50 sheets a week or if you are using a small
shredder, then you should oil your shredder every other day. If you are
shredding a large quantity such as hundreds of sheets, then oil after
30 minutes of usage or after you empty the bag.
Start oiling your paper shredder now. The shredder will run smoother, faster, and put less strain on the overall motor, gears, and bearings.
sounds as if you will need to have the auto feed sensor replaced. if they fail it will just run, thinking it sees paper. your machine is under warranty for three years from the date of purchase. call fellowes and see if they have repair depot in your area. 1-800-955-0959