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Use of Mineral oil or Vegetable oil for shredder?

Can you use mineral oil, or vegetable oil to lubricate your shredder?

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Hi I am a shredder technician. Though it is not recommended you can use either as long as they dont gum up the machine over time. As this will cause you major problems. please leave feedback . Have a nice day. And good luck

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