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I have an older version of JS55 strip shredder. I shredded some things that had glue on them. Now it jams a lot. Can I use olive oil on the shredder slots?

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Remember that vegetable oils go rancid quickly; they're meant for eating and not industrial lubrication on a regular basis. The use vegetable oil trick is actually intended for people who use their shredders OFTEN, not OCCASIONALLY. I have a giant bottle of canola oil at the office for the big shredder, I use the branded oil at home. The amount of shredding most offices do is enough to warrant using vegetable oil since more than likely by the end of of a typical maintenance cycle, the oil is long gone from the blades and feeding mechanism.

Do not use olive oil, corn oil, cottonseed, peanut, palm, or ANY vegetable oil with an odor. Unless you want your shredder smelling like food, stay away from any vegetable oil with a distinct odor. Canola oil is the best substitute for branded oil. Also look for lower grade canola cooking oil, the ones you often find in thrift stores or 99 cent stores. It should look more "watery" than viscous.

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  1. Turn the shredder off at the wall and unplug it. You DO NOT want to be poking round in those sharp blades and have it accidentally switch on!
  2. Take the top off the shredder and place it on a big piece of newspaper, or somewhere you can easily sweep up mess.
  3. Begin by getting a pair of tweezers and taking pieces of paper from one end of the shredding blades. This will loosen it up and give you more room to get the rest out.
  4. Carry on tugging the strips of paper out. It helps if you don't just pull a clump, but wiggle it from side to side. This will get the whole strip out, not just the top.
  5. If any pieces are curled round and you can't free them, cut them with the knife and then tug them out.
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  • Remember to wiggle the paper, not just pull.
  • Shake it occasionally to get smaller pieces of paper out of the blades.
  • Try not to jam it in the first place (avoid loading a lot of paper or thick sheets of newspaper).
  • Use oil paper or performance oil to lubricate the blades on a regular basis. For an office shredder, medium to heavy usage can require lubrication as often as every three days.
  • To prevent the shredder blades from dulling, remove paper clips and staples before shredding. Shredding CDs and DVDs also cause premature wear & tear. Use the Disc Eraser (www.DiscEraser.com) if you have sensitive discs.

[edit] Warnings
  • Always turn the shredder off at the wall and unplug it! You don't want shredded fingers!
  • Be careful with the blades - they are sharp and you could cut yourself.

[edit] Things You'll Need
  • A pair of tweezers
  • A small, sharp knife

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