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How to Oil a Fellowes Shredder

Updated February 21, 2017

Fellowes shredders need oiling periodically. Cross-cut shredders need monthly oiling. Paper jamming; the shredder shredding less than its capacity; and squeaking or rubbing noises can indicate that a shredder’s cutting blades need oiling. Fellowes sells specific shredder oil for its products, but you can also use corn or canola. Fellowes oil comes in a small bottle with a nozzle tip.

Press the Reverse button and hold it down.

Place the extension nozzle tip of the oil bottle in the slot that you use to insert paper into the shredder and introduce a stream of oil across the slot in a single continuous action.

Turn the power switch to the Auto position, or if you shredder has it, press the Forward button. Let the blades run for a few seconds.

Turn the power switch to the Auto position, or if you shredder has it, press the Forward button. Let the blades run for a few seconds.

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 three times.

Things You'll Need

  • Powershred lubricant, or vegetable-based oil in a non-aerosol container with tip
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Patrick Nelson has been a professional writer since 1992. He was editor and publisher of the music industry trade publication "Producer Report" and has written for a number of technology blogs. Nelson studied design at Hornsey Art School.