Paper Shredder Repair & Maintenance – Keep It Alive!

Paper shredders can be tricky beasts and the quality ranges wildly from very low end toys to post-apocalyptic strength monsters that even Mad Max would be proud to use. Some paper shredders have plastic and nylon gears, where others have titanium-enhanced blades that can chew through staples, credit cards and CDs.

The shredder you use will depend entirely on what you need to use it for. As the Boy Scouts would say, “be prepared.” Don’t underestimate what your future needs may be and always get a shredder that can handle the job. If you purchase a cheap department store shredder, you may be cruisin’ for a bruisin’. In the shredder industry, you often get what you pay for.

Once you have purchased the “right” shredder, there are a few things you will want to do to keep it running correctly. The first thing you will want to do is purchase some shredder oil. Shredder oil keeps the moving blades from wearing out. Running a car without oil will eventually lead to a seized engine or a thrown rod. The same goes for shredders, especially those of the cross cut variety.

Change the bag when the shredder tells you to! Most modern shredders have a bag-full indicator. Luckily most shredders will turn off if the bag is too full. If your shredder does not have this capability, be sure you empty it before your shredder erupts like a confetti volcano. Too much paper in the bin will cause the blades to become constrained with packed paper particles. This isn’t good for the motor.

Much like you would with a high-end home theater system, I personally recommend putting your shredder on a surge protector. While most shredders feature built-in fuses, a surge protector will still help preserve electronics and extend its life. This isn’t terribly important for low-end kid’s meal shredders, but is ideal for higher-end office shredders.

Throw away those paper clips and don’t experiment with the shredder, it’s not a toy. Although many shredders claim they can handle paper clips and staples, it is still a very good idea to remove the paper clips. While staples don’t pose much of a threat, a thicker paper clip still has the potential of nicking and damaging the shredder blades. Don’t hold “what can it shred” contests either. You don’t want to get a sock or old 80’s mix tape jammed in the shredder.

If for any reason your shredder does break, you’re in luck. Here at ABC Office we have a fully trained and staffed service department. Not only can we service major brand shredders like Destroyit, Intimus, HSM, Kobra, Dahle, Formax and Fellowes, we can also service many brands we don’t have online. You can reach our service technician by calling 1-800-658-8788 or by filling out this form. May your shredder live long and prosper.

Keith Barlow

Keith is a third generation office equipment expert. ABC Office was started by his grandfather back in 1980 and he is proud to be caring on the values that made ABC Office what it is today… unsurpassed selection, detailed information, low prices, and courteous support.

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2 Responses to “Paper Shredder Repair & Maintenance – Keep It Alive!”

  1. J Says:

    Hi, I have a Staples brand shredder in need of an internal gear. The shredder is model #SPL-826X.



  2. Dave Says:

    I spoke with our Service Department and it looks like we are unable to service Staples brand shredders. Please let me know if for any reason you are unable to get your shredder fixed. We have a great selection of replacement models that are similar to the #SPL-826X.


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