Top 5 Mistakes That Will Kill Your Paper Shredder

Paper ShreddersSo you’ve invested some money in a good, reliable paper shredder that you plan on using every day? Chances are pretty good that you want that shredder to last a long time. So what are some of the most common mistakes that shredder owners do that will kill a paper shredder?

Top 5 Mistakes That Will Kill Your Paper Shredder

  1. Shredder Oil – How many of you knew that a shredder needs to be oiled? It’s amazing how many people end up with a seized shredder head and wonder why. There are a lot of moving parts in a shredder head, especially a cross cut shredder. Always oil your shredder! Shredder oil found here.
  2. Staples and Paper Clips – Many shredders now claim to be able to accept staples and paper clips. Some don’t make this claim. Either way, excessive amounts of staples and paper clips will eventually damage a shredder head. I like to remove any visible staples and paper clips prior to shredding.
  3. Too Much Paper – Don’t shred more paper than your shredder’s manual recommends. In fact, scale the maximum amount back by 15-20 percent. It will really help the motor. And remember, 20 sheets of paper does not mean 20 sheets of card stock. Shredding excessive amounts of paper will wear out the motor.
  4. Continuous Use – Be sure your shredder is rated for continuous use before using it continuously. Many cheap and entry-level shredders do not have thermally-protected motors and will burn out with excessive use.
  5. CDs and Credit Cards – Many people will automatically assume that their shredder can handle CDs and Credit Cards only to find out, after a serious jam, that it can’t. While many modern-day shredders can handle this material, be certain before trying.

Hopefully these tips will help you get more use out of your shredder. By following these simple rules, you may be able to extend your shredder’s life by years.

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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.


2 Responses to “Top 5 Mistakes That Will Kill Your Paper Shredder”

  1. Rebecca Raab Says:

    I have a Staples Model SPL-TMC10A 10 sheet micro cut shredder. The anti jam light came on while shredding and will not go off. The shredder will not accept anything to be shredded, but if I hold either the forward or reverse button down the shredder sounds like it is working. What might be the problem? The shredder has probably been used a total of five times and is mainly used to shred credit card reciepts.

  2. Dave Says:

    Without seeing the shredder in person I cannot say for sure what is happening, but it could be that the optical sensor (inside the shredder’s throat) is being covered with a particle of paper or dust. A can of air or simply blowing into the shredder may help clear this out.

    If the shredder is new enough, it may still be covered under warranty and you may be able to get a replacement model from Staples.

    You may want to give our Service Technician a call at 1-800-658-8788 and get more detailed advice on what’s going on with your particular situation.

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