How to Oil a Fellowes Shredder

by Patrick Nelson; Updated September 26, 2017
The shredder shredding less than its capacity can indicate that it needs oiling.

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 oil. Fellowes oil comes in a small bottle with a nozzle tip.

Step 1

Press the Reverse button and hold it down.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 three times.

About the Author

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.

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