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  • Vactra #2 for paper shredder?

    Way oil is supposed to avoid attracting dust, so would it make a good oil for a paper shredder?
    Cheers,

    Frank Ford
    HomeShopTech

  • #2
    It will attract dust. When I maintained a good-sized German made shredder, I found that the best thing to use was lightweight air-tool oil. You just have to apply it regularly, in our case every week.

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    • #3
      Way oil attracts dust like any other oil will. I think you are thinking not holding chips and stuff like that.

      They do sell a specific oil for paper shredders.

      http://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/...FWNxQgodgEEA7Q

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      • #4
        If you read thru the MSDS sheets of the shredder oil that is being sold out there, you will see that it is either Canaola Oil (Fellows) or R & O Turbine #22 spindle oil (Witaker Brothers shredder oil).

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        • #5
          Originally posted by crrmeyer View Post
          If you read thru the MSDS sheets of the shredder oil that is being sold out there, you will see that it is either Canaola Oil (Fellows) or R & O Turbine #22 spindle oil (Witaker Brothers shredder oil).
          Exactly. There is little heat generated in a properly functioning shredder, and the air-tool oil is about the cheapest 'turbine' oil you can get!

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          • #6
            The bottle of Fellows shredder oil we bought says it is vegetable oil, my guess is any cooking oil should be fine.

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            • #7
              Thanks ever'body i guess we'll probably continue shredding the occasional piece of waxed paper, or bring a little cooking oil from home. . .
              Cheers,

              Frank Ford
              HomeShopTech

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              • #8
                When I bought some Vactra #2 it was only available by the gallon so I have enough for a couple lifetimes. I'd not hesitate to dribble some into the shredder.

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                • #9
                  I used to work for an accountant and had a pretty steamy love affair with the shredder.

                  I used vegetable oil...not canola, not rapeseed, not EVOO....just vegetable oil.

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                  • #10
                    I bet any machine oil you use, e.g. way, spindle, hydraulic, air tool, sewing machine, etc, will work equally unnoticeably.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Dr Stan View Post
                      The bottle of Fellows shredder oil we bought says it is vegetable oil, my guess is any cooking oil should be fine.
                      I would not use cooking oil. It WILL gum up.
                      Paul A.

                      Make it fit.
                      You can't win and there is a penalty for trying!

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                      • #12
                        I also would not use cooking or vegetable oil, unless it was made specifically for the task. Aside from it becoming gummy, veggie oil can easily go rancid when exposed to air for a long time. And rancid oil STINKS. I suspect that Fellows adds some ingredient to counter the rancidity.

                        Air tool oil sounds to me like the best solution if you don't want to buy something special.

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                        • #13
                          One thing I WOULDN'T suggest is spray white grease. At least don't apply the grease and use it immediately. My son sprayed some grease on the cutting blades and fed a piece of paper through the machine. Unfortunately, he was leaning over the shredder when a large ball of fire blew out of the unit. Fortunately, all the damage he got was some singed hair and some very minor flash burns (great timing though, just before a job interview!). I checked the can and found that the propellant was a mixture of heptane, butane,and propane, some (or all) which were heavier than air. The propellant pooled in the bottom of the unit and was ignited by either the motor or a switch.

                          Spray it on and fan out any propellant.

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                          • #14
                            Would a silicone spray work? I don't think it would attract dust but may not lubricate like an oil would.

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