In this age of information swapping, it's much more important to protect your vital personal, client, or business information than ever before. Post offices, institutions, colleges, Pharmacies, doctor's offices and many more important places have to dispose of paperwork in a safe and secure manner. More and more people are purchasing paper shredders to protect their accounts: credit card, gas company, utility bills, etc.
It is important to do regular maintenance on the machine . Paper shredders are suprisingly simple to operate and usually require very little maintenance. Keeping a paper shredder in good working order ensures that paper shredding is easy and done efficiently.The quality of paper shredders continues to improve. The major manufacturers like GBC, Dahle and Fellowes have created machines that run faster, quieter, shred larger volumes with greater efficiency and with a variety of electric features. However, they are still machines. If you neglect them they will break down.
You must periodically clear the cutting heads of excess shredded paper. This build up of paper can lead to problems down the road if it is neglected. It can also combine with the shredder oil to create a sticky mess that only gets worse with time.
Safety is important when it comes to shredding of documents because the sharp cutting blades are extremely dangerous. Some shredders have built in safety features that prevent the machine from cutting anything that it isn't supposed to, however, safety features can still fail. That is why it is important to understand basic safety in operating these equipments. Paper shredders need periodic oiling to operate at maximum efficiency. A cross cut shredder will always need to be oiled more frequently than a strip cut shredder and should be oiled every ½ hour of shredding time. But a ¼” strip cut shredder that is used only 1 to 2 hours per week will need to be oiled just once a week.
Shredder oil is the only lubricant which should be used in your paper shredder as it is specially formulated to avoid residue build up on the cutting blades. Other oils may attract paper dust which will clog the cutting head.