Q: Can you run staples through?
A: Yes, this item can shred staples.
Q: How often is it recommended to lubricate this unit?
A: Every time you empty the bag is a good time to lubricate. Hope it will help you.
Q: My old shredder had a removable top (and a basket). I could remove the top, flip it over, and clear any paper jams. Does this one allow that?
A: This shredder has no removable top, safer that way.