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The on off switch is bad. .it controls the power if it will not switch off. Remove the cord from the wall. Then take the top panel cover off then with a small piece of tape mark the bottom wire on the switch .simply pull the top wire off switch. Tape the end of the wire so it doesn't touch anything. Plug back into the wall it will not run. Replacement of the switch is needed. Unplug cord from the wall. Take the wire off bottom of the switch. The switch should have 2 tabs on it squeeze them ad push the switch out . Go to Radio Shack get a new switch.
If it is just a matter of the power switch, that is an easy part to replace. It might also be that one of the leads to the switch has come loose (some shredders just use the slip-on connectors) and needs to be put back on. Also, if the wires are attached to the switch, have you tried touching the wires from the switch and seeing if the shredder will work then. You can use a short piece of insulated wire to act as a jumper cable to touch the two wires going to the switch. If this doesn't allow the shredder to operate (you need to have something pressing down on the safety switch), then you need a new shredder.
I had the same problem. It's prob the optical chopper/encoder wheel on the motor shaft that wobbled loose and scraped on the sensor until plastic filings plugged up the holes. remove cover and check the "u" type sensor the chopper wheel runs in. Mine was really crammed full of plastic so I had to take it it off and pick it out with a blade. when you reinstall make sure wheel runs between sensor with no scraping.
the shredder has a safety switch that closes when the unit is put back on the basket. check under the cutter head for the hole that has the switch and check your basket for the acuator put together so they will line up
Thank you so very much for going into so much detail about my shredder that wouldn't pull paper thru it. You were SO NICE to do all that & I sincerely wish I could send you a picture of the wiring. HOWEVER, I threw it away months ago when I got no answer to my problem. Guess I'm not patient enough :-) I sincerely appreciate your reply and wish that I could help you out. If I still had it, I'd just mail it to you :-)