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Working great until i emptied it now nothing is working

Shredder was working fine until i lifted the top to empty the bin now nothing is working. forward or reverse!!! nothing appears to be jammed in there.

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There is a sensor at the back, you can only see a small slot with a little piece of metal, the actuator, that when the top section, the shredder, is in its rigt place in contact with the box will function.

Posted on Nov 01, 2008

  • ClaudineDC Jan 28, 2011

    Thank you! I have been so frustrated with this shredder. Frequently, when I've removed the shredder from the basket, it wouldn't start again. After looking for jams, I finally discovered that by dropping it onto the basket it would usually work. This time that didn't affect it at all. Upon reading your suggestion, I used pliers to bend the small metal L bracket up toward the top of the basket, and now it sits in the correct position to trigger the actuator. It works!
    Thank you for taking the time to help the rest of us.



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