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Oil leaks into bin

Oil is leaking into bin/floor of shredder - look like from plug under reservoir - how do we fix? brand new machine.

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Do you have an automatic oiler on machine?
If so, drain the oil, unscrew the reservoir plug and wrap threads with teflon tape.

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The bin full light is illuminated and it beeps. We have changed the bag so that it is empty and the sound and light are still on. Help please.


Paper shredders are messy. Fine paper dust covers everything, get a can of compressed air and clean under the shredding wheels. Looking up from the bottom check for any sensors that might be plugged.

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Stops shredding before finsh


Did you clean up the reservoir, under the shredder? Or did you put in to many papers in the same time?
Sometimes you can put a little oil on the paper, to keep the thing going on. Special shredder oil is available in the store you bought your shredder

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Were are the sensors for the loading door & bin full, to clean so light will go off and shredder will work.


The feed sensor is right up by the paper slot usually on the back side of the slot as you are looking at it.

Jan 07, 2013 | Office Shredders

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Paper has wrapped around the cutting blades and is packed in tight. How do I clean this?


    • 1 Unplug the paper shredder. Empty the shreds from the collection bin. Pull as much stuck material as possible from the top and bottom of the shredder blades with pliers.
    • 2 Place the paper shredder back on the collection bin base and plug the shredder back in. Rock the shredding direction back and forth between forward and reverse. Pull on the jammed pieces as the shredder shifts between directions.
    • 3 Run the shredder in reverse continuously once the paper jam is cleared. Make two passes across the cutting blades while drizzling synthetic shredder oil. Switch the direction to forward to run continuously for one minute.
    • 4 Lower two sheets of clean paper into the shredder. The paper removes excess oil, metal fragments and debris from the cutting blades. Blast the blades with compressed air when you notice a build-up of small paper scraps that may cause a jam.

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Why is the fellowes blade still rotating even when there is no paper?


It is possible that a small shred of paper is lodged at the sensor underneath the cutting blade.
    • 1 Unplug the paper shredder. Empty the shreds from the collection bin. Pull as much stuck material as possible from the top and bottom of the shredder blades with pliers or use canned air and blow the edges of the blades.
    • 2 Place the paper shredder back on the collection bin base and plug the shredder back in. Rock the shredding direction back and forth between forward and reverse.
    • 3 Make two passes across the cutting blades while drizzling synthetic shredder oil. Switch the direction to forward to run continuously for one minute.
    • 4 Lower two sheets of clean paper into the shredder. The paper removes excess oil, metal fragments and debris from the cutting blades. Blast the blades with compressed air when you notice a build-up of small paper scraps that may cause a jam.

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Shredder doesn't want to shred in forward gear, have to Reverse first then switch it to On/Auto. Have to keep going back & forth between Reverse & On/Auto to get document shredded. Shredder is less...


Shredders became popular when the identity theft thing started happening and to save money they stopped making them with quiet, powerful induction motors and now it's almost impossible to find a consumer model without the poor quality loud motors that don't have enough to power to operate the machine once it's a little dirty. Anyway, unplug it, and you're doing this at your own risk, take the shredder off the trash can or its own waste bin and turn it over. If it's straight cut shredder you will probably be able to see the slot where the shredder paper exits the blade area. If it's a crosscut shredder there might be a door that will close over the blades to cut you from getting cut. Respect that, but open this door, and see if there's bits of paper jammed up around the blades. Wear some protective gloves and use pliers or some kind of tool to dig out the compacted trash, being careful not to damage or bend the blades. Now you should pick up some shredder oil from your local office store, or see link to order. Follow the instructions on the oil, and this will make your shredder run with a lot less stress. This is only a temporary fix however. In a couple weeks or months you will have to do this again. It's all part of owning a paper shredder. If you like it that much, look into buying a nicer model. You totally get what you pay for with a paper shredder.
Shredder Oil: http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/285661/Office-Depot-Brand-Shredder-Oil-4/?cm_mmc=Mercent-_-Google-_-Shredder_Supplies-_-285661&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=CPC&utm_campaign=plusbox-beta&mr:trackingCode=7646DB1A-EC81-DE11-B7F3-0019B9C043EB&mr:referralID=NA

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The empty basket light stays on all the time


Try cleaning the bin full sensors. located on both sides of your machine, inside the bin,under the cutter head. If that does not solve problem, you need to replace bin full sensors.

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Hsm 225.2 jerks in & out 2-3cm and wont eat paper!


try oiling the cutters...this helps out with the shredding of paper...also make sure properly mounted on bin, try resetting the shreddar, unplugging it and then plugging back in...check to make sure no paper or anything stuck in shreddar and make sure no broken gears..if this doesn't work and your shreddar is under warranty it would be a good time to call the warranty company

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Shredder Malfunction


Unless you are going to take the entire shredder apart, you are not going to be able to get to the blades unless you were going to pour some kind of liquid adhesive removal into the blades.
This wouldn't be my 1st suggestion.

One thing you can try is, go to your local hardware store and purchase a pint or quart of 3 in 1 household oil. With the machine UNPLUGGED. **** Also I would place some sheets of paper towels inside the catch bin to absorb any excess oil that drips out. **** Pour the 3 in 1 oil into the blades and let it soak in. I would start with about 2- 4 ounces, then wait about 10 minutes to allow the oil to soak into the labels. Plug the machine in and try running 1 single sheet through the shredder. With any luck, some of the labels will either stick to the paper or drop into the basket. You might have to do this about 3-5 times.
** Remember to UNPLUG the shredder each time you are pouring the 3 in 1 oil on to the blades just as a safety precaution.

I hope this helps.
Please let me know if it worked or not and also post a feedback / rating for me.
Have a good day.
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