Even after the royal VF1012MX is rested, cleaned and reads green for shredding, the moment you put a sheet in the red overload light goes on and no shredding takes place. the reverse mode works so i know there should not be a gear issue
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Re: red overload light is on
Try pouring some shredder oil into the throat where you normally insert the paper and run the machine in reverse.Put machine back into ready condition.
Put a piece of paper in the throat just enough so the machine should run but not all the way in so that the cutting mechanism catches the paper...all you want to do is make the machine run forwards but not actually be feeding in any paper.
If it wont even run in the forward direction you may have a pcb prob...give Royal a call at 1-800-524-0799 for parts assistance.
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It might need cleaning; mine had the shredded paper jammed in by cutters and some shreds got between the gears. First, try using a "cleaning sheet": a piece of paper lightly sprayed or smeared with vegetable oil or spray cooking oil. If that doesn't do fix it, the shredding mechanism, which has many parts, some of which are sharp as razors, might need to be disassembled and cleaned. Though I did that disassembly and cleaning, I would not recommend it to the casual DIY-er.
Try running the machine in reverse and putting some shredder oil onto the cutting blades to loosen things up. Then try running the machine in the forward direction but hold the paper in the eyes but dont let it go into the shredding blades...see if it runs forward.!
If it will do this then slowly try paper 1 sheet at a time..but put some shredder oil onto the sheets of paper you are shredding.
If the overload light still comes on without even letting you shred 1 sheet of paper then you likely have another problem...maybe the motor or pcb..you can contact Royal at 1-800-524-0799 for parts assistance.
You should open the top up so you can see whats going on inside. take a good look at the pcb and see if its going "black" in any places(not a good sign) Remove any paper lying inside the unit...check and see if its paper, the pcb, or the motor that is "smoking"...have you ever lubricated the cutting blades.???
Once you determine where the problem is you can call Royal at 1-800-524-0799 for parts and prices if needed.
Royal. Haven't heard of that brand. Could get in contact with tech service, but it's probably easier to grab a new paper shredder.
Paper shredders can be pretty cheap though, great guide to cheap paper shredders here: http://hubpages.com/hub/Best-Paper-Shredders
Over load light comes on only when you have either put too thick a bundle of paper or too hard. So reduce the thickness according to the hardness of the paper. Start with a few sheets of paper only. then increase the number of sheets till you find the shredder is struggling hard to do the job. That is your limit. If you exceed this limit then it would stop shredding and may even burn the motor ultimately.
Try pouring some shredder oil into the cutting blades where you insert the paper then run the unit in reverse for a while. Then put some of the shredder oil onto a sheet of paper and try shredding the sheet of paper. Some lubrication on a x-cut shredder does not hurt.
Pour some shredder oil in the throat where you normally insert the paper...put some shredder oil directly onto 1 sheet of paper and try shredding 1 sheet. If it wont even shred 1 sheet I would ask is the shredder running???
Put in less thicknesses. Also, put them in in the center. If they are near the edge and they are at an angle, they will flip over themselves and double the thickness.
It is designed for 12 sheets of paper. They probably figure on 18 pound paper, not 20. Adjust what you put in to allow for this.