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My Royal shredder is knocking

I was shredding some documents when I heard a knocking sound come from the machine. I figued it may have been overheating so I gave it a rest. When I came back the knocking was still there. I tried to oil it in hopes that it would go away but it is still there. Any idea?

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  • Anonymous Dec 03, 2007

    The shredder is knocking, but I don't know how to reset the gears. What does that mean?

  • Anonymous Apr 15, 2008

    mine is the plastic gear 2 and 3 that is broken.makes knocking noise.



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Check out the site below for Royal Shredder gears and parts. I had a problem with the first gear coming off the motor and had no problems replacing it here.

Posted on Nov 10, 2008


THere is a main gear right off the motor drive that is nylon and shreds (no pun intended). I have been searching for a replacement without much sucess. PLanned? Maybe.

Posted on Jun 09, 2008


One of the plastic gears is broken.have same problem mine is the 2 and 3 gear.

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The gears may have come out of whack. With the power off you can try opening the mechanism to reset it. -Vish

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