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My paper shredder stopped working

My shredder stopped working in the middle of shedding a piece of paper. The motor is running but the blades won't turn. What could be the problem?

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First things First...UNPLUG THE UNIT. It sounds like it has been fed too many pages at one time. You may also want to dump any shredded paper so there is plenty of room for the shredder blades to pull in the paper. If the paper catcher is too full the blades can grab shreds from the bottom and stop the blades movement. Just be careful. Shredders can be dangerous.

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