Question about Fellowes Powershred PS-60 Shredder
Has power lights come on doesn't run
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: novitech shredder
After clearing the jam (with the unit unplugged!), let the unit cool completely, then try using it again. A notice on the nameplate inside my unit says: "2 min on/4 min off." Apparently, a thermal cutoff keeps it from overheating by automatically preventing continued operation that might otherwise melt the parts. So heed the directions. I had the same problem with my NoviTech Model PS-026/B2 crosscut shredder (max: 5 sheets, 1 credit card). Also, make sure the motor mechanism is seated square and flush on the bin. I tried testing it out of the bin, and the green ready light wouldn't come on -- for a good reason: safety. (I still have all of my fingers, thanks to that!) Hope this helps.
Posted on Aug 17, 2008
I lived with the problem for 6+ Months -- drove me NUTS -- Today, I called Fellows -- Spoke to "JoAnn"... She said this works 80% of the time...
Pull out the bin -- put your foot inside to hold the shredder down -- pull up on the top of the shredder -- you WILL hear a POP as the plastic top disengages from the bottom but TRUST ME THIS IS OK! -- take off this top section (which houses the blades) -- flip it over -- you will see 6 screws total but it is the sets of 2 screws close together to focus on -- right next to the screws you will see a tiny glass sensor -- use a q-tip and alcohol to give them a wipe -- press the top back on -- bin back in -- you are DONE -- This took me less than 1 minute and it works as it did the day I got it! Go shred something! :)
Posted on Jan 05, 2009
Best to use the alcohol/cotton swab recommendation. When I first called Fellowes about cleaning the sensor, they told me never to spray compressed air into the shredder throat, but without much explanation. Later I discovered that the instructions on some of the compressed air cans specifically warn against using them to clear shredder sensors, as the flammable accelerant can leak out when the can is held at an angle and possibly ignite if a spark is generated by the machine.
This link will take you to the Fellowes FAQ page:
On the page click on "How do I clean the sensors on my (model) shredder." I depart a bit from the instructions in that I don't replace the two screws on the throat guide. That way, I can simply slide the media guide toward the front of the machine, lift up the throat guide and do my cleaning. Much faster and, in my opinion, not having the throat guide screws in does not seem to pose much of a safety issue.
Posted on Jan 22, 2009
Make sure there is no paper shreds blocking the sensors on top and also underneith the cutters. Use a cotton q-tip to clean dust from sensors and maybe compressed air.
Posted on May 15, 2009
I have seen paper shreds build up inside the cutter housing on this model. It grows into a big tumor inside and places a lot of resistance. You will have to take it apart and clean it thoroughly. Also, oiling the cutter asm.
Posted on Sep 07, 2009
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Shut off the shredder. Unplug it and let in cool down for up to one hour. This will work if the shredder has stopped due to excessive use.
Check to see if the shredder is jammed. This is the most common cause of shredder problems. Click the power switch to reverse, which should clear a minor jam. If not, set the shredder to auto, and then to reverse again until the jam clears.
Clear extremely stubborn paper jams by grabbing the stuck paper and gently pulling it out. If smaller pieces of paper cause the jam, shut off the shredder and unplug it. When it cools down, carefully use a pair of tweezers to remove the paper bits.
Determine if the power supply to the shredder is working properly. If the power supply is cold, use an alternative source of electricity for your shredder. If it is warm, there may be a problem with the shredder itself. Call your office machine repair shop or the shredder manufacturer for assistance.
Sharpen or oil the blades. Shredder blades need to be oiled on a regular basis to keep your machine in proper working order. Get oil made specifically for shredder blades from an office supply store.
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