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It turns on but the blade part won't turn to shred, just whirrs

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I have a TechSolutions 4500. The light comes on but the blades won't turn. I've checked underneath and it is clear of any jammed paper and there are no broken washers, etc. that might jam it and there are none. Ive checked the sensor and it seems to be working. Reverse doesn't work either. It worked the day before but not today. Could it be that it over-heated? I've tried taking out the screws on top but I think there must be a clamp that keeps the lid on as it won't release the top even after taking out all 6 screws. I never shred more than 5 sheets and this is a 7-sheet capacity so I'm thinking it was over heated.

Posted on Jun 21, 2009

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