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Shredder motor runs but gears are not engaging and will not take up paper to be shredded. Model is Royal VF1012mx

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I have the same problem and upon removing the gears I found one that is plastic and worn pretty bad. Replacement parts can be purchased at 1-800-222-2310. Part # VF1012MX-08 Gear #2
I advise purchasing the metal one.

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Thanks for all the advice, I opened it up and one shaft of the gears that drive the cutters is worn and just spins inside the gear. It appears that at one time the chaft or the hole in the gears was a hex. Or possibly there is a snap ring missing. I shook it up quite a bit and found no snap ring. Any thoughts on ease of repair. Or just go out and buy new?

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