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Most shredders will have a shred and a reverse setting. Is it running in reverse? Has the bin been emptied? With the power off, you can remove the bin and manually pull excess shredded paper jammed in the cutting heads -watch out, sharp metal . Once cleared run single sheets for the first minute to help clear rollers.
Some shredders are great for thicker paper. If you put a thicker piece of card through, it should activate the switch located in the middle of the shred blades. The paper might be too light to push it forward. Also, if you click the feed catch beyond it's operating position, this can also stop the shredder with no lights.
The frequency of shredder oil applications is determined by a number of
factors. First of all cross cut shredders must be oiled more often than
strip cut shredders do. A cross cut paper shredder will require regular
applications of shredder oil while a strip cut can go for a longer
period of time without decreased performance. Secondly, paper
shredders that are used more will need more lubrication. A paper
shredder under heavy usage will need oil about once every four hours,
while one under normal use will only require oil once or twice a month.
Most manufacturers recommend oiling the cutters once every 30 minutes of
accumulative shredding, but an easy way to remember is just to oil your
paper shredder every time you change the bag. The type of material as
well as amounts fed at once can also effect performance and lead to the
need for oil.
Directions You should only use specifically designed shredder oil
to oil your paper shredder. This oil is designed to lubricate precision
heat treated shredder cylinders, and any other lubricant or oil will
void the manufacturers warranty. So don't use WD-40 or the like to oil
your paper shredder.
Shredder oil can come in both liquid and aerosol varieties. However, the most common is liquid shredder oil.
first way to oil your shredder is to spray or squirt lubricant into the
opening and onto the cutting heads. The oil is packaged in a squeeze
bottle and is applied directly onto the cutting head in a fine stream.
This is done through the paper entry throat. Take 1-2 seconds to oil
from one side of the opening to the other. Turn the machine in reverse
for about 10-15 seconds to allow the oil to transfer to all parts of the
cutting head. The final step is to shred a few sheets of paper to
remove any excess oil.
The other, and perhaps most common, way to
oil your paper shredder is illustrated in the image above. Simply
spread a small amount of shredder oil onto a piece of paper in a zig-zag
type motion. Make sure that you spread the oil over the entire sheet.
(NOTE: you don't need to soak the paper in oil, just ensure total and
even coverage.) Feed this sheet through the shredder and then operate
the machine in the reverse mode for a few seconds. This will make sure
the oil is dispersed throughout the shredders cutting cylinders. The
final step is to shred a few sheets of paper to remove any excess oil.
You may want to repeat this procedure depending on the results, and is
recommended for up to three applications to be assured of thorough
You should oil your cross cut shredder on a regular
basis. If you are shredding a small quantity such as only 50 sheets a
week or if you are using a small shredder, then you should oil your
shredder every other day. If you are shredding a large quantity such as
hundreds of sheets, then oil after 30 minutes of usage or after you
empty the bag.
Start oiling your paper shredder now. The shredder
will run smoother, faster, and put less strain on the overall motor,
gears, and bearings.
I just had this problem with my shredder. I think the problem started with a bin that was full. Running the shredder in reverse resulted in shredded paper being pulled up into the slot used to feed paper into the shredder. Some of this shredded paper was blocking the little plastic tab that activates the switch when paper is inserted, so the shredder would no longer start when paper was inserted. I emptied the bin and removed the shredded paper from the feed slot, being careful not to break the plastic "sensor" while removing the paper from under it. The shredder works fine now.
just had this problem with my shredder. I think the problem started
with a bin that was full. Running the shredder in reverse resulted in
shredded paper being pulled up into the slot used to feed paper into the
shredder. Some of this shredded paper was blocking the little plastic
tab that activates the switch when paper is inserted, so the shredder
would no longer start when paper was inserted. I emptied the bin and
removed the shredded paper from the feed slot, being careful not to
break the plastic "sensor" while removing the paper from under it. The
shredder works fine now.
The Royal cx-6 shredder is a small consumer shredder rated for "up to 6 sheets at a time" so yes it will jam with anything more that 6.
If running it in reverse won't work you will have to try to open it up and see if you can manually turn things to get the paper back out...there is no other way if it wont run in reverse...hopefully when you have the paper removed the machine will still function.
First, UNPLUG IT!
2 - Then remove the top. shredding part and flip it over.
3 - Carefully, with your fingers, not a pliers, remove all the paper bits and pieces from the underside of the shredder.
4 - Turn it back to right side up, and place it on the basket as it should be positioned, then plug it in and turn it on in REVERSE first.
5 - Once it starts, let it run until it stops; it should only be a couple of seconds.
6 - Turn the direction back to normal, and see if it will run that way.