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Shredder problems Our Fellowes 420 Powershredder won't shred.  The red light stays on even after I clean the top inside of the shredder. It will work for one shredding and then the red light comes back on and it will only reverse

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Re: shredder problems

Seems it could be a problem with one of your sensors Fellowes Customer Service can easily and quickly diagnose your problem. 1-800-945-4545

Posted on Feb 26, 2008

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