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Motor not shutting off in Fellowes Powerhouse C-14 shredder

When shredder is in automatic mode and something is shredded, it does not shut automatically.

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  • joebry Jan 12, 2008

    I have the P-57C and it did automatically shut off but it does not automatically stop now when finished.

  • wm126883 Jul 04, 2008

    My Fellows powershred PS60 sometimes will not shut off. If I leave It in the automatic position it will sometimes start and continue to run until someone notices it. Tonight when I returned to my office it was running, very hot, smelled like burning electrical ozone, and the plastic case was melting. It is sitting at the curb now.

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    After shredding the paper it used to shut off. Now I have to manually shut it off.



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The sensor arm located in the middle of feeder is jammed down.
To clear this you can try to shred strip of very thick paper or thin cardboard. Run it through the middle of the feed opening. If that does not work clear the paper jamming the sensor arm it a pair of tweezers Otherwise you could soak the blockage between rollers with liquid soap as a lubricant. After soaking, and once the paper has softened loosen and then remove it with your tweezers.
Your unit should operate fine now!!

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This is an issue with your paperfeed sensor. You need to call Fellowes at 1-800-945-4545.

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