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Exploding paper shredder - very dangerous

I have a Fellows DI5000 shredder. It ceased to operate after processing a dozen books of blank checks, shredding no more than 5 at a time in auto mode. I allowed it to cool, then cleaned it of packed shreds, then blew it out with canned air. I plugged it into the wall and BOOM, it exploded with a flash of heat, burning off my eyelashes and filling my nose with acrid smoke. I quickly bathed my eyes and have no permanent damage, just a headache. A quick Google search yielded a few similar cases. Replies to other reports included an admonishment from a Fellows rep to never use compressed air to clean a shredder. How thoughtful! I may contact UL to complain.

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I'd call your lawyer and tell him you can't touch any machinery which contains an electric motor because you have been psychologically damaged. Maybe Fellows will settle out of court.

Otherwise ring your local 7:30 current affairs news program.

I don't know why their motor would not be shielded from paper dust.
It is no big surprise that it may be dusty in there.

I'm glad you did suffer any permanent physical damage.

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