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Fellowes Shredmate Cross Cut Shredder

Shredder stopped working.

Found a minute switch on the side, under the unit and the shredder works when this switch is kept in so the motor and blades are working.

Spent ages finding a way to separate the top and bottom sections. There's a 7th screw under the bar code label!!!!

I suspect the automatic sensor / switch has failed inside the feeder slot?

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  • artyman Dec 29, 2007

    What a plonker I am!!!



    The shredder MUST be placed on top of the paper bin provided as there is an unobtrusive metal "arm" welded to the bin's left side which keeps the micro switch engaged.



    I had been testing the shredder removed from the paper bin.



    All is well now.

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    Top single feeder works but not 100 sheet auto feeder

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