The paper is feeding through the shredder, but the machine does not shred it fullly. The paper comes out still in one piece, but with shred lines through it. Paper can be pulled apart, ,but that defeats the purpose. Thank you for your thoughts!
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As for your first part - It sounds like there is something wrong with the switch lever that moves to complete the electrical circuit to start the shredder. On every shredder I have seen, there is a little "bellows" linked up to this lever that pushes it back so the machine will shut off. Most of the time all you have to do is put another piece of paper in and let that get shredded and the shredder will stop afterwards. If not, then just use the main switch to turn the shredder off.
Second, the beeping during "mid-shred" sounds like a warning that the shredder is starting to overheat and shut down. If this is the case, just wait a few minutes to allow it to cool down and try to finish the shredding you have. I have found that if you feed a shredder a constant stream of paper to shred, this might cause the shredder to overheat.
Also, the shredder may get overloaded with pieces of the shredded paper. Here is the way to check on that:
1. UNPLUG THE ELECTRICAL CORD FROM WHEREVER YOU HAVE IT PLUGGED IN.
2. Lift the shredder from the bin and turn it upside down.
3. Look for an excessive amount of paper in the bottom of the shredder. If there is a lot, you can remove it in several ways. (Most likely the bin is quite full at this point.) Pull the majority of it out and put it in the bin. If there are pieces of paper that you can pull out with your fingers, use a tool (needle-nose pliers, serrated tweezers, a hemostat, etc.) to get those difficult pieces out.
Replace the unit on the bin making sure that it is the same way you took it off. In most cases (on the better shredders), there is a notch on the underside of the shredder that needs to be on top of a "nub" that is on the edge of the inside top of the bin. Unless that nub is aligned with the slot, the shredder will not work.
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 oiling.
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.
If this is like my elecrtical paper shredder the solution is to unplug so it cannot shred you and then take any squashed up pieces of paper out of the cutters on the inside of the machine. I have to unblock my machine after every 50 or so pieces of paper I shred.
You dont say make or model so...get some shredder oil into the cutting teeth where you insert the paper...especially if its a x-cut shredder..make sure once in a while you shred a piece of paper with some of the oil poured onto the paper for lubrication of the cutting blades.
I'm assuming that it automatically detects the presence of paper... .
By opening the drawer you're disabling it from the safety switch. (they dont want you to shred your fingers from the bottom) There is probably a small piece of paper holding the feed sensor down.
If you're confidant, unplug the unit and take apart the plastic cover. Do not remove anything inside. Look for the small switch between the blades which 'feels' the presence of paper. There is probably a small piece of paper wedged between the housing and the switch which would fool the unit into thinking it has paper that still needs to be shredded.
Carefully put your unit back together and happy shredding.
This may happen often, remember what you did!!!
Try pouring some shredder oil into the throat where you normally insert the paper and run the machine in reverse.Put machine back into ready condition.
Put a piece of paper in the throat just enough so the machine should run but not all the way in so that the cutting mechanism catches the paper...all you want to do is make the machine run forwards but not actually be feeding in any paper.
If it wont even run in the forward direction you may have a pcb prob...give Royal a call at 1-800-524-0799 for parts assistance.