I have an SPL-1506X, and the power light doesn't come on when I plug it in. When you switch it to auto or reverse, it doesn't do anything. I've only had it about 6 months, and it gets pretty moderate usage.
I had the same problem-one day the shredder worked, the next day no power. We checked the fuse and it was ok. There is a safety switch that has to engage with a plastic tab on the bin. For some reason it was no longer engaging. We put a piece of cardboard into the slot and now it works fine.
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If you have used it a lot, it may have tripped the thermal fuse. Normally, these reset themselves. One thing to make sure of,, is that the safety switch under the machine is firmly on the pin in the basket under it.
This is a light duty shredder, you can only use it for two minutes!
6-sheet, light-duty, up to 25 uses/day
Runs 2 min on / 4 min off
First determine if there's power to the unit. Plug something else into the receptacle and verify if it's working.
If OK, plug the shredder into the outlet and turn to it's "auto" position. You should see a red or green LED light up, indicating that it's powered up and ready.
If you get a light and it still doesn't work, it's probably the switch that senses the paper entering the slot is stuck closed (adhesive from labels and the like, or paper dust can cause this. Personally I would just buy a new one (not worth the cost of repairing).
If no light, check to see that it's sitting on the waste container properly. This units have a safety switch and it it's not seated properly, you get nothing, no light, no motor, no shred.
Unplug the shredder... Take the top off and turn it upside down. Use a screwdriver to take the lower cowling off and look at the motor. If the mounting area where the motor sits looks melted at all, the machine is toast. If the motor mounting area looks good, look at the slot where the paper is inserted... there should be a sensor (that "sees" the paper when you insert it) at the paper slot. Check to see that the sensor isn't damaged.
These shredders have a "paper in" sensor. This is either optical or mechanical. Sounds like the sensor is blocked and therefore "thinks" there is still more paper left, and this is why it keeps going.
Before you do anything UNPLUG THE SHREDDER. The sensor is located about in the middle and at the level of the blades. If it's mechanical, you should see a little finger, else it is electronic. Shine a light in the area and you should be able to spot where the blockage is. A shot with compressed ais usually gets rid of the offending particles.
After you're finished working on it, set it back securely on the basket and plug it in.
I have the exact same problem. In fact, my SPL-1506X is sitting disassembled on the kitchen table as I write this. There is a PC Board inside the unit with a relay that directs the motor to run in forward or reverse. My relay is fused in the reverse position. I know this because the relay's casing is clear polycarbonate. If that relay can be replaced, the SPL-1506X will be fixed, I'm convinced. Unfortunately, the relay is made in China. So much for quality! I located the part no. on the web: Sanyou SME-2110DP a DPDT relay. If you can find it(which I can't), you're in luck. Myself, I'm going to trash the unit.