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How to fix a stuck shredder

Paper appears clogged in one 1/2 inch section of schredder

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  • jpgund Mar 19, 2008

    I did have to use a pair of hemostats to get the paper out (husband's pliers not thin enough) so nurse Judy to the rescue! And my local hardware store had oil in smaller than 1 quart. Thanks.

  • maize Aug 06, 2008

    I have a GBC 1150X with the same problem. The same small area gets paper wrapped around the core. GBC said it's the stripper unit that needs replacing but that costs more than to buy a new unit. I put a piece of tape across the area so paper won't feed into that spot for now, but I'm buying another shredder.

  • regim Apr 30, 2009

    Your solution with the oil is a very bad idea. I saturated paper with 3-1 and tried to get it to go through the center of the shredder where it is clogged. The side are not clogged. Well, the oil literally exploded. 
    I had my face down to the shredder but thank God my hand was in front of my face.
    The explosion was as loud as a fire cracker. It burnt my hair and I have a huge blister on my hand.

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Go to your local hardware store, and pick up a quart of 3 in 1 oil, shredder oil or some other light weight oil. (With the shredder in the off position or unplugged). Use a couple of ounces and Pour the oil over the paper that is jammed in the shredder. Use enough oil so it saturated the jammed paper. Wait about 10 - 15 minutes so the oil really soaks into the paper. Don't go crazy with the oil, and keep in mind what goes in, must come out. If you pour too much oil in the shredder, the exess oil will drip out. Don't worry about having oil in the shredder blade, this will help lubricated the teeth, and it will actually make your shredder blades last longer.

Now try to turn your shredder on after the oil has soaked into the paper for 10-15 minutes. Hopefully, the paper that is stuck has gotten softer, and then it should pass the paper. If it still doesnt work, then, try some more oil on the paper, and then wait and then turn the shredder to the forward, and then reverse mode, and then back and forth.

Hopefully your shredder will be unclogged by this time.
Hope this helps.
Good luck.

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