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Re: How to fix a stuck shredder
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.
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1) pull what you can of the jammed paper out. Make sure the shredder is unplugged whenever trying to work on or in the unit.
2) Then liberally soak the remaining jam with shredder oil and let it sit for 15-20minutes.
3) Try to pull out what you can again. Use tweezers or pliers if available.
4) Then first start the shredder in reverse and then alternate for a few seconds between forward and reverse.
5) If it is still jammed repeat all of the steps as necessary.
Take care, because this thing can also shred your fingers.
Remove the plug from the outlet and try to remove the paper under the rolls. Us a tool, not your fingers. It even would be better, if you could put the top upside down, so you could see where the bulk of paper is clothing the wheels and the sensor.
I think you already emptied the bag under the shredder, because the paper full sensor also prevents the shredder from running forwards.
Wow, a name from the past.... with any shredder the easiest way to "oil it" is just to put a bead of oil in an "S" pattern down a sheet of paper to be shredded and then shred the sheet of paper.
If you shred a lot you should do this more frequently...if its only occassional shredding OR if its a strip cut shredder then you don't have to do this as often.
Cross cut shredders require more frequent oiling
versus the straight strip shredders. The more paper and use it gets the
more oil it requires. A good rule of thumb is to oil the machine each
time you change the bag.
Use only shredder oil designed for the specific brand of paper shredder you have. Manufacturers design paper shredder oils to be heat tolerant for the cylinders and blades, and they calibrate them specifically for their machines.
Spray, squirt or run a bead of oil across the blade opening.
It shouldn't take more than a second or two to reach from one end to the
other. Any more than that may result in too much oil applied. Quicker
than that means there isn't enough oil to adequately lubricate the
Turn the paper shredder to "Manual" and run the gears in
reverse for a few seconds, then turn the shredder on "Forward" or
"Standard" mode. This ensures that you distribute the oil throughout the
machine, and going in reverse first forces some of the dripping oil
back up, and then the forward moving blades push it back through the
Oil a sheet of paper rather than the machine. Don't just run a
bead of oil across the bottom of the sheet because the paper soaks up
the oil and the oil may not reach all of the necessary parts. Instead,
spray the whole sheet, or run a zigzag line across the paper and
immediately send it through the shredder tooil it.
Do the shredding blades turn??? If the motor runs but the blades dont turn then you have probably lost a gear. If the motor dosnt run in the forward direction you may have lost the PCB.
Once you can be more specific you can contact Royal at 1-800-524-0799 for parts assistance.
Most probably the safety switch is preventing it from turning on. Try neatly and firmly closing the paper basket door/opening; see if any paper bits got stuck somewhere, preventing the switch from being deactivated.