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Shredder stays in ON - running mode model spl-826X

I also have the same shredder and it works great.. a few weeks ago noticed that in ON mode it stays ON - teeth running - and doesn't automatically turn OFF as it used to. I thought the teeth might be dry from too much shredding so I oiled them but it still keeps on running w/o turning off automatically. does anyone else have this problem?

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  • Tony Feb 08, 2008

    yea, I already looked at it and the teeth are clean. Already tried the turning on/off several times over the past few days. will look again to see if something else is stuck there.... thanks for your time and trouble!!!



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More than likely, it is the sensor that is blocked or dirty.

Unplug the machine. If you take a flashlight and shine it down in the paper hole, you will see a square cutout in the plastic on the left hand side. That's where the sensor is. It is either covered with a strip of paper, or dirty from dust, or simply burned out

You can try this:

- Take a cotton swab
- Moisten it with some isopropyl alcohol (not dripping wet, just damp)
- Push it down into that square cutout. Move it around for a few seconds
- Blow some air in there. This will help clear any loose dirt away from the sensor eye. It will also help the alcohol evaporate quicker.
- Plug the machine back in. If it works as it should Great.

If not, here is the harder way to clean that sensor:

- Unplug the machine
- Take the paper catch bin out
- Flip the machine upsidedown. Pieces of paper will fly everywhere.
- There are 4 aluminum screws that hold the base onto the motor; two on each side.
- There are 6-7 brass screws that hold the top lid onto the gear housing. You will need a screwdriver that reaches about two to three inches deep.
- Holding the top piece on, flip the unit over right-side up
- The one side, of the top piece, will feel looser than the other. Remove the top part, being careful to not pull any of the wires.

Now you have a real easy way to get to the sensor. Give it a good cleaning with the cotton swab and isopropyl alcohol.

Don't try and test it immediately, as the unit doesn't function until it is put back together and the paper catch bin is put back on.

- Reverse the process to put it back together.
- Put the catch bin in and try it.

If it still doesn't work, then the sensor is probably bad.

Posted on Dec 02, 2009

  • Sadie Cat Jul 22, 2012

    Awesome, thanks! I just spent an hour with tweezers pulling out impacted paper in the teeth (assuming that the sensor was in there somewhere) ... Once I found the "eye" as you suggest a quick blow with compressed air fixed something that had been bugging me for two years! Thanks again!


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There might be a piece of paper stuck in between or something else, unplug it and clean it using a toothbrush or whatever else fits, if it's totally clean and the problem persist try turning it on and plug/unplug it multiple times.
If that doesn't work it's an internal problem and you can try fixing it yourself or get it done by someone else.

Good luck.

Posted on Feb 08, 2008

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    Simon Zwaan Feb 08, 2008

    It was no trouble, just time lol, well I have no other advice I could give without seeing the shredder.

    I hope you fix it, if you find somethign unusual you can respond here again.



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