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The overload signal keeps appearing on the shredder. What does this mean and how can I fix it? Thank you.

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The oveload signal means too much paper was being shredded and the machine jammed. Put the machine in reverse and see if the paper will "back-out" of the cutting teeth...if there is still paper sticking in the throat try to assist by pulling it out as you put it in reverse.

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