I'd like to remove the top and put it over a large garbage can so I don't have to keep pushing the shreds down but there must be some switch/indicator that won't let the shredder run unless it is in its own basket.
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I don't have your shredder, but check to see if the top part where the shredder mechanism is closes completely over the trash can. If it is not lining up, it may have a shut off switch. I had put a plastic bag inside mine to catch the bits, and it bunched up at the part where that connection needs to be clear and it stopped. When I smoothed that area, or removed that bad, it worked again. GOOD LUCK!
In case of a paper jam , which may occur if the shredder is pushed beyond its specified capabilities, press the control switch to the off [O] position and empty the basket if full. Then:
1) Press and hold control switch in reverse [R] position and attempt to back paper out of shredder.
2) If shredder jams in reverse mode, press control switch to automatic [I] position and attempt to continue shredding operation.
3) If shredder jams again, alternate control switch slowly between reverse [R] and automatic [I] positions to attempt to move jammed paper completely through shredder.
If you are unable to clear the jam using this method, turn off and unplug the shredder; remove the wastebasket from cabinet and carefully remove any paper extending below the cutting cylinders; empty the wastebasket; insert wastebasket and repeat jam clearing procedure.
You don't say what type it is, but they usually have little micro switches fitted to ensure the power won't come on until the blade section is fitting properly to the waste container part. If it is the bucket type with the shred part on top just make sure it rests properly on top of the bucket so the microswitch on the bottom of the shred part gets depressed. If it's a drawer type there may be a small projection on the drawer which pushes against a switch in the body of the shredder.
I own a Fellowes PS 60 shredder.
NO! Do not use those lubricants.
I have used Silicone lubricant for many years and it does not and has not caused any problems in my PS60. Spray it across the top of the cutters and manually run the shredder (without paper) forward and reverse for a few seconds. This will lubricate all the cutters. I do this only once until my collection bin is full. Once full I empty it and lubricate once again.
Here is a link to the manual for a Fellowes PS60 Shredder.
Maybe it will help you in resolving some of your problems. https://app.box.com/s/q3r8jlatlfskvgyh5ne6 Fellowes Shredder PS60
the shredder has a safety switch that closes when the unit is put back on the basket. check under the cutter head for the hole that has the switch and check your basket for the acuator put together so they will line up
Shredders have a light emitter and detector inside the slot where you put the paper. When the paper is put in, the emitted light is reflected off the paper, detected, and then turns on the shredder by sending a signal to the control board. The emitter/detector often has a plastic cover which over time collects paper dust. The paper dust can reflect the emitted light back onto the detector, causing the shredder to remain on. You may need to remove the top of the shredder and remove the shredding mechanism to get to the light sensor. It's also possible that the components on the control board have changed value, causing the detector sensitivity to increase. This may result in the unit turning itself on in daytime and off at night.