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Auto shut off

My p70cm shreds great but now it doesn't shut off automatically. I must turn it off manually. This is in forward and reverse. Is this something that I can fix myself?

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I had the same problem with the Fellowes model ds-12Cs. I fixed it by blowing compressed air into the feed slot. I'd guess I cleared some debris from a sensor and it did not require disassembly of the unit.

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You may want to examine the unit carefully and remove the screws which hold the unit together, you will find these screws on the bottom. Either there may be scrap over the switch or sensor or the sensor or switch has been broken. Clean the unit as best you can. You may be able to find the problem from your examination.

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