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Anonymous Posted on May 12, 2007

Shredder Runs Without Paper In It

I was sitting at my desk and the shredder came on all by itself. It seems that the paper sensor failed. I don't know if it is the light source (an LED?) or the light sensor. Before I try to take it appart, does anyone know if the parts are replaceable! Good thing I was near it when it failed. I suppose that the thermal circuits would have shut it off after a few hours, but if not I could have had a major problem.

  • Anonymous May 18, 2007

    The suggestion that I change the sensor is a good one, but the question was "Are The Parts Replaceable?" The external parts of the paper sensor are buried deep inside the cutting head compartment, along with the logic and power switching associated with the sensor. I would prefer not to get in there to find that they were never meant to be serviced. The unit still shreds, it's just inconvenient to have to turn it on and off every time you want to shred something.

  • Anonymous Feb 22, 2008

    I understand that the problem is either the light source or the sensor (and yes, I cleaned both the sensor and the light source) The original question was ""Are The Parts Replaceable?"

    I can still use the shredder, it's just an annoying manual process. Before I take it apart, I need to know that I can replace the bad part without having to re-engineer the circuitry.

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First thing you should try is to clean the paper feed sensors with a qtip dipped in rubbing alcohol.if that doesn't help you have a burnt out sensor and need to call manufacturer to check availability of replacement parts.

  • Anonymous Feb 22, 2008

    I suggest you call into Fellowes customer service and ask us. Be ready to provide model number and serial number. They are located on the white sticker with a barcode somewhere on your unit. you can provide model by looking for either the CRC# or Parent part#. The serial is the letters and numbers located under the barcode.

  • Anonymous Feb 22, 2008

    oops sorry about that the number to call is 1-800-945-4545

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Change the paper input sensor

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