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#4668882 - 02/17/18 03:55 PM amazon basics shredder
edwardh1 Offline


Registered: 01/17/03
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Loc: Coastal South Carolina
it wont shut off after the paper goes through - is the trigger for knowing paper is in it optiical or mechanical. i can unplug it of course
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#4668892 - 02/17/18 04:05 PM Re: amazon basics shredder [Re: edwardh1]
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Registered: 07/22/10
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Loc: PNW
Probably a mechanical switch. My shredder (not Amazon) has a visible little tab (that moves a switch) where you feed the paper that controls the shredder motor.

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#4668899 - 02/17/18 04:11 PM Re: amazon basics shredder [Re: edwardh1]
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I have to clean my shredder periodically( once a year) with hemostats, so it will stop.
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#4668922 - 02/17/18 04:54 PM Re: amazon basics shredder [Re: edwardh1]
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I probably have the same one. Black bin, sliver top with a safety mechanism for the paper slot and a CD slot?

If it keeps running.. good luck finding a fix. There IS an optical sensor in the paper pathway, but I think it dies after some time.

I took mine apart, removed the safety, and just move the switch to AUTO any time I need to use it.

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#4668960 - 02/17/18 05:42 PM Re: amazon basics shredder [Re: edwardh1]
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I have the same shredder, too. Just filled it up. Hope it keeps working as perfectly as it has been.
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#4669185 - 02/17/18 10:35 PM Re: amazon basics shredder [Re: spasm3]
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What is a hemostats?
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#4669206 - 02/17/18 10:57 PM Re: amazon basics shredder [Re: oilmutt]
eyeofthetiger Offline


Registered: 11/18/17
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Originally Posted By: oilmutt
What is a hemostats?


I don't know, but I lube my shredder periodically by pouring a bit of mineral oil onto a sheet of paper and running it through. Baby oil works, too, if you want that fresh baby butt scent. As long as I do that, it never jams.
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#4669232 - 02/18/18 12:00 AM Re: amazon basics shredder [Re: oilmutt]
spasm3 Offline


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Originally Posted By: oilmutt
What is a hemostats?


Sorry, did not think about the terminology I used. I use them as i can clean an pull the paper bits out without cutting my fingers.

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#4673201 - 02/21/18 12:35 PM Re: amazon basics shredder [Re: edwardh1]
tmorris1 Offline


Registered: 07/15/03
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Loc: MN
I have one that I bought at Wal-Mart and it does the same thing. Clean all the paper and plastic from credit cards out usually works for a while.

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#4692458 - 03/12/18 01:07 PM Re: amazon basics shredder [Re: edwardh1]
tmorris1 Offline


Registered: 07/15/03
Posts: 2364
Loc: MN
Originally Posted By: edwardh1
it wont shut off after the paper goes through - is the trigger for knowing paper is in it optiical or mechanical. i can unplug it of course

The one in my Aurora shredder is optical. I cleaned off both sides of the sensor and it works again. It was completely covered in paper dust. You could try compressed air before taking it apart.

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