Paper shredders

This page covers the mechanical and electrical problems that can arise with domestic paper shredders.


Paper shredders are simple electromechanical devices but a fairly powerful motor is required to operate the shredding mechanism, and that power can break things internally.Problems can be divided into mechanical and electrical, but your first task might be to determine which it is in your particular case.


Always unplug before opening the device.
Keep fingers, hair and loose clothing well away from the mechanism.

Principles of operation

Electrical problems

Mechanical problems

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