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Nothing can disrupt your flow like a jammed shredder! Paper jams, while annoying, are easily fixable. Several Fellowes shredders include advanced jam prevention features, such as 100% Jam Proof™ technology, Jam Blocker™, Jam Buster™ and Auto Reverse to help avoid jamming; however, sometimes the inevitable happens. Follow the steps below to learn how to quickly fix a basic paper jam:
RUN IN REVERSE FOR 2-3 SECONDS
The shredder should have a clearly marked "reverse" button or control switch depending on the machine. This is typically located on the top of the shredder.
ALTERNATE BETWEEN FORWARD AND REVERSE MODE
Even the worst paper jams can usually be cleared using this method.
HELPFUL TIPS TO PREVENT PAPER JAMS:
Avoid Overfeeding Shredder
Every shredder has maximum sheet capacity, which communicates the number of sheets it can safely shred at once. To reduce the likelihood of a jam, be conscious to not exceed the machine's sheet capacity when shredding and remember that a folded sheet of paper is the equivalent of two sheets! Fellowes ensures that the maximum sheet capacity is printed clearly on each shredder, near the paper entry.
Only Shred Machine-Approved Materials
Not every shredder is built to shred thicker materials like paper clips, credit cards and CDs. Trying to shred materials that are not rated for the machine can result in jams or serious damage to the shredder.
Empty the Waste Bin Regularly
A full waste bin prevents paper from falling from cutting block as it is shred, which can lead to jams. Be sure to periodically check the waste bin and empty when full.
All cross-cut and micro-cut shredders require oil for optimal performance. Regularly lubricating the cutters helps to enhance efficiency and extend shredder life. Fellowes recommends oiling the shredder each time the waste bin is emptied.
For Advanced Jam Prevention -Look for a Fellowes Shredder with One of These Features:
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