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Polish Shredders and the Combs Thereof

Orson Carte

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Does anybody know, definitively, just which way around that the combs of a Gabej shredder are fitted to the rollers?
Those with such a machine will probably know that the combs perform an integral part of the mechanical operation. And, the tips of these combs have one side flat and the other with a ground, angled taper.
My question is; which side contacts the roller - the angled side or the flat side? (If it's the flat side, you are forced to say that that sharp point contacts the roller. If it's the tapered side, then the flat angled bit does).
Unfortunately these shredders come with little or no user-manual and (ages ago) when I first removed the combs for cleaning and adjustment I just didn't have the foresight to notice their orientation.
This question is presently the source of considerable debate (bordering on violence) amongst myself and a number of friends, most with better than average engineeering experience, who each own one of these machines.
The truth is, you see, all of our machines, despite regular cleaning, lubrication and adjustment are playing-up in one way or another - and we're looking for something to blame.
 

Orson Carte

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I was rather hoping that there might've been some other Gabej owner who could provide a definitive answer to my query.
So, just before the question gets fossilized in the archives I'll surreptitiously revive it by including a few general intererst pics of my shredder set-up, which I recently sent in a PM to another Forum member (and friend).

Shredder Mount 001.JPG Shredder Mount 003.JPG Shredder Mount 002.JPG Shredder Mount 004.JPG
 

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I do not have a Gabej. I have 3 Polish shredders, just not Gabej's. There is at least one guy on the "Pipes Mag" forum that has one. You could sign up over there and ask.
 

Orson Carte

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I do not have a Gabej. I have 3 Polish shredders, just not Gabej's. There is at least one guy on the "Pipes Mag" forum that has one. You could sign up over there and ask.
I'm only assuming it is a 'Gabej'. It has no actual branding on it.
I was under the misapprehension that the names 'Gabej' and 'Polish Shredder' were synonymous.
Do any of yours look like the one I have pictured?
 
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