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springheal

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After much use, my shredders nylon gear (pic attached) is stripped as the cutters/gears are seized due to lack of use for a long time.
I have sprayed everything with CRC but unable to get things moving as yet. Any solutions to clean the gunk to free things up?

I have sent an email to:
I have not received a reply as yet as Powermatic are no doubt closed for the new year holidays.
Is anyone able to confirm I have the correct email address please.
 

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After seizing up the unit and soaking with CRC, it was still frozen solid. Next thing I did is pour boiling water over the cutters/combs and the water was filthy. Next step was waterbasting the hell out of it focusing on the cutters/comb area (I had securely bagged the motor and wiring). Next I attempted to move the cutters with a spanner, but the spanner needed a whack with the hammer and bingo, all freed up.
I have ordered 4 nylon gears and when they arrive I will be all set. Zico USA have little to no stock left for the shredder, hence the reason I purchased 4 nylon bearings when I only need 1 !
Thanks again Bob for providing the link as all their contact details have changed over the years.
 

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Today, I fitted a new gear, re greased everything in the gearbox and is now running perfectly. As this is the latest (and last) model, there appears to me a minor problem with over heating which is acknowledged by the manufacturer as they have a warning sticker which states:
please let shredder cool down after 30 minutes of use, It may stop running when overheated
This has often happened to me in the past, maybe 20-30 minutes and it automatically stops. After a rest it's back to normal.
While the shredder was stripped, I reversed the cooling fan as it was only extracting warm air near the motor. By reversing it, it is now drawing cool air in and blowing on to the motor. I am sure this will help, time will tell. Further down the track, I may install another fan as there is room for another.
 

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You might look at some computer cpu heat sink fan coolers, that might be applied directly to the body of the motor. For example:


Bob
 

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Great suggestion Bob. In the meantime, I will wait and see what the results will be with what I have done in the meantime. So far, I haven't shredded any leaf, just let it run for sometime without leaf.
 

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Have been giving the machine a good test. Put through 2.4kg/5.3lbs of very dry leaf (slightly crispy). The machine remains nice and clean when shredding very dry leaf. My mistake in the past was using leaf that was leathery which caused the machine to clog up. In summary, the drier the better (within reason so as not to make dust!) The other bonus is that the shred is finer which suits me for cigarettes.
 

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