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  • wmnjr commented on DavAnt's instructable Reviving Dead MailMate Shredder2 months ago
    Reviving Dead MailMate Shredder

    Your article and photos were Very Good. ...YET.... ALL I wanted was to replace the fuse and see if it took care of the problem.I have just spent 2 1/2 days to reach the PC board. By then I had drilled more holes than someone searching for oil. I could not get the screws out even with a new 9" #1 or #2 Phillips. (I cut the handle back to allow an extra inch).Finally I cut off the bottom of the unit just below the "works" by hacksaw with fine tooth blade. I still could not free the internal works. SO... I hacksaw each corner of the remaining top cover piece and broke the outside cover off to access the unit and PC board. In all my 80 years, I was worn out and frustrated. I ordered a different shredder online from Walmart for $20 bucks and 2 year warrantee. The Mailmate pa...see more »Your article and photos were Very Good. ...YET.... ALL I wanted was to replace the fuse and see if it took care of the problem.I have just spent 2 1/2 days to reach the PC board. By then I had drilled more holes than someone searching for oil. I could not get the screws out even with a new 9" #1 or #2 Phillips. (I cut the handle back to allow an extra inch).Finally I cut off the bottom of the unit just below the "works" by hacksaw with fine tooth blade. I still could not free the internal works. SO... I hacksaw each corner of the remaining top cover piece and broke the outside cover off to access the unit and PC board. In all my 80 years, I was worn out and frustrated. I ordered a different shredder online from Walmart for $20 bucks and 2 year warrantee. The Mailmate parts are NOW where it belongs, and I do no more shopping at Staples!Note... Any appliance that is protected by a "fuse", should be easily accessible for replacement!

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