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Graphtec plotter making clackity clackity sounds

Discussion in 'Graphtec' started by gabagoo, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. gabagoo

    gabagoo Major Contributor

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    I have a Graphtec FC4100-130 54" plotter and it is a workhorse. It has to be 15 years old at least. It started last week making this clackity sound running on the y axis. Quiet when running the x axis. I can hear that it is coming from under the cover and not the head unit. Cuts perfect still, just noisy as hell. Any ideas what it might be?
     
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  2. ams

    ams Very Active Member

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    Servos maybe? But from my research it appears lots of people have that issue and they ignore it and it doesn't change anything. Apparently Graphtec says it's a common problem.
     
  3. gabagoo

    gabagoo Major Contributor

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    Thanks
     
  4. DoubleDiamond

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    Ours did this so we cleaned the track/rails and bearings. We took the covers off and scraped off gunk, then used alcohol and wiped some oil on the rails and dropped a bit on the bearings. Ran like new again.
     
  5. d fleming

    d fleming Very Active Member

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    Yep, take off cover and do some maintenance. 15 years good service never having the cover off is outstanding.
     
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