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Something I've alreay learned

Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by Firemalt, Nov 25, 2007.

  1. Firemalt

    Firemalt Member

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    Day 1:
    Don't leave the pinch roller in the "locked" position on material overnight... it will leave imprints on your material.

    Day2:
    Don't put the pinch roller in between material rollers... it will NOT feed correctly.

    Day3:
    Be patient
     
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  2. Service Sign Co

    Service Sign Co Very Active Member

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    It will also warp the pinch roller wheel
     
  3. alanzhao

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    I know but I always do that.:biggrin:
     
  4. Firemalt

    Firemalt Member

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    Good informatiob to know!
    Thanks...
     
  5. Techman

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    Only on those few machines where the maker insists on using very narrow wheels or those other companies that use those CHEAP soft rubber roller wheels when making the cutters.
     
  6. Service Sign Co

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    5/16'' wheels on Roland will warp if left pinched, it could take some time for that to occur. Probably won't happen overnight.
     
  7. Firemalt

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    Yeah... well, I opted for a cheap cutter for my first, just to see if I'd like doing this. Creation CT630
     
  8. Just Another Sign Guy

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    Every brand of friction fed plotter I have ever owned, sold, or serviced has had issues with teh wheels developing compressed flat spots from being left engaged, and I have never owned, sold or serviced a signwarehouse brand or ebay special nor anything named after a feline species.

    and just recently I had to replace the wheels on our current relatively new (less than a year old) Summa from an employee leaving the wheels engaged over a weekend.
     
  9. Really hate to harp on the pro's of a "cheap" machine, but we've run the same wheels on our oldest Lynx X60 for over 4 years. They're 1/2 inch by by design and have yet to "flat spot" one yet. When I save my pennies up I'm going to by me one of those "expenseive professional" machines that wears out rollers and jams with a x-error axis error because of the light weight drive motor the "professional mfg" puts in them. Oh, yea, I forgot, I might go for a tractor drive model and pay twice what I'm paying now for vinyl.
    Seriously, every time someone says they have a problem with any other brand other than Roland, Graphtec, or Summa, they get a crap load of useless info on how bad their purchase was or just plain ole' call them junk. Sorta tired of it. By the way, I paid from $1200 to $1800 for the cutters I have and to me that ain't cheap. The Big Boys better wake up and figure out a way to keep up with the competition or their going to be sitting in the unemplyoment line leaning against their professional machines. Throw -a-way plotters are here.
    Sorry for the vent.......
     
  10. gvgraphics

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    WOW..................Nobody said anything bad about this guys or gals cutter. That rant was a little unexpected if you ask me. Unless you take "CHEAP RUBBER" as an insult.
     
  11. Just Another Sign Guy

    Just Another Sign Guy Very Active Member

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    what in the world does this have to do with the topic at hand?
     
  12. Firemalt

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    I believe he was saying that though I may have purchased a "cheap" machine in many people eyes... that the cheaper machines are starting to catch up to the more expensive machine in quality, and product output.

    Correct?
     
  13. Thanks Firemalt. Correct.
     
  14. iSign

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    8 Years Of Leaving Wheels Down Hasn't Hurt My Plotters Yet
     
  15. Ian Stewart-Koster

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    nor ours, either
     
  16. threeputt

    threeputt Very Active Member

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    We make it a point to disengage the wheels when the machine sits overnite. But it's also very important to make sure your laminator rolls are not engaged for prolonged periods!

    I think the cost of replacing one of those would far exceed pinch roller wheels. Just a reminder.
     
  17. Pat Whatley

    Pat Whatley Major Contributor

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    Almost every day I leave with the plotter still cutting vinyl. It gets finished and I sure don't come back to raise the pinch wheels.

    Never had a pinch wheel warp on either of our Summas or either Roland in 6 years.
     
  18. iSign

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    hmm... my laminator sits with rollers engaged all day and night between uses... for 2 years now... should I worry about that?
     
  19. SignsRus

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    What kind of laminator is it? We always remove any pressure soon as we finish using it
     
  20. sardocs

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    I cut vinyl on a Ioline 'Studio 8' that I bought in '92 or there abouts, after wearing out a Camm1. The rollers haven't been lifted since i bought it except to change colours. I have never serviced or maintained this machine, ever. It just keeps cuttin'. I don't even replace the wear-strip anymore. I put a piece of sandblast stencil on there ten years ago and it's still on there.
     
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