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...another paper weight!

Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by MitchelC, Dec 31, 2018.

  1. MitchelC

    MitchelC MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Years ago, I purchased a NEW DAHLE 585 Paper Cutter (back then was only $750.00+-!) to cut matboards, cardboard, foam boards, etc.. Two weeks after the one year warranty expired, I was cutting a foam board and all of a sudden I heard BANG! The bang happened when one of two springs broke in the "blue box". I called and order a set (about $75!). When they came in, I changed BOTH of them and kept the unbroken one as a spare. Then, I made the first cut and heard an even louder BANG!. I opened the "blue box" and noticed both springs slipped out of "recessed holes" the short shafts of the springs fit in. I called them, they put me on hold, then told me it was the manufacturers error. The springs did not match the specs... the shafts were only 1/4" long instead of 1/2". UPS would picked them up and they would notify me when the new ones came in. Well, right when I hung up, I already figured out what I was going to do. I went to a local business I do framing for and explained what I needed. Both pieces they found (shaft and tempered flat bar) were scrap. I told them what I wanted it for, so they welded 1/2 of a chain link on the shaft. Cost? Nothing. Time it took for me to cut and attach wooden strip to absorb vibration then attach entire "counter weight" to my paper cutter? About an 1 1/2 hours. √ √√ Now, NO springs and this paper cutter it will last almost fOrEvEr... lol ☺

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    Last edited: Dec 31, 2018
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  2. Al B

    Al B CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    DSCN0753.jpeg My two have been working perfectly since the 18??'s!!
     
  3. Rick Granick

    Rick Granick SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    My first-ever wall cutter was a Keeton, and it employed a counterweight/rope/pulley to allow the head to remain in place at any point on the vertical bar.
    :cool: Rick
     
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  4. MitchelC

    MitchelC MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    That's how this one is set... I can stop the cutting bar at any point and it will not move...
     
  5. David Waldmann

    David Waldmann SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    This puppy will do a half ream of paper with virtually no effort. No springs or counterweights.

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  6. Rick Granick

    Rick Granick SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Leverage is your friend.
    ;) Rick
     
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