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When it comes to engraving large items I use my tx3 pantograph. However when I came to use it yesterday the engraving was all ghosting/out of line etc. Everything seemed to be tight and set up normal but after this happened I don't feel comfortable using it again. Does anyone have any idea on what the problem and solution would be?? 

Thanks again 

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Well as I mentioned I didn't dare use it again and I'm not to clued up on the maintenance of these (or any) machine so I gave pantograph services a call who gave me a phone number of a semi retired engineer who doesn't live too far away from me. He came to my shop on Friday for a couple of hours, gave it a look over, changed the diamond tip. £200 job done. Now I am up and running again. 

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1 hour ago, cobblers.keys said:

Well as I mentioned I didn't dare use it again and I'm not to clued up on the maintenance of these (or any) machine so I gave pantograph services a call who gave me a phone number of a semi retired engineer who doesn't live too far away from me. He came to my shop on Friday for a couple of hours, gave it a look over, changed the diamond tip. £200 job done. Now I am up and running again. 

Did you not think to eliminate the diamond first?  And to be fair Hibs did ask you for pictures, we could have diagnosed the problem. Could have saved you £200.

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1 hour ago, Gray said:

I hate WD40 .  So for £200 WD40 cured it?  Try GT85 as an alternative to WD40. 

 

 

Sand is a better solution than WD40 at least you know what you get with sand.

WD40 when used should always have a proper lubricant applied afterwards (preferably not used in the first place).

The amount of locks we see destroyed by the corrosive and sticky nature of WD40 is unreal.

Spray a squeaky hinge with WD40 and for a couple of weeks it will be fine then it will slowly become worse over time than it was to start with.

Great for water displacement though.

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