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 Post subject: Replacement Wheels
PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 4:46 pm 
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Laser Type: 5th Gen H Seriers
Hello all, we have a 5th gen hobby laser and use it for our small etsy business. It is super busy right now for the holidays and we are starting to see a little wobble in our cuts and etches. Not quite bad enough to worry about final quality but not really what I want to produce either. Looking the laser over cleaning and maintenance everything there is some wear on the wheel of the carriage for the lens. I am wanting to try and get some replacements as fast as possible and the support department seems to be closed already, and shipping across country right now is taking extra time. Would anyone be able to help provide the details of what I would need to look for to source some replacements from either somewhere local or from some place like amazon? Thanks in advance for any help.


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 Post subject: Re: Replacement Wheels
PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:25 pm 
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Are the wheels damaged? You can tighten the wheels using the offset nuts to snug things up somewhat.

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 Post subject: Re: Replacement Wheels
PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:47 pm 
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There looks to be a bit of shedding coming off the wheels not a lot but a little, we did tighten them down and that helped a little but it is still noticeable when you are used to nice clean cuts.


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 Post subject: Re: Replacement Wheels
PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 3:02 am 
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I recommend pulling the wheels and giving them a very thorough cleaning. They tend to pick up gunk and it looks like the wheel is coming apart at times.

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 Post subject: Re: Replacement Wheels
PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 10:24 am 
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Both posts above give great advice. After heavy use on mine, I ended up replacing the wheels and the rail as the anodizing started wearing out and deforming the channel where the wheels run.. I just ordered straight through FSL.. Yes they are overpriced for replacement parts, but I use my machine 100% for business, and pay for it over and over again durning the year. I really don't have the time nor desire to go searching around for matching parts for small items like this..

Check your wheels, check the X railing as well...

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 Post subject: Re: Replacement Wheels
PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:31 pm 
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IIRC, the price to overnight a new rail to me was $120. If you have a micrometer, measure the width of the rail at the ends, and at the center. If it is wearing thin in the middle, no adjustment is going to help. if they are just dirty, then a good cleaning will do the trick.

YOu can also tell if the carriage moves more freely in the center than it does at the ends of the X axis, or wobbles at the spot you do the most engraving. I got a year out of my first rail, and months out of the second. I think it is up to how it is used, and what batch of rail they get in.

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