Contact Tuning

Turn in sat screw to lock setting

Turn in sat screw to lock setting

If you are going along and allofa sudden your machine quits, first check to see if it is your machine or your power pack- TV) do this, try your other machine to see if it will work if it is your machine and you can t fix it on the spot, you can always ¡iut your needle bar and tube on your other machine and reset the point gap as a last resort to finish the tattoo.

If your machine won't run at. all, it is either a short or an open in your circuit. First check to make sure your points are clean. If there issomething caught between them, it will break the circuit. Hold the armature bar down with your thumb to open the contact and blow hard on the points. If thisdoesn'lclean them, trypulllngasmall strip of paper through the points while they are closed. If this doesn't work, try pulling a strip of emery cloth through them, grit side up, then grit side down. Then blow to get any grit out. if this works, you will probably want to reaitjust the point setting slightly to get it buzzing "just right" again.

Anot her area that shouldn't be overlooked is weak coils. Iiyour machine won't run at all, or has very little power, it could !>e your coils. If your coils are bad, you can replace them by taking out the two screws in the bottom of the frame, being careful to note which w ashers go where, under thecoiis. Replace with new coils. When you melt the solder to disconnect the old coils, reattach your new coil wires at the same lime, if your machine has a capacitor on It, you may want to replace it too, at the same time (Consult Wiring Diagram in Chapter 3,)

If your machine just up and quits on you all at once, or won't run when you take it out, look for any loose or broken wires or connections. The tattoo machine is really quite simple, with few adjustments and fewer moving parts. Due to the constant vibration of the machine, you hove to constantly fool wiih it. readjusting and tightening this and that. Daily maintenance is the key.

If you are having trouble with ink splattering out your tube tip, there could be several reasons for it. A slight splattering is normal. Sometimes it is caused by ink overloading. The reservoir on some bottom ends doesn't allow for much ink. A square tip is more prone to splattering than a round one Some lighter frames tend to splatter more than others. Check the tube tips Tor wear, change I hem before they wear down to a sharp edge. A machine that is properly tuned and used puts the ink out uniformly and rarely splatters.

By paying attention to these points, you will most likely eliminate any problem. First, make sure you r needle is in the tube right with the needle on tile bottom side of the tip. Make sure the open side of the needle bar loop is to your left when it is attached to the armature bar-

Second. make sure the needle bar isn't hitting the side of the tube as it goes up and down.

Third, make sure the rubber bands are all in good shape and are all pulling evenly. Pull them away from the needle bar one at a time and snap them back into place. Check them to lie sure they aren't weak or worn. It doesn't hurt to replace your rubber bands every 15 or 20 hours of tattoo time. They don't cost much and if they aren t doing their job properly, you can really tax your brain trying to figure out why it's splattering.

Fourth, make sure your points are properly set.

Fifth, look at your tube tips, ir they are worn, you will get splatter. Tbke out the needle and look inside the lip, Ifthere isa groove where the needle rides. Heitsmooth again. Be very careful not tofiie away any more of the metal then you have to. Thetipis made of soft metal and it's easy to get carried away. Be careful, a little at a time.

Once the machine is just right, never make any further adjustments. The more it's run and the older it gets, the better it will function.

On the left side of the machine you will see where the wire from both coils are soldered together. Squeeze some G.E. Silicone rubber into this area to prevent bare wire from shortcircuiting on frame. As a matter of fact, it's a good idea to do this all around between the base of coils and base of frame to prevent moisture from entering coils. Use a toothpick to smooth.

While the machine is running, there will be continuous arcing Most machines come equipped with capacitors to eliminate arcing and cut down on point wear. If you put them on yourself, use one that is 25 volts and 10 MFD. This isn't critical and you may want to experiment with different ones.

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