Setting Machines

Keeping your equipment running smoothly is very important and takes more than just a little luck. You have to understand all aspects of the machines and how to tune them.

One of your duties will be to check the contact points on a regular basis. Keep the points and the contact screws in good shape so they will make good ' contact."

To set the points, be sure they are first clean and smooth, A point file can be used to flatten the surfaces if either one of them is burned or pitted Silver points are readily replaceable and if they can't he Filed back into shape, put on a new spring with a new contact point on it, or just file off the old point and put on a new one. If it can be repaired, do so, taking care not to file off any more of the point than you need to. Emery cloth is very effective in cleaning up both the points and the contact screw, also a burnishing file works well.

Use a light touch on the procedure, or you will go through a lot more contact points than necessary A quick buff job when they get slightly pitted is about all that is required. Be sure to bull the contact screw too. so you will have good contact there.


Silver contact point


Silver contact screw

Tattoo Machine Spring With Contact Point

Silver contact point


These "contact" surfaces must be cleaned and filed smooth.



Silver contact screw

T,> get longer lire out of the points, spray them with a good contact cleaner occasionally.

After continued use, the tront spring that holds the contact point and the back spring that holds the armature bar to the frame will weaken and should be replaced If your coloring is getting sketchy, it could be weak springs; one or both of them [f thev are weak, they won't have enough bounce to penetrate the slan anymore and are springing hack before any depth is attained. Before removing spring and armature bar pu [ a mark on the side of the armature bar and continue themark across the center of the washer on top of the front coil. (See Diagram.) After you have made your repairs, be sure both marks line up when replacing the armature liar. This is important because the armature bar has been seated in on the top of the front coil and should go m ™ «act same place for top performance of your machine.

To replace the springs, take needle and bands off, loosen the set screw on the front binding post and back the contact screw out fhur or Sive turns Then loosen the rear screw on top of the machine and remove the entire assembly consisting of the rear spring, the armature bar and the front (contact) spring.

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