Why should you do these checks?
Nice and simply… to save money & time!
Following the below daily checklist will help you get the most out of the TRUMPF TPC 165 panel cutter.
These checks will help reduce your tool downtime as well as minimise any maintenance issues. This includes saving you money by making consumables and components last longer on your panel cutter.
So what are the daily checks?
- Check the oil level in the reservoir.
- Why? – if there’s no oil in the reservoir then the TPC165 blade & chain isn’t lubricated. This means it will wear out quicker.
- Quick Note - Be careful not to over-tighten the oil cap otherwise you will end up with oil leaks all over the panel cutter & composite panel. It just needs to be pinched finger-tight
- Prime the tool
- Why? – If the tool isn’t primed then the oil in the reservoir isn’t actually doing anything. You need to make sure the tool is fully lubed up
- How? – Whilst holding the panel cutter securely, plunge the blade off the side of a panel and then start running the tool so the chain is moving. Put something white such as some paper underneath until you start seeing spots of oil on the paper
- Check the chain condition
- Why? – over time the chain may get blunt and/or lose the number of teeth. Let’s face it, it’s harder for you personally to chew your food if you have half of your teeth taken out.
- How? – Whilst wearing safety gloves, run a finger over the chain and have a quick look. If you've got lots of teeth missing, then it's an indication that you might need a new chain. Less teeth means less efficiency.
- Test the chain’s tension
- Why? – if your chain is too tight then it can distort the TPC165 blade, making your cuts not as square. If you your chain is not tight enough then the chain will do more work, wear out quicker and not cut as efficiently.
- How? - At the middle point of the blade, put your fingers either side and pull the chain apart. There should be enough tension in there so that you get a little bit of play… around 1.5 millimetres of play on either side of the blade that the chain sits on. Tighten or loosen the tension as required.
Quick Note - If you only do one thing from this checklist, make sure it is cleaning the tool… especially if you have been cutting mineral wool panels.
- Why? - If you don't clean the tool down at the end of every day (especially after cutting mineral wool panels) then the chemicals in the panel can seize up the chain & other parts of the TPC165. This can result in the tool becoming unusable unless you replace parts to it. And no one wants that.
- Top tip – using on-tool extraction can help massively with cleaning. The TPC165 has an on-tool extraction port inbuilt so you would be stupid not to use it. It helps you cut faster and cleaner, make your tool last longer and also helps you stay safe & healthy.
- Quick Note - If you only do one thing from this checklist, make sure it is cleaning the tool… especially if you have been cutting mineral wool panels.