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I was given a Big Shot for Christmas a few years ago and I really enjoy using it. OK, that is an understatement. I have bought, well let's describe it as, a generous selection of dies, from a variety of companies. So is there a reason to think that the dies will 'wear out' at some point? Sounds like a stupid question I imagine. I recognize that the mechanics of the big shot can wear out or become jammed etc and that definitely I will need to replace the cutting plates etc. But I'm asking about the metal dies themselves. I have one of a small walking cat and another of some nautical themed items, that I seem to cut very often. Is there some kind of maintenance I'm supposed to do on the dies? Hey thanks, for responding!
I haven't heard of any wearing out, but there are several dies that have small pieces or holes in the them. I have heard of the paper backing up in them and reduring them uncuttable. I would make sure all the little pieces are cleaned out after each use, and you shouldn't have any problemes.
Interesting question! I haven't had any wear out and I use my often. I figure they are reasonably priced and I am getting my moneys worth. If they ever do stop cutting, but then I am sure they have paid for themselves.
I teach classes at my LSS and for a class that sells really well I could be making as much as 250 cuts with one die. I have noticed that with one of the older Memory Box dies I use ( the one I used for all of the kitting) it cut slightly worse than a new die of the same design. It might be because the holes weren't always cleaned out every time or whatever, but I noticed the paper didn't pop out as effortlessly as the new ones. Still cuts fine, I just had to manually eject the die cut each time.
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