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Old 08-27-2008, 07:53 PM   #119
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Originally Posted by stampintwin1 View Post
Are there suppose to be cut marks on the cutting pads after you run the dies through? Am I doing something wrong?
From a Yahoo group I'm on

Cut marks on cutting mats (pads) is a normal occurrence on all
mechanical machines. Your mats will end up looking pretty scarred and
ugly by the time you are done with them.

Mats are considered a 'consumable' part. That means you will need to
replace your cut mats when they get worn out. How often depends on
how much you cut, what kinds of material you cut and to an extent,
what kind of dies you use. On average, most folks seem to need new
mats every 6 to 12 months. Again, your experience will vary depending
on use.

Generally speaking, you know it is time to replace a mat when you can
no longer make clean cuts with dies that had worked perfectly before
or when they become so warped that they no longer feed properly into
the machine or have 'divots' where dies won't cut even with shimming.

Some tips for mat longevity: If your manufacturer allows it, do flip
and rotate your mats each time you feed them into the machine to even
out the wear and pressure on them.

If you notice some minor bowing, place the mat under some heavy books
or bricks over night to help flatten them. If they won't flatten
sufficiently to use, it's time to replace them.


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