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Old 10-11-2018, 12:34 PM   #1
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Recently, my Big Kick has started squeaking and making noise when I run dies through. The handle doesn't turn as well either. It's cuts are still good, it's just noisy. I've had it for about 8 years. Is it starting to die or is there some way I can save it?
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Old 10-12-2018, 01:02 AM   #2
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Is there any obvious point where you could oil it? If so, I'd use something like sewing machine oil to do so. Another possibility could be to spray up into the roller area with a can of Air spray, could be an accumulation of paper fibres?
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Is there any obvious point where you could oil it? If so, I'd use something like sewing machine oil to do so. Another possibility could be to spray up into the roller area with a can of Air spray, could be an accumulation of paper fibres?

That is a good idea. I'll have to try it. Today, it's been gripping weird. I'm worried the rollers are out of alignment, but it still cuts. Perhaps it is just a build up of fibers. Fingers crossed.

I don't see a place to oil it that wouldn't end up ruining paper. Ugh.
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Have you checked to make sure the handle doesn't need adjusting? When my Bigshot starts acting weird I used the hex wrench (?) that came with it to re tighten the handle screw. Always amazed at what a difference it makes.
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A couple of years ago when my Big Shot started acting up I was able to figure out that I had a crushed bearing. Now to be fair my Big Shot would crank but my plates would not go through. I could crank all day long and the plates wouldn't move..It felt like something inside was slipping.I found a video on YouTube to take the Big Shot apart and was able to buy 2 replacement bearings off of Ebay for about 16.00. I'm not gonna lie I was extremely nervous to take it apart but my husband, who has a better working knowledge on how things work, helped me and I was back in business.
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Have you checked to make sure the handle doesn't need adjusting? When my Bigshot starts acting weird I used the hex wrench (?) that came with it to re tighten the handle screw. Always amazed at what a difference it makes.

I just tightened the handle as I found it was a bit loose. Unfortunately it didn't help, but thank you so much for the idea.
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A couple of years ago when my Big Shot started acting up I was able to figure out that I had a crushed bearing. Now to be fair my Big Shot would crank but my plates would not go through. I could crank all day long and the plates wouldn't move..It felt like something inside was slipping.I found a video on YouTube to take the Big Shot apart and was able to buy 2 replacement bearings off of Ebay for about 16.00. I'm not gonna lie I was extremely nervous to take it apart but my husband, who has a better working knowledge on how things work, helped me and I was back in business.

I think that might be what is wrong with it. It keeps getting worse every time I use it. Unfortunately, I'm not that handy and do not have a husband to help. It may be time to invest in a new machine. I have been eyeing an electric one. Maybe this is a sign to upgrade.
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Well dang, I was hoping for your sake it was something easy. Good luck in the new machine search and purchase.
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Recently, my Big Kick has started squeaking and making noise when I run dies through. The handle doesn't turn as well either. It's cuts are still good, it's just noisy. I've had it for about 8 years. Is it starting to die or is there some way I can save it?

Hi there! Last year I had a little trouble with my well used, 10+ year old Big Shot. I contacted Sizzix and they sent me some parts to try, free of charge! As it turned out, all of the parts were fine, just the gears were clogged from a decade plus of use. So, I would suggest contacting Sizzix as they are super helpful, and checking out you tube videos on how to easily take your machine apart. Even if you decide to buy an electric one, there are times when having two would come in handy!
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