I hear on a regular basis when people have difficulties with their high-speed engraver turbines. There is frustration, disgust, disappointment, and questions about the quality of the customer service they receive from the company they purchased their hand piece from.
Is this you…?
There are, however, a few things to consider before you say that the tool is junk, or the customer service is worthless.
You Might Be A Part Of The Problem
The high-speed engraver has unique requirements to keep the turbine healthy and working strong. Here are a few of the considerations to keep in mind that will influence the lifespan of your turbine:
- Being too aggressive with your cuts. (If you stop the burr from spinning in the material you are working on you are being to aggressive. This will highly limit the lifespan of the turbine.)
- You have the air pressure set to high. (Be sure to follow all the recommendations specified by the manufacturer of your high-speed engraver.)
- No moisture filter. (One of the fastest ways to destroy your turbine is to allow moisture from the air hose and compressor reach the turbine. The turbine needs dry air, and moisture can quickly blow out the bearings of the turbine.)
- Running a burr in the engraver that is not rated sufficiently. (Burrs have a Revolutions Per Minute RPM rating. Be sure your burrs are rated to 300,000 – 400,000 rpms. Burrs not rated for this could damage the turbine or cause you personal injury when they fail.)
- Running a burr that has a bent shaft. (Similar to burrs with insufficient rpm ratings a bent shaft on a burr will quickly damage the turbine. Never use a burr that you suspect has a bent shaft.
- Dropping the engraver on a hard surface with the burr landing first. (Dropping the engraver, although an accident, will cause problems. The turbine is a delicate piece of machinery, and this type of accident will most always cause you problems.)
These are some of the top reasons why your turbine could fail.
As you can see these are ALL user error issues. So before you blame the tool or the manufacturer step back and see if you are causing the problem.
If you continue to do the same thing with turbine after turbine, and they all fail the chances are that YOU are a part of the problem.
Not understanding the requirements and techniques for operating a high-speed engraver will quickly lead to disappointment, frustration, and anger with the the engraver, company, and investment you have made.
I would like to help you avoid these feelings and issues.
There are times when you will receive a turbine that is flawed, but it is not always the answer.
Take the time to learn about Safety, Tools, and Equipment that you are using. It will save you time, money, and a great deal of frustration. Remember that power relief carving is a journey and not a race.
That is why I took the time to develop my Power Carving Safety, Tools, and Equipment training. You can learn more about it here: http://carvingonwood.com/store-safety-tools-and-equipment-dvd-description/
I hope that this helps you enjoy your personal power relief carving journey a little bit more. Knowing that you have a great deal of control over the lifespan of your turbine can be a great asset to you. I know that it is for me.