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Dancinbaer

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The shop I just bought came with a C+H Advantage G60 cutter. The manual says to clean it periodically, but does not say with what. I found two spray cans, 1 - Easy Glide Mat Cutter Lubricant and 1 - Easy Glide Mat Cutter Cleaner. I'm assuming these are for the Carithers mat cutter.

The G60 tends to drag alot when pulling it down to cut. The manual says it has self-lubricating bearings and does not need lubricating, just to clean the track.

More questions to follow......
 

Ray

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Those are the products I use to clean my C&H mat cutter and they work great. Use a liberal amount of the cleaner on the slide rod and then move the slide back and forth several times cleaning the rod and inside of the slide then wipe off all cleaner before doing the same thing with the lubricant after slididng several times wipe off all excess!!!!!
 

Rick Granick

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I always remove the blades and then the sliding block (cutter head) before cleaning the mat cutter. Then use a generous squirt of lighter fluid on a kleenex to wipe clean the bar, and then the bottom and rod channel of the sliding block. Then lightly spray the bar with a mist of mat cutter lube, and fan it with a piece of matboard to evaporate the solvent. Then burnish the surface of the bar and rod with kleenex to remove excess and give a nice sheen. Then put the block back on the bar and reassemble the handle.
The wall cutter will benefit from cleaning the vertical bar (both front and back "point edges") with lighter fluid too, but don't use any cutter lube. Vacuum away any and all glass or board debris (which is very abrasive). Finally, find the proper size allen wrench and adjust the tightness of the rubbery bearings that slide the head on the vertical bar. This is critical to prevent binding. Do both the upper and lower one. Tighten until it's just a little too tight and then back it off to where it will slide evenly with no wobble.
That should do it.
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Bill Henry-

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My procedure is almost exactly like Rick’s, but rather than use Kleenex, I use those quilted cotton squares that one finds in the cosmetics aisle of a drug store. (Goodness knows what people use those things for ordinarily). My thoughts are that sneeze paper is too linty and may leave “flumbs” (as John Turner describes) on the slide bar and block.

I also use Q-Tips to get into those pesky nooks and crannies that the squares cannot reach.

Once the cleaning is done and the lubricant sprayed, I buff the areas with another clean cotton square.

My shop is sort of kind of mostly pretty clean, but does anyone know where all that black gook comes from?
 

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Bill, what are you going to believe - Jerry's preposterous explanation or my thoughtful, reasonable one.
 

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My C&H mat cutter always woked best after I cleaned the bar with Unseal, and then sprayed the bar with Teflon lube.

The black stuff is normal wear are tear. A mixture of dirt, lube/oil, and metal shavings. (The metal shavings are from the metal rod and head sliding against each other.) This is why after a while you need to reajust the shims, or slides in your mat cutter.
 

Dancinbaer

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Thanks everyone,
I knew I'd get the kind of answers never covered in a manual. I'll try 'em all.
 
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