Why's my Cassese 89 doing this?

Meghan MacMillan

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Nov 22, 1999
Baltimore, MD
Of course I've waited 'til Saturday to really figure out what's going on. . .

Driver seems to be seated correctly but for some reason the front edges of my cartridges are getting damaged which in turn causes other things to go awry.

Am I the only one who finds the manual a little daunting?
It sounds like the hammer is damaged. I used to have a Cassese and these would get bent and tear up the front of the carts.
It was over 20 years old when we retired it and bought an AMP VN-42. It has a solid hammer.
No, its a great machine.

Did you check for glue build-up? It can cause the nail to slip off the driver. If its build-up just pry the glue off and give it a good cleaning.

I also find the manual a bit overwhelming unless I've had a couple cups of strong coffee.

Except my hands get shaky and my neck twitches...
Mis diagnosis -

I hadn't thought that the driver was damaged but figured that changing it would cost less than it does to ruin frames. The spring loaded screw/nut festival that hold the driver on is broken.

This is the second one of these that's broken since I bought the machine last July. (First one broke at Christmas time. Any guesses? At that time I assumed it had to do with glue buildup and have been pretty fastidious ever since about degluing the block. Has this happened to any of you? Any advice other than stocking up on these screws?