Care and Maintenance

The CarveWright is a precision machine tool. With proper care and maintenance it will provide long, reliable service. Below are regular maintenance guides and instructions on how to properly care for your CarveWright.

WARNING: Always unplug machine before attempting any troubleshooting or maintenance on the machine.

REGULAR MAINTENANCE

The CarveWright is designed to tolerate a considerable amount of carving system dust, but to ensure proper operation it should be kept free of debris as much as possible. Periodically blow or vacuum out any dust or debris from the recesses of the unit. Always make sure to use low-pressure air (<80 psi) around the electronics and sensors. High-pressure air can damage components and actually push dust into them. The machine can be adapted to external dust removal systems. Be sure that these vacuum systems are properly grounded because of the large static charge that they tend to generate. The warranty does not cover electronics failures due to Electrostatic Discharge (ESD).

WARNING: NEVER STICK A VACUUM OR SHOP VAC INTO THE MACHINE WHILE TURNED ON.  YOU WILL FRY YOUR ELECTRONICS!

It is recommended to use a dust collection system such as those available in the CarveWright Store

As a matter of regular maintenance, check that the Y and Z Cutting Trucks (Figure 14) are tight and do not have any play in them. Simply grab each one by hand and wiggle back and forth. If either of these trucks is loose they will need to be tightened. Failure to tighten these trucks will result in decreased carving quality. Please call the service help line for tightening instructions.

Pitch buildup is not a big problem, but should a workpiece with a high content of pitch be carved there may be some pitch deposits on the cutter bit and elsewhere.  This is easily removed using mineral spirits. See How

The Muffler and Dust Collector Bag should be removed and cleaned out periodically to ensure a good airflow.

Some maintenance projects will require you to remove the head cover first. See How

Make sure your bits are sharp for the best machine performance. If you notice the carving or cutting becoming very rough or burning the bit is most likely dull and should be replaced.

MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE & INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

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Check Head Pressure
See How
X X X X X
Blow Out Compression Roller
See How
X X X X X
Clean Bit Plate with WD40
See How
X X X X X
Clean Idler Pulleys with WD40
See How
X X X X X
Clean Rails and Bearings
See How
X X X X X
Check Board Sensor Reading
See How
X X X X
Check Y-belt Tension
See How
X X X X
Check & Lube Flexshaft Core
See How
X X X
Check Bits For Sharpness
(Drag edge over a piece of paper. It should slice smoothly)
X X X
Check Cover Hinge Screws
See How
X X X
Clean X-Drive Gears
See How
X X X
Replace Y & Z Roller Bearings
See How
X X
Replace Y Timing Belt
See How
X X
Replace Cut Motor Brushes
See How
X X
Replace Y-Motor Assembly
See How
X X
Replace Flexshaft Core
See How
X X
Replace Bits X X
Rotate Top Hat
See How
X X
Re-calibrate Machine
See How
X X
Replace Belt Guides
See How
X X
Replace Z-Truck
See How
X
Replace Z-Motor Assembly
See How
X
Replace X-Motor Assembly
(Contact Support for Instruction)
X
Rebuild Cut Motor
(Contact Support for Instruction)
X