When it comes to properly protect and using your new gutter machine, it is important to follow some installation guidelines set forth by manufacturers and industry experts like Gutter Supply. Fortunately, thanks to these tips and guidelines, gutter machine installation does not have to be complicated. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you along.
Prior to installation, read over the following considerations. These will keep you safe and prevent damage to your new gutter machine.
- Follow safety guidelines and safety rules. Read the manufacturer’s enclosed information before lifting, moving, or unpacking your new machine.
- Always lift the machine from the underside of the frame rather than the uprights. Lifting entirely by the uprights can pose balance issues that may result in personal injury or damage to the gutter machine.
- Remember forklift guidelines. When lifting with a forklift from the side, the forks should be positioned near the exit end of the top motor cover. When the forklift is lifting from either end of the machine, the forks should be placed as far under the frame as possible, and to prevent tipping, the operator should be sure to use safety chains.
- Never remove safety covers with the machine plugged in. This exposure to moving parts can cause serious injury.
Step 1 – Check the Contents
Before attempting to install your new gutter machine, first check the contents of the entire shipment and make sure they match the packing list and your original order. Look at each part and make sure nothing is missing or damaged, keeping in mind that some parts may be packed inside the machine for safe shipping.
Step 2 – Remove the Skids or Crate
Gutter machines are typically shipped from factories on skids or attached to the bottom of a crate. In most installations, these are discarded, and the machine is subsequently mounted on different skids or a predetermined surface. Lift the entry end of the machine by the uprights to expose the base of the machine to remove it from the skids or crate.
Step 3 – Inspect the Gutter Machine Prior to Operation
Though Gutter Supply takes extra precautions to ensure gutter machines are packaged and shipped in such a way to prevent damage, there is always the possibility that certain parts may vibrate loose or that foreign objects could enter the machine. Before operating, remove the safety covers and check for:
- Foreign objects – These could damage parts of the machine and prevent normal operation.
- Tight fasteners – Go over each fastener to make sure they are in the right positions and properly torqued.
- Lubricated and adjusted drivetrain – Make sure each component is in the right position and ready for use.
- Clean coil stock – Steel-rolled drive train machines from Knudson, Watertite, and Panther have coil stocks, and these should also be checked prior to operation.
Before using the machine, be sure to remove any or all tools from the machine and replace the safety covers.
Step 4 – Attach to the Appropriate Cords and Generators
Gutter machines utilize electric motors that draw 4000 watts at startup. Most can run sufficiently on a 4500-watt generator or larger. Any attempt to use a smaller generator could damage your machine’s motor, your generator, or both. Extension cords should have at least 12-gauge wires and they should be no longer than 100 feet. Longer cords could cause damage to motors, and inappropriately-sized wires could lead to electrical shock.
Though installation guidelines may vary slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer, these guidelines apply to virtually all machines sold by Gutter Supply. Always remember safety is most important and be sure to read any information provided by the machine manufacturer before getting started.