There is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to setting up and operating your new gutter machine, but thanks to Gutter Supply and its fantastic attention to detail, it’s possible to learn more quickly. Here are the most important things to consider when setting up and learning to operate your new gutter machine.
Understanding the Controls
The standard controls on gutter machines come with a red switch, or the motor control, which is located near the entry, and the emergency stop switch also located nearby on the exit end. The motor control has three positions: forward, reverse, and off. The emergency stop (E-stop) will effectively remove input power to the motor and power the motor off. Other machines may have more complex controls, so be sure to check the manufacturer’s specifications when setting up your machine.
Inspect and Verify the Electrical System
When setting up your machine, it is important to look over each part of the electrical system to verify proper operation. The components to check are as follows:
- Wiring, connections, and proper switch operation.
- Correct motor rotation.
- Functioning emergency stop switch.
- Proper operation of the electrical receptacle (using a multimeter or other similar tool).
- Correct wiring diagrams nearby for troubleshooting.
Clearance and Operation
Once the above has been verified, you should also ensure that the machine has the proper clearance it needs for proper operation. Run material through the machine and ensure that it slides through the exit end as it should, and if the gutter profile backs out of the shear at this point, re-thread the shear as necessary and re-check for proper motor rotation.
Initial Setup Inspection
This quick inspection is visual in nature and should be done before threading your machine. You should look over the following:
- The alignment of rollers in the #1, #2, and #3 stations.
- The clearance of metal between the forming rollers through the entirety of the machine.
- The rollers to ensure they are properly aligned and able to spin freely.
- The box rollers to check for a clearance of 1.19mm.
- The Skate bar/station #3 roller for proper alignment.
The leading edge of the material should be fed around the front feed roller and between the entry guide plants. At this point, the metal should move through the first set of top and bottom rollers, and it should be centered right between the vertical edges of the entry guide itself. You should leave a little slack for the rollers to pick up the edge of the material, and you may need to push firmly to get the material to move into the first pair of rollers. Some guide adjustment may be necessary before treading the machine.
To get started, make sure the motor control switch is in the forward position and make sure that the rollers are spinning in the right direction. Then, with a firm push, move the material into the rollers and watch as the first two or three feet enter the machine. At this point, stop the machine and verify that the edge is moving through the rollers smoothly. Finally, feed the leading edge all the way to the shear, then stop the machine again and ensure things are smooth with no obstructions.
Each gutter machine operates slightly differently, and each one has its own unique safety guidelines for setup, but these helpful tips should help you better understand how the overall process works. For more information, feel free to contact the manufacturer of your equipment. They will provide more detailed information free of charge to help simplify the process even further.