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#1 Posted : Saturday, August 04, 2012 5:19:15 PM(UTC)
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I used my machine and turned it off and left the room. Came back later to catch my 15 year old playing with it. Not using it, but playing with it, particularly the blade. Now the blade will not lower at all. I have take out the assembly, even replaced the blade and it still will not work. Yes the #4 was pointing to the arrow when I replaced the blade. I took the cover off the cradle and don't see anything out of place. Desperately need to fix this immediately, anyone have a suggestion?
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#2 Posted : Tuesday, August 07, 2012 6:01:12 PM(UTC)
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Does the blade housing still bounce up and down when you tap on the top of it?

I'd suggest giving PC a call to see if there's a fix.

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#3 Posted : Tuesday, August 07, 2012 6:33:53 PM(UTC)
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If the blade holder doesn't move up and down eaily then it is probobly bound up. I have used the following proceedure to repair 2 other macnines.


Blade Dragging

This problem seems to be one of the most common, and the easiest to fix as well. The machine seems to operate normally, except that the blade drags in some places, cutting where it shouldn't, and hangs up in some places, not cutting where it should. Normally, the blade holder should move smoothly up and down. You should be able to push it down with no friction detected, and when released, it should move smoothly and freely back upwards.

In some cases, the lower of the two leaf springs in the cutter solenoid mechanism can get bent, causing a slight misalignment, which creates friction that causes the observed "dragging" behavior.

The fix for this is about the simplest of all: remove 3 screws covering the cutter carriage, and simply pinch with your fingers the upper and lower leaf springs together at the right hinge point. (Where the red circles are in the photo below). This should straighten the bent lower leaf spring and free up the movement.



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I hope this helps.
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#4 Posted : Tuesday, August 07, 2012 7:46:23 PM(UTC)
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I'd call PC. If your Cricut is under warranty, they will take care of it. If it's not still under warranty, they will still troubleshoot with you. I wouldn't mess with taking screws out and such until talking to PC.
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#5 Posted : Wednesday, August 08, 2012 2:53:29 PM(UTC)
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Yes it will bounce up and down. The spring does not seem to be bent, but I cannot see the image you mentioned so I am not sure about the red dot. I have contacted the company and hav enot hear back yet.

Thanks for the suggestions!

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