Tool Adjustment and Operating Instructions
|Set Anvil To Gauge|
|Set Head To Tooth|
|Set Die Lever to End of Stroke|
|Set Die Lever For Bite|
|Set Front Guide Arm Spring Screw|
| Armstrong hand
swages have been an important part of the filing room for literally decades. Each swage is
made from the finest materials and assembled by experienced craftsmen -- providing filers
the accuracy and dependability they require on the job. These tools, if kept clean and in
good working order, will provide years upon years of good, reliable service. Armstrong
offers a complete line of swages to accommodate an entire range of swage gauges and types.
In addition, spare parts are available for every swage Armstrong manufactures.
Backed by nearly 100 years of service to the sawmill industry, and the commitment to stand behind every product we manufacture, Armstrong swages are the first choice of saw filers worldwide.
| Armstrong swages require very little up-keep.
The key to maintaining a good, accurate, reliable tool is weekly cleaning and lubricating
with a dry, non-abrasive spray. (Oil and grease can trap grinding grit which can lead to
premature wear.) Periodically check for looseness or wear, especially the swage die hole
and clamp screw threads. Keep the clamp screws free of pitch.
Swages have a number of parts that are consumed during swaging and need to be replaced. Don't wait until you're having difficulties. Keep spare parts on hand and use carbide whenever possible. Carbide parts last longer, work better and cost less in the long run.
Steel anvils can be used one time on each end. When the anvil is worn, flip it over "end-for-end" (do not rotate). Carbide anvils can only be used once, however, they will usually last 8-10 times longer than steel. When anvils wear down .001" (about the smallest amount you can "feel") send in to Armstrong for regrinding.
Wipe the swage die down and inspect for wear at least once a week. When the die shows signs of wear, move it over 1/4" (6mm) minimum.
|Long||The long bite die is the mildest die, and produces the smallest kerf.|
|Short||The short bite die is the most frequently used for "average" conditions.|
|Extra Short||The extra short die is the most aggressive, giving the heaviest kerf.|
|WHAT IF I'M HAVING A PROBLEM WITH TOOTH BENDING OR UNEVEN SWAGING?|
| One of the first places to check is the
sharpener. About 1/2 of all tooth bending/ uneven swaging problems result from grinding
off-center or out-of-square.
If the problem occurs after you have been using the swage for a period of time, go back and reset-up the swage according to the instructions provided for the initial setup.
For more detailed information, refer to Armstrong's Swage and Shaper Troubleshooting Guide.
|WHAT IF I'M NOT GETTING ENOUGH KERF?|
| Are you using the correct die size for your
particular requirements? (Refer to die selection chart.)
Is your tool adjusted to provide maximum kerf?
Most people will instinctively lower the anvil into the die in an attempt to increase kerf. Backing the anvil AWAY from the die and resetting the stop allows the die to "work" the saw for maximum kerf.
|WHAT IF I'M SEEING SOME "BLURRING" IN MY CLAMP SCREW MARKS?|
| It's probably time to replace your clamp screws.
When doing so, replace BOTH at the same time and send your anvil in for
regrinding. Order carbide parts whenever possible. Also, check the clamp screws for pitch
build up. They may just need a good cleaning.
A QUICK CHECK: Can you cut a donut? Check the clamp screws by sliding a piece of paper between them and apply light pressure. You should be able to cut a perfect donut shape. Do not clamp too tightly, or you could damage your clamp screws.
|WHAT IF THE DIE HOLDER SLIPS INSIDE THE DIE LEVER CLAMPING SOCKET?|
|Remove or rough-up the plating on the inside of the die lever clamping socket with emery paper. Remove all the oil between the die holder and socket. Retighten.|
|For additional answers to commonly asked questions, refer to Armstrong's Swage and Shaper Troubleshooting Guide.|
|WARNING: You are working in a dangerous environment. To minimize risk of injury, keep work area clean and all tools in good working condition.|