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Maintenance and Rebuild Service

SETUP FOR D20 AND THE ONE MACHINES


 


As Fig.1 shows, the slide is in its top most position. This is the position you will want to use when setting your needles up into the tube to adjust your throw.
(Fig. 2). The throw (also known as stroke), is adjusted by moving the tube up or down in the tube vise. As far as how much throw to allow, everyone is different, so you will have to play with the throw until you get it set to what you like to use. I personally like put mine up in the tube about the thickness of a dime (1.5mm) or so, depending on the area to be tattooed. This allows me to still work off the tips of the needles, but doesn't produce much bleeding, and I have great results with little skin irritation and customers heal their tattoos more quickly. You will feel the machine “bounce” or drag if you have too much throw. If this is the case, just pull the tube back down a bit until it the drag ceases. If you stick the needles out too far, you see more blood and less saturation. 
VOLTAGE
The first thing to wrap your head around if you are new to rotaries is that Voltage=Speed, not a softer or harder hit, as it does with coil machines.
My rotaries will carry a consistent hit through a range of voltage. The two machines have completely different motors from one another, and The One machine doesn't not require the same voltage that the d20 does to attain the same working speed. As such, the motors in The One machines  typically run at the same speed at over a volt lower than a d20. Voltage varies by personal taste, type of style of tattooing desired

and area to be tattooed. I typically like to run my d20s around 7-8.5v and The One at around 5-6.5 volts, varying with needle groupings and area to be tattooed. If tattooing in a tighter area, I like to turn the speed down a bit to give myself a bit more time without traumatizing the skin in that area. When in wide open spots, I turn it up and go to town. This is just my preference, many of my friends prefer different voltage for different groups. It’s really up to you and what you feel comfortable with. Different effects can also be attained by slowing the machine down, or speeding it up, so play around until you get comfortable with it.

Just remember, the voltage affects the SPEED, not the hardness of the hit.

Please keep in mind that there is a point where you are actually damaging the motor by turning past the recommended voltage. You will not gain any speed, and will actually burn your motor up doing so.

Here are the recommended max voltage for the machines, which you should probably only be approaching while lining-

The One= 9 volt max

d20=12 volt max

 

Does it matter which way I connect the clip cord?

No, these machines use non polarized motors, so it does not matter which way the clipboard is hooked up to it.

 

MAINTENANCE

Your machine is pre-lubricated and ready to use, DO NOT LUBRICATE IT BEFORE USE!

I have gone back and forth on telling customers to lubricate the machine with the grease I provide. Too many times and more often than not, people add WAY too much lubricant and it slows their machine down or causes other issues. On the other hand, it WILL help keep the machine a bit more quiet and sounding smoother. So, for now, I will still send the lubricant, but will issue the following caveats:

It is ok to NOT lubricate the machines. The plastic slide is an engineered plastic designed for friction purposes. It may just run a bit louder than a slide that get lubed.

About every month, depending on use of course, apply a very small amount of lubricant to back and sides of d20 slide, or the back and sides of  the slide well area on The One.

Smear ONLY A VERY TINY amount of grease on your forefingers and rub them together to make the glob into a thin film. While the machine is running, swipe your finger with the film on it across the back and each side of slide. Wipe away access after running it for a few minutes.

It is important that you only use the tiniest amount of lubrication, more is not better. If you add too much lubricant, you can actually bog the machine down and cause fluctuations in speed. After lubricating the slide and letting it run for a few minutes, wipe away any excess at the top of the slide or slide well area.

 

The motors are oil less, and DO NOT need to be maintained, but, as with any rapidly moving part, they will wear and become sloppy and less powerful over time. When this happens, the motor will need to be replaced, same goes for the bearing inside the machine. Please refer to the section on rebuilds for more info on this.

Do not spray germicide directly onto the machine, instead use a germicide wipe to wipe the machine down if you use such products, and then wipe off all excess. Germicidal spray is very corrosive and will lead to premature failure of parts on all tattoo machines. Spraying with germicide leaves telltale signs and will void your warranty. Bags are the best option for preventing cross contamination.