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#1 margarets1

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 10:44 PM

i recently purchased the beetle bit. i'm noticing that the breaks are not as clean as i expected. lots of flares on the bottom side after the break. also it sometimes seems to skip, so i don't have a completely connected scoreline.

what is the adjustment for (the black allens wrench-looking thing)?

will this help the above problems??

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 01:46 PM

bump. no one here has beetle bits or has any ideas on this product?

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 11:34 PM

bump. no one here has beetle bits or has any ideas on this product?


I was kind of waiting around to learn more about them. Seen them, but never used them.

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 08:57 AM

Here are the instructions that came with your Flying Beetle:
This should help. Also have your running pliers into the score as far as possible.
Try dipping the cutter head in oil first.

You can always call me at (847-477-3863) We are located in Chicago Illinois.
Sorry for the delay.


We are working on videos for youtube as I write this so you can see more of what they do.

Her is our Beetle Bits set up video on youtube.

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 09:17 PM

ok, so it sounds like the adjustment allows one to move cutter blade up and down (vertical)?

i will also doublecheck myself on putting running pliers much further into the scores; i know i usually place right on the edge of glass.

will modifying these things take care of the flares i get when breaking out score? the flares are driving me crazy since i then have to grind... purchased this to avoid grinding when fusing and need the edges to really butt up perfect. i've wasted so much glass.

thanks ray. i'll give it a go

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 10:19 PM

Margaret:

Yes.

You have every advantage of making a perfect score with our
equipment.
90 Degree Cutter angle, Carbide Sharp Angle Cutting Wheel, Straight Line,
Steady Pressure. Ramp onto the Glass, Ramp off the glass.
All you need to do is dip in oil every 4 scores and you have the perfect system.
Do not press hard. Just a light fast pull or push with the Flying Beetle is all you need.

Here is a semi-private video that you may view temporarily.



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Posted 10 March 2011 - 04:39 PM

thank ray. i also too thought with the design of tool, i would always be assured of success with breaking out the score.

i reviewed the video, exactly the same thing i do except: i don't pull as quickly (when i did, it wouldnt break correctly) and i break between scores (just the way i learned). i also didn't use oil (thought it was optional). i'll try these changes and i'll also have my running pliers looked at. maybe they need new heads.

the ruler is already scratched up. what is the purpose of the hole at the other end of ruler? i thought it was to hold the ruler in place, but it didn't line up with the grid for that to work.

thanks for your help

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 06:45 PM

Margaret:

The purpose of the hole at the end of the ruler is to hang it up on a hook if you are not using it.
We do sell the rulers direct if you need to replace it sometime in the future.
They are about $ 10.00 plus shipping.

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 12:12 PM

update: my running pliers needed to be replaced. beetle bits works perfectly now.

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 07:49 PM

If you look carefully, you will see that there is a tiny set screw that the Allen wrench fits. Screwing or unscrewing it a bit adjusts how much scoring the cutter will do. I have not used it but rather use feel to judge the score. The Beetle bit is great for cutting even and exact strips, such as when making boxes. Still, there is no substitute for using a free cutter.

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Posted 25 January 2015 - 01:20 PM

I realize this is an old post but it directly relates to my question about setting the glass bit on the beetle bits system.

 

I am cutting thin glass that is about the same height as the ruler. How could I possibly not scratch up the ruller immediately?

 

Well, for now I might put something under the glass -fabric of some kind - but I don't think that's a great long term solution.

 

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