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nonacrobertsnonacroberts Member Posts: 807
When do you know if it is time to change your blade in the zing? I have been using same blade for year now.


  • HappyCrafterHappyCrafter Member Posts: 2,663
    When my blade needs to be changed, I notice that it starts to leave "hanging chads" when it had not been leaving them previously on the same cuts. Also, the cut edges are not as smooth as they should be.
    As long as the bicycle wheels are still turning, life is good. Sharon in North Central Idaho
  • RueschRuesch Member Posts: 23
    edited January 2015

    I think it depends on the materials you cut, how often in the year and how good your cutting deep settings are. If you cut only the material ,and not because of a settings foult, the mat it could work a long time.
    I think you must look how good your cuttings are, in particular with small and fine cuts. like Happy Crafter says"hanging chads" could be a sign and also on vinyl corners that looked pushed together. If everything works fine, why changing a running system ? You can also use a new blade if needed and use the old one as long as possible for simple lineouts with only wide curves

    My machine : Silhouette Cameo I , cutting software: MTC and Silhouette Studio DE, cutting skills: beginner, other software:PCS, gimp and inkscape, all on windows 7 pro . Because english is not my mother language you can keep mistakes if you find them ;-)
  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 7,472
    If you get to the point that you're using a LOT of force for cutting materials that previously cut at, say, half the force, then it's definitely time for a new blade.
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  • nonacrobertsnonacroberts Member Posts: 807
    Ok, my blade is cutting great.
  • Liz_ALiz_A Member Posts: 10,137
    @nonacroberts - I tend to cut pretty much the same type of papers most of the time, so you get to know that paper needs this, and another one needs that, etc. - for settings. When your regular settings no longer work...ie the edges are not as crispy clean, or you get those chads that Ruesch mentioned, then its probably time for a blade change. I do use my cutters at least a couple times a week, I just changed out my blade at Christmas...it had been awhile since last change, probably since last winter some time, so they can last a long while before needing to be replaced.
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