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3 Signs your Button Maker may need a Tune-up (and 3 Signs it doesn’t)

Most people love their Tecre Manual Button Maker.  So keeping it happy and at optimal health is often a priority.  When things seem awry, you may begin to worry about your button maker’s well-being.  Here are 3 signs that could signify your button maker needs to be returned for a check-up (and 3 more signs it doesn’t!)

You may need to send your button maker in to Tecre if…

  • Buttons are not crimping tightly. You can tell a lot about the health of the button maker by examining the buttons it is producing.  If loose buttons cannot be resolved following the recommendations seen here, it may be time to send the button maker in for a general tune-up which consists of replacing necessary parts and making sure everything is adjusted properly.
  • Handle does not come down smoothly. A healthy button maker should have a smooth descent as you crimp the button.  If it doesn’t, it could indicate wearing of parts that can only be replaced and resolved at Tecre’s facility.
  • The button maker has been dismantled. As noted in Button Making Commandments, once the button making machine is taken apart, it’s unlikely that it can be assembled again to function properly.  Sending the button maker back to Tecre at this point is in your best interest – and your customer’s!

You do not need to send your button maker in to Tecre if…

  • The paint is chipping. While we admit the newly painted black button maker is quite handsome, the truth is that your labor of love will begin to show over time.  You may notice paint chips or what look to be scrapes under the rotating dies.  Let these markings give your button maker character.  They will tell the story of all the buttons made with your button maker.
  • The dies are stuck together. If your button maker looks like the one seen here, it is a typical machine jam!  These can feel impossible to relieve, but the truth is if you sent your button maker to Tecre in a jammed state, we follow these very steps.
  • The turntable is not rotating (especially common in new button makers). When a new button maker is removed from the box, grease under the table may prevent the turntable from rotating.  You may need to give it a sharp blow with the palm of your hand to break the suction.  Remember never to bang on the dies with metal tools.

Over time, the replacement of items such as springs and bolts can be necessary.  For these items and all other repair inquiries, please be sure to call Tecre first to discuss the necessity of returning the button maker for repair.  If deemed necessary, Tecre will send you an RMA form for you to include in the box.  This form will help us identify the button maker when it is returned to us.

In an effort to reduce symptoms of separation anxiety between you and your button maker, Tecre will take initiative to have it returned to you promptly and get you back on your button making way!

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17 Responses to 3 Signs your Button Maker may need a Tune-up (and 3 Signs it doesn’t)

  1. Kristin says:

    I didn’t know you guys repaired them like that! that’s awesome to know. 🙂

  2. Chris says:

    What would be the cost to ship a model 225 button maker to you and back from Florida?

  3. Toni says:

    I don’t own a machine yet. This post showed up in my facebook newsfeed. Beyond being creepy that facebook knows I’ve visited your website multiple times, it makes the decision about which machine to buy much easier.

    Good to know you offer repair services.

  4. Chris says:

    How many buttons can a Tecre model 225 button maker make before it needs to have its dies replaced?

  5. John Nepper Jr says:

    I’ve made almost 20,000 Trump buttons on mine without incident.
    P.S. All of these buttons were given away for free.

  6. Craig says:

    I bought a couple of Tecre presses second-hand and they just don’t *feel* like the one I bought new. The dies don’t spin as fast/freely and the press arm doesn’t feel as good on the last little bit of pressing. I’ve tried lightly greasing the bottom of the die plate, and that helped a little…. but it’s nowhere near as smooth as my newer press. Do you guys offer a tune up service for older machines?

    • Tecre says:

      Yes! You may call Tecre for details but we are happy to service any Tecre machines, no matter the source. Costs for tune-ups are minimal so please call for more information on how you can go about sending the machine in and if it is necessary. Thank you!

  7. T says:

    I am really impressed with my button press so far. My major complaint is how bad the handle has chipped and I have only made about 20 buttons. Got it a week ago. I would expect that after paying so much money, it would have a much higher quality finish. Now i have paint chips all over my craft table. Hope it holds up.

  8. B Rose says:

    My buttons aren’t crimping properly. The plastic is consistently loose on the same small section of the button edges. Is there an adjustment that needs to be made on the machine or with the user?

    B Rose.

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