I’ve read up on all the relevant old post I could find, and I still have a few questions about this. I’ve adjusted the clutch, and it’s still hitting at both ends on the lowest speed. Not very hard (yet), but enough to bounce of an inch or two. Sometimes the breaking dial helps, sometimes it doesn’t. My guess is the problem has something to do with the microswitches (which if I’ve understood right, are the four switches at shin height labeled 1-4LS on the side opposite the operator.)
How do I check the microswitches to see if they’re functioning properly? Or, if it’s not the microswitches, what should I check next/instead?
Also, I’m assuming that if the press is set up right, one shouldn’t need the breaks on at all when the press is on the lowest speed. Breaks are only necessary for higher speed settings?
Here’s some more hopefully relevant observations:
1) When the carriage is at the feed board, I can still toggle the switch by hand, it still has some free play in it. When it’s at the other end, the play in the switch arm is maxed out.
2) The rail/rack/ski/arm piece (the thing mounted to the bottom of the carriage that depresses the switch arms as the carriage travels), which is fixed in place by washers and hex-head screws, seems SLIGHTLY off level.
3) With the press on, when I toggle the switches by hand, I can only hear two of them making noise, a noise I locate somewhere up inside the carriage.