How many Glowforges have you gone through? And how many crumb trays? I forget that sometimes but I get reminded by the laser pass on the lip of the crumb tray from my first day trying it out. (it was before I realized about the divots the feet are supposed fall into, and first impression that piece was metal. I mean who would put plastic where the laser might cut?
When I was having trouble with the head fan I set it to engrave the front so I could watch what was happening to the fan. Even 100-1 power does a nice job of cleaning.
Holy cow, really? Wow, I’ve never cleaned mine really. I might have emptied it a few times, and I think once I went after it with a wire brush. You’ve never seen any rust on it? I think I saw a picture once of rust on one where they had dunked it in simple green or something like that (but simple green is way too valuable these days to fill up a tub big enough to soak the tray, so that’s out).
Wow, that is a GOOD DOG! My German shepherd would run the minute something like that was pointed at him (and not come back like that one did). I used to vacuum my old German shepherd though, he didn’t mind it. Was very helpful during coat blowing season
I may give cleaning mine a shot, although I don’t think it’s terribly bad yet. Any chance to annoy the neighbors with my noise is ok with me. The return of the warmer weather has reminded me how much I don’t miss the constant leaf blowing and lawn mowing that goes on around here, with all the weekend warriors using those extra loud backback blowers.
oddly, I cleaned mine today aw well. I was not nearly as into it. NO disassembly, Hosed it down with simple green, let it stand, rinsed it. The amount of gunk that came off was impressive enough to merit a 2nd pass. Still ugly vs yours but much cleaner.
we used to use one at the dog wash in the winter on our old mastiff/bloodhound mix. he was the same way, stay away from the head. i used to drape a towel over his head and pay attention to him while my wife used the blow dryer on the rest of him. catch his face with some air and the jig was up. he spent the rest of the time trying to angrily eat the end of the dryer hose.
now, with a dane, she has so little fur that a good towel off and she’s pretty much dry by the time we walk back to the truck. not that she needs baths that often. there are some benefits to minimal fur.
After inspection, It was still dirty so, I went whole hog on it today. There was enough crud in some of the cells that I had to use a small brush to clean out the holes. it is not perfect but way way better. Took the opportunity while it dried to remove the nasty fan that was acting as a pre-filter for my external fan (i.e. covered in crud). That led to me flossing the heat exchanger with simepl green safety wipes and vacuuming up a bunch of crumbs. It is all back together and working now so all is well that ends.