That bargain buy guillotine from the well known auction website could soon turn out to be a bargain nightmare. It is always a little nerve wracking purchasing a machine and not completely knowing the machines history or reliability? Has it been regularly maintained?
A further issue which must be considered, does the manufacturers still support the machine? Are spare parts available? In many cases for older machines over 10 years old, parts and support is not available anymore.
For older Ideal Guillotines manufactured with a pre-cut priming light, this model design has a single switch guarding system. The system can be bypassed quite easily, being able to operate without a safety guard, unlike the newer Ideal models designed with safety features that make this impossible.
The manufacturers Ideal, have instructed us not to work on these earlier versions of guillotines and have recommended they be replaced as soon as possible.
It goes without saying that guillotines must be inspected and serviced on a six monthly cycle. Everything should be recorded for later inspection by the Health & Safety Executive.