You were so nice to me about my Big Shot breaking. No one mentioned that I'd obviously overdone it once too often. Thank you. We've had time to take it apart today. That's a bit of a joke..take out loads of screws and nothing really shows itself.
Take an allen key to the little spot behind the handle and that reveals everything. Certainly well built, this Big Shot, but not intended to be repaired! See the half wheel of cogs that should be a whole wheel of cogs. You'd kinda like to think you could just get a new cog, but we can't get into it to remove or replace. Ho Hum. Rhymes with Bum.
That's why the plates are stuck in the rollers..won't go forwards and certainly won't go back...but we did manage to wrestle the die out of the sandwich, so I'm pleased about that.
And then, just as I was getting over the Big Shot, I moved the tote bag into the middle of my craft room in an attempt to remind myself to empty and sort it. And the handle broke. PING...it really went, and a bit of insidey metal popped out and the handle came away in my hand and the bag hit the ground I swore. Sorry about that. It's relatively new to me, as a gift from a crafty friend who had one too many. So that's bad luck, huh.
Mr D has valiantly attempted mending, but it's a gonner. So I'm going to browse some very unintersting industrial storage catalogues and see if I can find something that might replace it in. Plastic, wheels and space...it may last longer if it looks awful!
So this post isn't one of my long whines about inferior quality or products not being up to it. Not at all. It's more a lesson in expecting more than the product should be expected to deliver. I will be replacing the Big Shot with another Big Shot. It's the tote that may well get a very practical downgrade - just to become 'me' proof rather than because they aren't built well. Watch this space - storage is such an issue.
Ah well, these things happen. I shall be more careful in the future, I promise. And there won't be third..there's really nothing else that could break in the old craft room. Is there?