Howdy, folks. I recently came by an American 6" crank splitter and, after an extensive cleanup operation, I am finally ready to tune and use it. I am primarily a small goods maker, wallets and other carry items, so I primarily am working with leathers in the 3-4 oz range. Many of my colleagues are using the Landis 30 to split these thinner weight leathers and as I understand it, the American is practically the same machine for all intents and purposes. I am hoping to get the same use out of mine.
That said, I am having trouble getting my rollers to close properly at the desired width for these thinner leathers. I can get good grip and tension on the non-crank side, but for the life of me I cannot get the rollers on the crank side to adequately close up. I have read the Landis P30 PDF about adjusting the splitter for use but I still have been unable to get it dialed in. The splitter originally came with the larger of the two lower tension springs placed on the non-crank side; I have tried it both under the crank and opposite it, but neither way seems to make any difference. Am I asking too much of it?
I apologize if I'm too vague, this is my first experience with one of these machines, so I'm doing my best to articulate the problem. Any thoughts? I'm happy to provide photos of anything needed.
Thank you much!