R. J. Rauen Sales, Inc.

Home Up



Rotec 2020

wallet photo cutter

Instruction manual 

Operating Instructions:

Your cutter has been shipped in a special crate.  Do not throw the crate out, it can be used to return the cutter if it ever needs repair.



1.      Remove the cutter from the crate.  Examine the cutter for any shipping damages.
         The cutter must be tested within 48 hours to verify proper operation.  If there is damage immediately call
         R. J. Rauen Sales, Inc.  Rauen Sales cannot be responsible for damage occurred in shipping after the time period stated.
2.      Position the cutter on a table that is able to support the weight of the unit.  Extend the bottom pads inch over
         the edge of the table.
3.      Attach the catch tray with the included screws to the lower front of the cutter.  After the tray is on properly, gently
         push the cutter back onto the table until the tray touches the table.
         Attach the two rear safety brackets to the rear of the cutter.  Bolt the safety brackets securely to the table.
4.      Plug the power cord into a grounded 120 volt 15 amp outlet.



1.      Turn the cutter on using the toggle power switch located on the top right of the cutter.
2.      Press and release the actuator button located in front of the power switch.
3.      Cycle the unit several times to ensure proper operation.  The unit will go around one full revolution and stop.
4.      Check for proper paper alignment by inserting a sample print into the cutter.  The print is inserted under the
         Plexiglas plate and between the side guides.  The center of the print can be aligned by looking through the top
         Plexiglas guard and at the cutter blades of the die.
5.      Place the paper into the cutter until you feel a slight pressure by the rubber.  Continue until it stops firmly against
         the paper stops.  Your print is now in the cut position.
6.      If your cutter is supplied with an optional foot pedal, connect it to the rear plug socket.  Press the foot pedal
        down and remove your foot immediately.  The solenoid will engage and the cutter will cycle.

Jo-Kat power drive system:
If your cutter is equipped with the optional power system the operation is as follows.  Turn the main power on and then turn the power drive switch on.  The pressure roller will turn for the drive system.  Place a piece of paper in between the side guides.  The side guides must not be tight against the paper.  Drop the paper into the feed plate.  The power drive will pull the paper through to the stops.  As the paper is driven it will activate the solenoid to engage the cutter. 



1.      To correct the side location, loosen the thumb knobs in the back of the feed plate.  Move the side guide to the new
         location and tighten.  The paper must be able to move freely between the side plates yet guide correctly.
2.      For adjusting the feed speed the safety cover must be removed.  Disconnect the power prior to removing any covers. 
         The   cutter was preset at the factory and should not require changing.  After the cover is removed, locate the variable
         POT and turn to increase the speed or decrease the speed of the motor.  Replace all covers before using cutter.
3.      If the paper is not making it to the stops then adjust the timer delay on the timer.  Clockwise increases the time until it
         activates the solenoid.  

Caution:  The next steps require the removing of guards.  Keep hands and loose clothing away from the cutter.  Serious injury can occur!!
Top to bottom registration:

1.      Press the actuator button and then turn the main power off when the paper stops are at the top and able to
          be reached when the top guard is removed.
2.      Remove the top Plexiglas guard.
3.      Loosen the screws holding the paper stops.  The stops are eccentric.  Rotate the stops to raise or lower t
         he start cut position of the paper.  The stop should be closer or farther away from the lead cut blade as required.
4.      Tighten screws and replace all guards. 
5.      Turn the power on and the cutter will finish its cycle.
6.      Test the cut and adjust as required
7.      Do not move the stops to close to the lead blade as they may be scored by the Anvil holes. 
         Adjust slowly if moving towards the lead blade to minimize the scrapping of the stops

Left to right adjustment:

1.      The alignment from right to left is determined by the side guides and visual alignment.
2.      If using the side guides and they are off loosen the screws in the back and move the side guides.
3.      If a visual alignment is used, check to make sure proper marks are being observed.
Sheet resistance adjustments:

When you first insert the paper into the cutter, you will feel a slight resistance prior to the paper stops.  This is necessary to pull the paper correctly through the cutter.
The rotation stop screw controls the sheet resistance.  The resistance is adjusted through the front hole in the front right of the clutch housing.  There is a 5/16 inch hole located there.  To adjust the unit, depress the clutch button and let the cutter rotate turn, shut the power is off.  Insert a 5/32 inch allen wrench into the hole and locate the screw head inside of it.  Rotating the screw clockwise will decrease the sheet resistance.  If you turn it to far there will be no resistance and the paper will hit the paper stops.  There will be no resistance and the paper will not be pulled through correctly.  If the screw is turned to far counter clockwise the paper will hit the lead blade and not reach the stops.  Adjust the resistance so there is a slight drag on the paper and it can reach the paper stops easily.
Trouble shooting:

Cutter will not operate:
1.      Power cord not plugged in.
2.      Circuit breaker tripped, eliminate the problem and reset.
3.      Die cover off, this prevent the safety switch from working, replace cover
Paper jams in cutter:
1.      Use flat paper only; curled paper can cause this problem.
2.      If the paper is not wide enough the strippers may not be able to strip the paper, use wider paper or adjust the strippers.
3.      If the foam is new it may be sticky.  Coat a piece of paper with baby powder and insert it in front of the
         Plexiglas plate and activate the cutter.  This will coat the foam and prevent stickiness.
4.      If the die is dull it will cause mis-cutting.  Send the die back to Rauen Sales for inspection.
5.      If the die rubber is old it may not strip the prints properly.  Replace the rubber.

Copyright 2007
R. J. Rauen Sales, Inc.
Last modified: 04/08/07