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T-Tech issue

Hi guys,
I guess lots of tattoo artists are using the t-tech cartridges.
I love them. But a few times the cartridge just makes very strange sound and looks like it works in different frequency and sometimes the needle stays out from the tip and doesn't work anymore. (The rubber doesn't go wrong and everything looks fine)
Does anyone know why this happens? Also how to "fix" it quickly?
Thanks guys!


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RE:T-Tech issue

i had this happen a couple of times and i realized that it was the grip i was using ,it let me twist it into a wrong position ,not at the locking position that they need to be in.it felt right and was tight but it started it act up like you said. by the way i use disposable cartridge grips. didn't know if you do or not. so watch for that, hope this helps
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i had this happen a couple of times and i realized that it was the grip i was using ,it let me twist it into a wrong position ,not at the locking position that they need to be in.it felt right and was tight but it started it act up like you said. by the way i use disposable cartridge grips. didn't know if you do or not. so watch for that, hope this helps
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RE:T-Tech issue

I've had a few similar experiences. a quick tap on the table with the head of my machine and a dip in the rinse water will usually get the needle lubed up enough to continue tattooing.
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Thanks for the tips guys!
I'm using them with the cheyenne thunder.
I never tried to tap it on the table so I'm going to try it out :)
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I've been using different needle cartridges for years now, I probably have used more T-Tech than anything. Although I have found problems with all of them, Cheyenne gives you a really nice needle cartridge but like everyone says they are a little pricey. I'm not one to argue price over quality or I don't have a problem spending a few more dollars per tattoo if its a superior needle. I did find that the mags are good 90-95% of the time, the liners and rounds have an issue, I believe its due to the bug pins they use, after a short period of time ink builds up inside and if you don't keep it ultra clean, that build up will make the needles flair open. I usually would have to get a new needle out when Im towards the end of a long session. Sometimes I could fix it by taking a mag that I'm done with and getting that clog out by pushing the needle out and with another needle use it to dig it out, it usually does the trick but not all the time, sometimes you'll notice its not tattooing right and if you look at the needle you'll see that it now looks like a super loose liner, or its just jacked up. So I would say 60% of the time the liners become a mess, I think this could be an easy fix for Cheyenne.

With that being said I have used other brands like T-Tech way more, Ive found the mags are usually spot on, 95-100% of the time there isn't an issue, Liners, it's the same thing but not as bad, maybe 10% of the time I have to get out a new needle when I'm down the final steps of the tattoo. But usually I could take care of it easy with that trick of pushing out the needle and using another needle to get that little clog out, I usually don't have to get out a new needle when I use these. When I first started using cartridges I found a lot of bad Cheyenne's straight out of the box that get trashed before I even use it. So after all of that it wasn't a matter of just a few dollars it was becoming a problem of throwing away several bad needles out of one box and having to get out an extra because after a while they just went bad, I know this doesn't happen to everyone but it does for me, or at least I notice it more. I've also did the drip test on both needle cartridges because they said Cheyennes didn't leak out of the back, but both needle brands failed my test, to eliminate that, just don't tattoo upside down if you could help it.

Now for the actual question, haha. Sorry about that, That noise you're hearing is the lock isn't all the way in, but in more cases I have found this doesn't happen with Cheyenne and T-Tech as much, and some other companies it happens a lot! So I had to figure out what the heck it was, when it was doing it or it was doing it on and off, just last week I applied a little pressure with my finger near the tip of the cartridge and it made it worse, something is binding, I don't know exactly where it's coming from but its either inside the cartridge where the band and the plastic piece is, or because of that pressure that I applied it could be coming from where the bar is connecting with the plastic bar from the cartridge, I've also noticed this noise sometimes if i squeeze a little hard just on the grip, so I'm pretty sure it's happing in the working mechanism in the cartridge or the contact of the bars or the plastic bar could be a little to big and its causing the noise inside the tube. Usually if you unscrew it and screw it back in, it will fix it, I have had some that are so bad that I would need to grab a new needle but that is on a rare occasion, there are new brands coming out that do it more, those ones I almost can't even use because it was like every other one was doing it. The needles weren't as good as well on those ones.

One day someone will have the perfect needles, and if they don't, I'll do it.
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i can't say this enough, but I appreciate the time you spend answering questions on this forum. i also have the issues with the needle getting clogged up and sticking in the cartridge tube.

while most of this is ink, I wonder if there is a percentage of towel fibers also in there. Do you feel your time is better spent manually cleaning the needles, or would it be time saved to just choose a new needle out of the box?

And towards the question of towels, I use the cheapest towel available wrapped around a non-scented, non-alcohol baby wipe. it seems to give just enough moisture to wipe without causing too much friction on the skin. I feel I get less fibers from the cheaper towels than I do a more expensive towel. Do you have any thoughts on whether this is better or worse to combat the needle clogging?
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