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The last time I used my scotch TL901 thermal laminator, the page I was laminating got stuck in the machine and some of the laminating paper melted onto the inside rollers. After 30 minutes, I was able to get the screws out and get the top cover off so that I could see the rollers. I need to know if and how there is a way to get the melted pieces off or to clean the rollers so that I can laminate again w/o another sheet getting stuck and melting. I can't find the manual as this product was purchased before I took over this dept at work. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! --Erica BHM, AL.

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I found manual on amazon, so take a look there: Amazon com thermador manual I hope this was helpful. cheers

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There are two screws on the bottom which are visible. Leave them alone. The four screws that hold the bottom on are UNDER the rubber feet. Gently lift one edge of the rubber feet and then carefully peel them off. You will need a long thin Phillips screw driver to remove the four screws, UNPLUG the unit before opening it.
In most cases the plastic will be wrapped around the orange/red colored roller. This roller cannot be turned unless you push the "Release" lever. Using a tweezers, try to grasp a corner of the end of the rolled up plastic. Pull firmly and steadily on the corner until you have enough free to grasp with a needle nose pliers or a forceps, Then work your way across the entire end of the plastic sheet until its free. Finally, reposition the pliers or forceps toward the middle of the freed end and firmly pull to unroll completely.
Remember, you must be pushing on the "Release" while doing this or the roller will not turn. When you start, you may have to move the roller to get it to a position where you can try to grab an end corner of the plastic sheet. You should be able to do this if you a pushing on the Release lever.
Finally, if you have left the rolled up plastic sheets on the roller so long the are fused into one mass, my directions my not work. In that case, try slitting the entire length of the rolled up plastic with something like an xacto knife, BUT DON'T **** THE RUBBER ROLLER. That's tricky, but at this point you have nothing to lose.
Took me 20 minutes to figure out how to open the unit. Ten minutes to take out the wrapped up plastic sheets

Posted on Mar 14, 2011

  • tsfhome May 29, 2013

    I accidentally put the wrong end in first and the paper wrapped around the rollers. I followed your instructions and got the paper off and put the machine back together and now it works fine. Thank you so much!!!

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    Elaine Willingham Jun 08, 2014

    I got the whole thing apart but the laminator sheet was stuck so badly to that roller that there was no way it would budge. It's my own fault. I was in a hurry and didn't use the protector and I had to trash my laminator. Hope I can find one for $16.99 like I heard some man say on You Tube. I actually got this one with credit card points. Godd luck and conrats if this worked for you.


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Thanks this helped a lot

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