When is it time to replace the dies in my machine?
Short dies can create many problems, including broken front end parts and ram guide misalignment. If the dies in your Little Giant are less than 70% of full height, it is time to replace them.
Full die height is 3" each for 25 LB dies; 3 ½" each for 50 LB; 4" each for 100 LB; 5" each for 250 LB; 6" each for 500LB.
Why are there 2 sizes of upper dies for 25 and 50 LB Little Giants?
The original Little Giant factory made all upper dies for 25's and 50's ½ smaller (from front to back) than the lower dies. We do not know why. We make the original size, and also make the oversize dies in order to match the workface of the lower.
What are the Tooling Dies for?
Instead of tapered sides on the lower, the shoulders are cut straight down. This allows a tooling face to be fitted on the work face and secured with set screws.
Why are my new dies different from the old ones?
Our new dies are made from the original blueprints. It is possible that the old dies were hand made, or dies from a different machine.
What about the pins in my old dies?
We believe the pins were used for assembly purposes only. In our opinion, they cause problems. Our dies do not have provisions for pins.
How do I get the dies to stay where I put them?
Angles of the dies and dovetail must match accurately, and the die keys must be correctly fit. Click here for full instructions for properly fit die keys.
How do I fit my die key?