How to Adjust a Tapco Brake

May 3, 2023


A five-minute adjustment improves the accuracy and performance of a Tapco Pro series brake

In this tutorial, we will show how to adjust a Pro Series brake from Tapco Tools.

The first step in the process is to cut five pieces of metal, four inches wide by twelve inches long, for a ten-foot-six break. If you have a wider break, you will need to cut six pieces, and if you have a shorter break, you will need to cut four pieces. In addition to the metal pieces, you will also need the adjustment wrench that comes with the tune-up kit.

Step by step for adjusting a Tapco Pro Series brake

Once you have the metal pieces and the adjustment wrench, you can begin the adjustment process.

  • The first step is to unlock the break and place each metal piece under each casting location.
  • Then, lock the brake in place.
  • The next step is to take the adjustment wrench and drop it into the power link, taking the tension off. Using the adjustment wrench, you can adjust the tension by turning it right to tighten or left to loosen. The goal is to have enough tension to move the metal back and forth but not in and out. This step should be repeated at each casting location to ensure that the tension is consistent throughout the brake.

By doing all the adjustments at once, you can check the tension against each other to make sure that the tension is consistent. This will ensure that the brake is functioning properly and producing accurate results. With these simple steps, you can easily adjust your Pro Series break from Tapco Tools to achieve optimal results.


—This video is from Tapco Tools, one of ProTradeCraft's advertisers. Serving professional siding applicators since 1961, Tapco brakes and accessories bring measuring, mobility, decorative designs, and strengthening ribs to fascia, window trims, frieze boards, porch posts, and beams. See all of Tapco's content here.

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