LabelStation Pro200/Pro300 Cutter Installation Guide


  1. Dislocate the support arm (which holds the printer open while changing ribbon/label roll etc.). There is a knack to this, as follows:
    Open the printer and leave the lid propped up.
    b. Hold the lid while pressing the support arm away from you with your thumb. This will lift the lid a little further.
    c. When the arm drops to a lower position, keep pressing it while firmly pushing the lid upwards. The bottom of the arm should then pop out of its track and allow the lid to swing wide open.
  2. Remove the nine screws which hold the platen deck to the base of the printer. First remove the two small screws at the rear (and replace them last when reassembling the printer), then remove the six deeply recessed screws around the deck, and finally the inspection hatch screw on the underside of the printer. Note when reassembling - two of the six deeply recessed screws are longer than the others, and these belong rearmost.
  3. Remove the small slotted panel from the front of the printer and discard it. No screws involved. This process exposes an oblong aperture through which the cutter cable can be passed.
  4. Lift the platen deck from the base of the printer sufficiently to peer inside and pass the cutter cable through the oblong hole. Plug the cutter cable into the printed circuit board. All plugs and sockets are colour matched.
  5. Slot the cutter into the receptacle in the front of the printer (the receptacle which formerly held the little front panel). Fitting the cutter is easier if you tilt its top towards you while pushing it downwards. It should snap into place. No screws involved.
  6. Screw the platen deck back to the base but leave the inspection hatch off. To relocate the support arm, place it in position for propping the lid open then press firmly down on the lid. The arm should snap into place.
  7. Working through the inspection hatch, insert the cutter driver chip (integrated circuit) in the socket mounted on the printed circuit board. This chip must be orientated correctly, great care being taken to avoid damaging the leads. Get one line of leads partially inserted then ease the opposite line of leads into the socket using a flat edge (such as the end of a ruler). Push down firmly when all leads are aligned.
    Observe the little ‘half moon’ shaped indent on the chip, which should be located on the left, as encircled in the photo below. The chip is not especially sensitive to electrostatic charge but we recommend an earthing bracelet is used.
  8. Replace the inspection hatch.
  9. Test the cutter.

NOTE: You may assume the cutter driver chip supplied is the correct type. Only very old printers are non Non-RoHS type that use a different chip.