What's a good dry mount press?

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  1. brian steinberger

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    I think I'm ready to purchase a used dry mount press. Problem is, I don't know anything about them. What's a good brand? Model? I'm looking for a press that will do up to 16x20.

    Thanks so much.
     
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    Seal 210M is the standard.

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    Thanks Jon
     
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    Drytac 2525. Not standard but far better in my opinion.
     
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    Anything that requires a threaded wheel that size is definitely better. Curled prints looking at it will flatten in fear! :w00t:

    http://www.accentart.ca/drytac_2525.html
     
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    Brian

    I also use a Seal 210M but have no experience with other presses other than lower-cost press, Calumet sold for a while. I like the Seal but don't like how the nuts, holding the linkage arms together, come lose all the time.
     
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    And if they don't, you just drive over them using your pick-up truck, after all, you are already holding the steering wheel! :laugh:
     
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    Can't you replace them with locknuts?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Locknut
     
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    Sounds like either the wrong sort of nuts got on the press or the nylon locking insert has been worn from much assembly/disassembly.

    Stop nuts are available at most hardware and auto-parts stores. The ones on my press resemble:
    http://www.imperialinc.com/items.asp?item=0421080
     
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    The best dry mount press is the one somebody gives you. Barring that I'd go with a Seal 210M or a 500, if you can find one used.
     
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    Thanks guys. I'm keeping an eye out for a used Seal 210 M.
     
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    Marco and Nicholas

    You guys must have a different press design from mine. First, the nuts on my press are very thin (1/8") to clear the press when opening or closing the press. They look like specialty nuts. The nuts you guys posted would not fit this press. Second, they are definitely not locking nuts. I've never seen locking nuts this thin. If you like, I can post a picture.

    I considered using lock-tight, but I am afraid to ruin the threads or the nuts.
     
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    I have a 210M and used another at my last job, great machines. Be patient and you'll find one cheap.

     
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    You guys have any idea what a good price to pay for a used 210M in good shape?
     
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    Not sure about prices, but you might also find it under the name "Bienfang". Some time ago I think that is what Seal became. I bought a new Masterpiece 160M (smaller version of 210M) three years ago and it is called Bienfang, not Seal, although it is still made in U.S.A. Same story for Seal dry mount tissue etc.
     
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    Should be possible at $350-400 or less, if patient.

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    Thanks guys, I'm officially on the lookout.
     
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    Dear Ralph;
    use a drop of 5min epoxy. It comes in two tiny tubes and costs about $5. To remove, just heat with a match till the cured epoxy is soft, about ten seconds, then unscrew and you can remove any residue with a pin.
    Denise Libby
     
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    there are thin profile self-locking nuts, you can find them from any aircraft hardware supplier. Try Wicks or Aircraft Spruce.
     
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    Thanks for the tips.

    I wondered if it would it work to carefully hit the nut with a hammer, making it slightly oval? That should provide self-locking characteristics.
     
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    Search the goodwill auction website. There's one in Eugene ending in three days.
     
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    Unfortunately, only junk on eBay.
     
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    Well, it's not on ebay. It's on the Goodwill auction.
     
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    Was understood, just saying 'go for it' because there is nothing worthwhile on eBay.
     
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    Ah, I see. Alles klar