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    Best 4 Blade Money Can Buy

    I've been using single size easels. Most though use 4 blade
    easels. I think I might be missing something so have
    started shopping. The Beseler looks good but I'm
    open to suggestions. Only top notch. Dan

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    I have a Saunders 11x14 and love it!
    Built like a tank and it even survived being shipped from the US to AUS via both postal services.
    Can't think of ever living without it - 2 blades just don't so it for me any more.

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    I'll second the Saunders. I bought mine used and I've had it for close to 20 years now.

    Dan

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    Saunders are excellent.

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    Saunders. The 11x14 is my standard easel. I kept bidding for Saunders 16x20 and 20x24 - and losing. Ended up getting a Kostiner 16x20, (actually I think it's 20x20) which is fine.......but it's no Saunders.

    Bob H
    "Why is there always a better way?"

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    I agree with other posters. I've used Saunders and have a Beseler 11x14. Both are excellent. However, my 5-blade SaltHill 16x20 beats them both. Only problem is it's so big I don't use it much.

    John

    Tacoma, WA
    jtay66@gmail.com

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    Saunders V Track...Evan Clarke

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    I don't have a 4 blade easel but use Beard 2 blade easels. If their 4 blade easels are of the same standard, and I don't doubt that they are, then they will be superb.

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    I've used a standard 11x14 saunders 4 bladed easel and it was so so.
    The V-track model is the one to get. It is a precision device, but it is huge, and unusable for 8x10 prints on a straight column LPL enlarger I have. Works great under my omega D.

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    So what can you do with 4 blades that you can't do with 2?

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