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    What's a good dry mount press?

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Goutiere View Post
    Drytac 2525. Not standard but far better in my opinion.
    Anything that requires a threaded wheel that size is definitely better. Curled prints looking at it will flatten in fear!

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostcount View Post
    Anything that requires a threaded wheel that size is definitely better. Curled prints looking at it will flatten in fear!

    http://www.accentart.ca/drytac_2525.html
    And if they don't, you just drive over them using your pick-up truck, after all, you are already holding the steering wheel!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht View Post
    I like the Seal but don't like how the nuts, holding the linkage arms together, come lose all the time.
    Can't you replace them with locknuts?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Locknut
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    Quote Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht View Post
    I like the Seal but don't like how the nuts, holding the linkage arms together, come lose all the time.
    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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    f-Stop Timers - Enlarging Meters
    http://www.darkroomautomation.com/da-main.htm

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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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