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#1 Luke Hatley

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 06:36 PM

have any of you fine folks used or is using the Arbor Press from Harbor Frieght
to emboss 3-d stamps with? and were you satisified with it ?
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Posted 08 July 2010 - 12:17 PM

I use an Arbor Press for a lot of my stamping work. It works great for stamps that must stay vertical all the time. I use mine regularly for anything from setting snaps and rivets to punching holes. Looking at the press at Harbor Freight you would probably need a flat base under the pressing arm instead of the slotted one for leatherwork.

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 10:13 AM

How would I modify the Harbor Freight arbor pressto stamp? The press looks like it has a flat, square foot.

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 05:45 PM

I've heard of someone who took the foot to a machine shop and drilled a hole big enough and deep enough for a stamping handle to be inserted held in place with a set screw.

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 05:58 PM

I milled a slot in the ram for my makers stamp and it is secured by two set screws.I use this for my knives and my leather.Dave

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 01:10 PM

Some great ideas here. I was at Harbor Freight yesterday. Had to take a rain check. But he 1/2 ton arbor was on sale for $32.99. Great deal. They gave me rain check and a 20% discount coupon.

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 04:14 AM

have any of you fine folks used or is using the Arbor Press from Harbor Frieght
to emboss 3-d stamps with? and were you satisified with it ?



Hi Luke
I have tried and wasn't too thrilled with the results...
The best impressions I ever got were after holding the handle down and hitting it with a rubber mallet about 25 - 30 times.
:smashcomp: <------Pretend that is an Arbor Press under the hammer

I have a clicker now, and that solved my problems...... If didn't have a clicker, I think I would look into getting a small shop press that run's on air pressure.

How about you? Do you have any tricks to make it work for small 3-D stamps?

Edited by LNLeather, 22 August 2010 - 04:27 AM.

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 06:56 AM

Hi Luke
I have tried and wasn't too thrilled with the results...
The best impressions I ever got were after holding the handle down and hitting it with a rubber mallet about 25 - 30 times.
:smashcomp: <------Pretend that is an Arbor Press under the hammer

I have a clicker now, and that solved my problems...... If didn't have a clicker, I think I would look into getting a small shop press that run's on air pressure.

How about you? Do you have any tricks to make it work for small 3-D stamps?


I did buy the 1/2 ton press and i am not pleased wirh the results with printing the 3-d
stamps.
It seems like i am getting 1-1 pressure , mabey i should bought the 1-Ton press.
imight need a longer arm to pull down.
What i wanted to use it for was embossing plates that i have had for a while.
so not print the 3-d stamps,nor the embossing plates like i thought it should
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Posted 22 August 2010 - 08:25 AM

I did buy the 1/2 ton press and i am not pleased wirh the results with printing the 3-d
stamps.
It seems like i am getting 1-1 pressure , mabey i should bought the 1-Ton press.
imight need a longer arm to pull down.
What i wanted to use it for was embossing plates that i have had for a while.
so not print the 3-d stamps,nor the embossing plates like i thought it should


How about a press from Tandy?!?!?!:rolleyes2: lol
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Posted 22 August 2010 - 08:29 AM

I did buy the 1/2 ton press and i am not pleased wirh the results with printing the 3-d
stamps.
It seems like i am getting 1-1 pressure , mabey i should bought the 1-Ton press.
imight need a longer arm to pull down.
What i wanted to use it for was embossing plates that i have had for a while.
so not print the 3-d stamps,nor the embossing plates like i thought it should



Hi Luke

Just from my (limited) experience, using the Arbor press (and any emboss plate that is bigger than the 3-D stamps) will surely not make your leather look like you expect it to. You will not get a good impression.

I have a 700 Clicker, and using an emboss plate on cased leather - I hold the press in the down position and count from 15 to 30 before I let it up. It would be nearly impossible to get that kind of pressure from an Arbor press.

I learned how to use the emboss plates when I bought them... The emboss plates that are sold by Duckcreektraders on ebay (Bunkhouse Leather), and are larger than about 1 1/2 inches in diameter, come with instructions that say something like this.......
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"This sample was made using a 12 ton hydraulic shop press. This plate measures about 2 1/4" x 3 1/8". It is not a hammer stamp and should be pressed in using a hydraulic press, clicker press, or a shop press like we do and the pressure plate should cover the entire top of the plate ."

I think you might want something larger than an Arbor Press - if your emboss plates are larger than the 3-D stamps.

My Arbor Press sits unused on the bench....... so far a waste of my money....

Best of luck

Edited by LNLeather, 22 August 2010 - 08:56 AM.

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 01:29 PM

"I wished i knew then....What i know now"
where did you get the 700 Clicker ?
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Posted 22 August 2010 - 06:04 PM

"I wished i knew then....What i know now"
where did you get the 700 Clicker ?




Oh Yeah, You Said It!
I just wish I had found LEATHERWORKER.NET sooner...


OK, I have a Tippmann Clicker 700, They advertise right up there at the top of the page... and right now it costs less than it did when I bought mine!

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and to run it I have a Craftsman Air Compressor

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BTW - I was able to buy the Clicker at the time - with my severance pay when I was layed off
because the company I worked for on Vashon... moved all the "Production line" to China....
.....and then I figured it would probably be a good thing to learn a new trade...


I love the Clicker because you can use it for so many things. and it is very user friendly and fast. I use it for empress plates and cutting dies. Tippmann also has a die making service and they will make any die for you - with your specifications.

I think, it just depends on what you want to do with your leather. Cutting perfect circles is not my idea of fun and with the Clicker I can cut hundreds of coasters out of 9-10 oz leather and have the least bit of waste possible out of a hide... I just don't have the (cutting) skills down like a lot of the incredibly talented folks here... so much to learn...


Now If I just waned a Press for Emboss Plates, I would ask the folks at Duckcreektraders what Shop Press they use or recommend. They are happy to answer questions and are Really Super folks. Yup, You can tell I am a Happy Customer of theirs....

I also just got my new catalog and noticed that Harbor Freight has different Shop Presses at reasonable prices.


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Posted 19 September 2010 - 06:44 PM

Hey Luke, Harbor Frieght has a 6 ton bottle press that mounts on a table or bench for $89.95 and if you have the room a 12 ton floor model for about $129. I think both are spring return, for more speed in recycling. I don't know if this will help but I hope so. One thing too is you have to get some thick plate for the base and fix a jig for the ram side. Simple things for old hounds like us. Billy P
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Posted 19 September 2010 - 09:57 PM

Hi Luke - If you are still interested......

I had written to Duckcreektraders to get their recommendation and this is what they sent....
They recommended 2 from Harbor Freight.

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Harbor Freight Item # 1666
Only $89.99

and also
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Harbor Freight Item #33497
Only $139.00
Sale $129.00

I also found this one 12 Ton Shop Press at Amazon for $119.00
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If I was going to get one of these I would look for feed back and also check what the shipping charges are.

Ray Tipton from Duckcreektraders says "We use a 12 ton shop press but if you don't need to do anything
much bigger than half a wallet or such a matter a smaller one would work" He also sent me this

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Shop Press Instructions




Edited by LNLeather, 19 September 2010 - 10:39 PM.

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 10:07 PM

I've seen people use these shop presses before for die cutting of leather but for stamping purposes, how would you know when you have enough pressure on the leather?

Damon





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