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Anubis78 posted a topic in Leather MachineryHi everyone! I'm currently looking into getting custom cutting dies for leather in order to improve my efficiency in creating mass produced items. I initially looked at the Weaver Master Tool Mighty Wonder Hand Operated clicker, but with all the other machines that I'm having to purchase right now (ex: strap cutting machine and strap folding machine) I'm trying to keep my expenses low to stay within my budget. Something I'm considering is purchasing an hydraulic press and clicker press plates to cut down my cost. The Weaver 12 ton press is $285, but I found a few at harbor freight for $119 (possibly less with a coupon if I can find one). Now I always see mixed reviews about Harbor Freight tools ("you get what you pay for", "horrible", or "great product") so I'm looking for feedback from anyone who may have used the Harbor Freight press. The major difference I see in the presses is that the Weaver press (can be used on your work bench) doesn't take up as much space as the Harbor Freight (taller). Any feedback would be great! Also have any of you used the Weaver belt end dies or other cutting dies with a hydrolic press? Anything that I should be aware of or consider when getting custom dies made? Do the presses damage the dies at all? How long do the dies usually last?