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This has been a great thread, I'm glad I saw it. I just wanted to add my experience to the mix.

I called last week, spoke with David and ordered the "Sylvia" deal. wihin 2 days I had the press, 8mm double round rivet die, ligne20 and ligne 24 ring snap dies. I passed on the rivets because I prefer solid copper or stainless steel. The press worked great for both the rivets and the ss snaps I use, until Monday morning, while setting a snap I managed to break the press in half. The bottom part where the anvil slides in snapped off. Now I dont know if maybe I pressed too hard or if the thing leaned forward as I pressed ( I didnt have it bolted down yet). Right away I started trying to figure out a way to fix it, when I thought maybe I should call Goldstar and see what my options where. Well, within 5 minutes of calling they had another press on the way, no questions asked, well, she did ask me to send a picture of the broken press. I called Monday, before noon and have my new press ( its Wednesday) sitting on my kitchen table, waiting for me to bolt it down to my workbench this time. It seems to me Goldstar Tool is a great company to deal with. Their customer service was great and they gave me no hassle at all before sending out another press. They didnt even ask me to return the broken one. I'll be ordering some more dies from them soon and will be going through their catalog to ake sure there's nothing else I need. Great company in my opinion.

So nice to hear they took care of you. I bolted mine down right away and haven't had an issue with it. But I don't go all "Kong" on mine either. lol

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So I've been reading through this thread and I saw a post that this hand press may not be compatible with Tandy hardware. That would seem weird if it couldn't handle their, for example, Ligne 20 snaps-- I thought that was standard. I have ordered from several places in the past including Ohio Travel Bag, Buckleguy, etc. Has anyone had success using rivets, snaps, grommets, etc from other companies or am I locked into their hardware? I didn't really see that they sold solid brass or stainless steel hardware, nor do I want to throw away the stuff I have already bought along the way. Anyone have any experience with this? Surely not everyone is using the same hardware with this hand press. Thanks in advance!

I have personal experience and full on annoyance with this. Turns out Tandy's Ligne 20s are smaller by at least one millimeter and the result is a crushed cap or ring. I have other Ligne 24's that came from Lord knows where that work fine... haven't had much trouble with Tandy ligne 24s either. I guess in your case it's measure to see if it will fit. Or just try them on scrap.

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I have personal experience and full on annoyance with this. Turns out Tandy's Ligne 20s are smaller by at least one millimeter and the result is a crushed cap or ring. I have other Ligne 24's that came from Lord knows where that work fine... haven't had much trouble with Tandy ligne 24s either. I guess in your case it's measure to see if it will fit. Or just try them on scrap.

That sucks. But I guess not that surprising. But I guess this will be the risk of any hand press / die system. Thank you for the input. This one is at the top of my list.

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This has been a great thread, I'm glad I saw it. I just wanted to add my experience to the mix.

I called last week, spoke with David and ordered the "Sylvia" deal. wihin 2 days I had the press, 8mm double round rivet die, ligne20 and ligne 24 ring snap dies. I passed on the rivets because I prefer solid copper or stainless steel. The press worked great for both the rivets and the ss snaps I use, until Monday morning, while setting a snap I managed to break the press in half. The bottom part where the anvil slides in snapped off. Now I dont know if maybe I pressed too hard or if the thing leaned forward as I pressed ( I didnt have it bolted down yet). Right away I started trying to figure out a way to fix it, when I thought maybe I should call Goldstar and see what my options where. Well, within 5 minutes of calling they had another press on the way, no questions asked, well, she did ask me to send a picture of the broken press. I called Monday, before noon and have my new press ( its Wednesday) sitting on my kitchen table, waiting for me to bolt it down to my workbench this time. It seems to me Goldstar Tool is a great company to deal with. Their customer service was great and they gave me no hassle at all before sending out another press. They didnt even ask me to return the broken one. I'll be ordering some more dies from them soon and will be going through their catalog to ake sure there's nothing else I need. Great company in my opinion.

Out of curiosity, what is your source for the SS snaps and rivets that are compatible with this press? I am about to order and may pick up some more rivets and snaps as well--but I also prefer stainless steel. Thanks in advance!

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I am about to place my order here and got to thinking.

A single additional Die set costs $30.

The deal is for the press, three die sets, and 100 pack of rivets costs $90.

If you need three additional die sets, it is literally cheaper to buy an additional "deal".

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I just called and brokered my deal. Deal price changed last month. It is now at $99.96.

1. Machine.

2. Dies

  • Ligne 20 snap
  • 8mm Double Cap
  • 3mm hole punch that will work for ligne 20 and 8mm double cap (no more hammering those!)

3. 100 Brass Double Caps

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Has anyone found any other supplier's snaps that work well with this setter? I tried Ohio Travel Bag's ligne 20 and the cap got stuck in the die.  Just wanted to see if there are other options out there. 

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I thought I read someone had issues with ligne 20 snaps from Tandy.  Maybe I'm mistaken.  I'm just looking for other potential alternatives to goldstartools snaps.

 

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7 minutes ago, Petro49er said:

I thought I read someone had issues with ligne 20 snaps from Tandy.  Maybe I'm mistaken.  I'm just looking for other potential alternatives to goldstartools snaps.

 

You did read that correctly.  When I originally got my machine the ligne 20 snaps didn't work.  But that was over 2 years ago so Tandy may have corrected the problem.  Just after starting leather craft some kind soul sent me a big ol' bag of snaps... I'm talking like 500 or more.  I won't have to buy any for years. (thanks again kind soul.... whoever you are)   I suggest you buy a small pack of Tandy's and see if they work on your machine.  

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Thanks Sylvia.  I thought I had.  And thanks for setting up this whole setup with goldstar.  I tried contacting Buckleguy to see if I could buy a small quantity to test with my press and they wouldn't allow me to do so.  I've also only had issues with ligne 20 from Ohio Travel Bag.  I had no ligne 24 to test with.  All that said, the ones from Goldstar work fine; it's just nice to have options.

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@Petro49er I would also add that the quality with Tandy seems to be hit-or-miss, so as @sylvia suggested, you might have to do some experimenting.

I don't use snaps often, but the ones I do use were purchased from Tandy about 6 months ago. Both ligne 20 and ligne 24 work fine for me. 

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Anyone know if the double cap rivet die will work for multiple sizes of double cap rivets (6mm, 7mm, etc.)?

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I just called and brokered my deal. Deal price changed last month. It is now at $99.96.

1. Machine.

2. Dies

  • Ligne 20 snap
  • 8mm Double Cap
  • 3mm hole punch that will work for ligne 20 and 8mm double cap (no more hammering those!)

3. 100 Brass Double Caps

 

Can you please tell me where you brokered this deal? I'm looking for a handpress that will fit many sizes. Thanks! 

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The deal is found at Goldstartool.com  call them and ask for the "Sylvia Leather" deal.   Since this deal was originally set up a few years ago it may indeed be 99.99 or so.  But considering that Tandy charges over $200 for the machine and $100 for the dies I think this is a great deal.  

On 4/7/2016 at 9:16 AM, robb01 said:

Anyone know if the double cap rivet die will work for multiple sizes of double cap rivets (6mm, 7mm, etc.)?

The dies are sized for the rivets.  That said you could probably use a 7mm one to set a 6mm rivet, but considering the dies are so cheap,  I recommend that you get the correct size.  

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On 4/27/2016 at 5:16 PM, Sylvia said:

The deal is found at Goldstartool.com  call them and ask for the "Sylvia Leather" deal.   Since this deal was originally set up a few years ago it may indeed be 99.99 or so.  But considering that Tandy charges over $200 for the machine and $100 for the dies I think this is a great deal.  

The dies are sized for the rivets.  That said you could probably use a 7mm one to set a 6mm rivet, but considering the dies are so cheap,  I recommend that you get the correct size.  

Sylvia -- you just saved me so much money. I have a very old Stimpson 489 (American made) that I broke over the weekend (got a die stuck, warped the housing upon removal) that I needed to replace. Also moving cross-country in a few months so wanted to downsize. I'd been researching all afternoon and came across this thread -- happy to say David is still honoring the Sylvia deal -- ran me $99 for the green machine, and he let me build my own combination of dies (I chose his spring snap ligne 20, ring snap 24, and double cap rivet 8mm). I work almost exclusively with Ohio Travel Bag snaps and will update this post once I have tried to set them with my new setter. Back up plan is to buy the individual dies from OTB (around $30 per die!) for the buttons if needed (someone else mentioned they got the buttons stuck in Goldstar's die). Thanks again! 

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On 5/9/2017 at 3:09 PM, qlthreadhead said:

Sylvia -- you just saved me so much money. I have a very old Stimpson 489 (American made) that I broke over the weekend (got a die stuck, warped the housing upon removal) that I needed to replace. Also moving cross-country in a few months so wanted to downsize. I'd been researching all afternoon and came across this thread -- happy to say David is still honoring the Sylvia deal -- ran me $99 for the green machine, and he let me build my own combination of dies (I chose his spring snap ligne 20, ring snap 24, and double cap rivet 8mm). I work almost exclusively with Ohio Travel Bag snaps and will update this post once I have tried to set them with my new setter. Back up plan is to buy the individual dies from OTB (around $30 per die!) for the buttons if needed (someone else mentioned they got the buttons stuck in Goldstar's die). Thanks again! 

I am glad David was able to help you.  I've been happy with both of my machines.  I bought one and he gave me one.  Most recently I got a serious electric cutting tool.  It can cut 10oz HO saddle leather like NOTHING... only thing is it doesn't do curves.  But If I need a straight line... it's awesome and it self sharpens!! (a huge deal for me.)

check it out. https://goldstartool.com/Electric_rotary_cutter_4_inch_RSD-100.html

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