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Old 08-07-2017, 05:35 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by RBcarving View Post
Ive had the v4 from Penn State for a long great at $30
+1. Does everything I ever needed it to do.
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I bought the Milescraft 4700, and really do like it, a lot. I mounted it to a slightly longer plywood bed, so as to afford clamping to my workbench. Like another poster, here, the only thing I wish was incorporated into it would be the ability to disassemble a pen.
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Old 09-07-2017, 04:24 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I just use my bench vice but I need to make some soft jaws for it ideally.
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Old 09-07-2017, 08:07 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I have used most of the presses mentioned here. IMHO the Woodcraft press is the class of the field by far. It allows very fine adjustments on pens like the slimline.
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Old 09-07-2017, 09:38 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Harbor Freight arbor press. I just finished a 75 pen magnetic Graduate commission and assembly was painless.
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Old 09-07-2017, 10:02 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I bought the HF arbor press and love the control. I know if the handle moves, I am moving the transmission in the pen. Can't beat it for $35-40 and takes up less space with the vertical layout.

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Old 09-13-2017, 02:09 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I was looking at the Woodcraft and PSI catalogues. There is a $30 difference with WC being the most expensive. I did use the WC press when I took a class earlier this year. I wanted to get the input from the forum members. I do have some $$$ that I could spend but want to get the most bang for the buck. Right now I have the plastic set that fits in the lathe. Had a time with one pen today. It did go together but had a bit of Oooooph to get the parts seated. Your advice is welcome. I have looked at some DIY presses and might take the plunge and build one.
I have the 60 dollar assembly press from psi and it works great. I wish they had the assembly/disassembly press when I bought it as the recovered kits from failed projects would have more than paid for the difference in price.
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Old 09-13-2017, 02:52 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Scored a pen press from a forum member. Thanks. Can't remember the brand, though.
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