SHOULD I BUY A NEW PRESS OR A USED PRESS?
You need to be EXTREMELY CAREFUL when purchasing new AND used presses!
Used presses are rarely a good option. Most people covet outdated American or Italian-built presses such as Atom, Samco, USM, or Schwabe, but all of these American and Italian press manufacturers went out of business about 9 years ago. These machines have been bought, sold, and stripped for parts for years now, and now there are no longer parts or support available for the machines.
Nearly all new machines on the market are cheap and unsupported Chinese-built machines. Distributors of these machines include Manufacturer’s Supplies Company, CJRTec, and Solar Leather (Cowboy Clickers). Over 40% of these machines are damaged in shipping or broken down within 6 months of operation.
WHAT ARE SOME COMMON MISTAKES WHEN PURCHASING?
SHIPPING, SHIPPING, SHIPPING
These machines are extremely top heavy and will definitely tip over if you choose the cheapest shipping options. A lot of other companies that sell these presses won’t even touch shipping because it is so precarious. Most companies are so concerned with the sale, that they give little thought to what happens afterward. That is why the American Clicker Press Co. offers the option to purchase guaranteed shipping. We know the ins and outs of the shipping process and can guarantee these presses arrive upright and undamaged.
Make sure you have a solid understanding of your facility’s power requirements BEFORE PURCHASING. Make sure you have the correct Voltage (in the correct legs), Phase requirement, HZ, and amperage considerations. These considerations often go beyond “we need 3 Phase, 220V”, or “we need 3 phase 480V”. Our engineers will be happy to talk with you about these requirement, to make sure you get it right the first time.
BUYING AN UNSUPPORTED MACHINE
Make sure that the company you are buying from has proper access to replacement parts. Most companies selling Chinese machines claim to have replacement parts in stock, but are often “out of stock at the moment”. This is because they can never track the need for parts at any given time, and have to order it from their manufacturer which takes about 30 days minimum. Yet another benefit of American-made presses is we can overnight in-stock parts, and get our hands on parts quickly if they are out of stock.
BUYING A LOUSY WARRANTY
Make sure to investigate if the company can actually follow through on warranty service. Many companies are “over-extended” on warranties. This means, they have sold so many machines of so many different types, and models, that they cannot provide timely or accurate service. They are often looking for every excuse not to follow through. Many companies include impossible or cost-prohibitive fine-print requirement in their contracts (such as a requirement to install a 4-view full perimeter HD camera system to monitor machine use). We believe this isn’t fair to our customers, and we have made every effort to make sure the warranty is simple, straightforward, and that qualification is easily attainable.
WHAT KIND OF INFORMATION DO I NEED TO PLACE AN ORDER?
The main three things that you will need to know when you order are:
How much tonnage do you require?
What are the dimensions of your largest die?
What are your facility’s power requirements?
HOW DO I FIGURE OUT HOW MUCH TONNAGE I NEED?
We are always happy to provide you with some information based on our previous experience. (For example, we can let you know that you’re not going to get away with cutting full-hide leather on a 10 ton press… Long term at least). You may make your decisions based off of this information, but most people require a little more certainty before purchase.
This is why we always recommend sending in your die and test materials, so that we can test them on all three machine sizes. We will provide you with video taped results and advise on the best path forward. We provide this complimentary service because after all is said and done, it is the simplest solution for you and us.
It definitely is possible to calculate the tonnage without test cutting, but the equation is extremely complicated. With all of the time it takes to communicate back and forth and educate on each line item, it’s nearly always quicker overall to just pack it up and mail it.