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Manual Joiners

Stephen Enggass

CGF, Certified Grumble Framer
Aug 12, 2019
Probably been asked a number of times and it’s probably a Ford vs Chevy type discussion, but I’d like opinions on which direction to go... AMP U-200 or Cassese CS-1. (Uni or Cartridge?)
I’m leaning towards AMP U-200. Thoughts?
Thank you.

Joe B

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Forum Donor
Mar 29, 2008
I would go with the least expensive one and the one that have v-nails readily available in your area. I have never owned either one but I have checked both styles out at shows and I have found that both are basically the same.

If you check out a couple of used pneumatic underpinners you may find one that is in good condition and that sell for approximately the same price as the manual underpinner. If you pneumatic underpinner then I would recommend AMP hands down.


Angry Badger
Forum Support Team
Forum Donor
Sep 1, 2000
the AMP is going to have better options in getting the v-nails since the Cassese uses the proprietary cassette that you can only get from Cassese distributors.
I agree with Joe about looking for a good used pneumatic model. If your business grows at all you will outgrow the manual model fairly quickly.

Larry Peterson

PFG, Picture Framing God
Resource Provider
Apr 8, 2003
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