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Mounting Equipment Reccomendations

Stephen Enggass

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Looking for suggestions/recommendations for mounting presses. I love the way the DryTac hgp260 works from videos I've watched, but the cost is something else.
What are some other options you are all using for me to look into? Pros/Cons? I am new to this so any ideas greatly appreciated!
Thanks,
Steve
 

snafu

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I use a vacuum press similar to this one
It works great and it's an inexpensive way to mount

cons: you have to be careful mounting thin art like news paper, depending on the adhesive it can warp the mounting board,
 

prospero

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I got a secondhand 260 last year, (At the right price) to replace my old Ademco which I had been
nursing for years. Beautiful machine. The hardest part was paying two big lads 100GBP to move it
from my car 30ft into my workshop. It's built like a tank. 😀
 

Stephen Enggass

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So can someone explain the difference between Seal Masterpiece, Bienfang, D&K Expression etc? Are they the same company? What are the preffered industry brands?
 

shayla

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Wendy is a great resource. She can be e-mailed at Wendy.Harris, followed by @dkgroup.net. Also, good for mounting advice.

Two great resources, for mounting advice and much more, are Chris Paschke's site and article library, and the FrameTek website.
Her site is found at designsinkart, followed by .com. The Frame Tek site is here: https://frametek.com/

As for mounting, whatever you do, it's wise to steer clear of spray adhesives. They're bad for both art and the human body.
 
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neilframer

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So can someone explain the difference between Seal Masterpiece, Bienfang, D&K Expression etc? Are they the same company? What are the preffered industry brands?
They are all the same equipment under different names at different times.
We have a DryTac 360 and a Bienfang 4468H.
Both presses can mount 40"x60" (or slightly larger) and both are heat/vacuum presses.
We also have a very large cold mount roller press that can mount on 48" x 96" board

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The DryTac 360 has a glass top and the Bienfang 4468H doesn't but they both work about the same and are both programmable for time, temp, etc.
We had to replace the gas struts and the temp sensor on the DryTac 360 last year but it was just something that was due based on age and time used.
It took about 4 of us to remove one of the glass panels on that press to replace the temp sensor but it all went well.
I'm a mechanical nerd and I can fix almost anything that is broken.:cool:
 
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wpfay

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A heated vacuum press is probably the most versatile, though they do take up some space in the shop*. You can mount and laminate, like other systems, but you can also mount and deboss fabric to make fabric covered mats. That's something a roller press or a mechanical dry mount press isn't designed to do.
* mine, a Seal 4366M-HS, doubles as a fitting bench when not in use as a press. Seal, Elmers, Bienfang, all the same, different ages.
 

prospero

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I still have my venerable Hard Bed press which I do use on occasion.

It does have one advantage over a vac press: I can mount things up to 48" wide an (theoretically) unlimited length using 'bites'.
It is a long-winded process however, but the capability is there. 🙂
 

Rick Granick

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I still have a very old Seal Masterpiece 500. (Not the frog eyes, but one of the earliest versions of the newer design with the black box across the top.) I used to hate dry mounting with tissue, but now with KoolTack and MountCore, it is no problem.
:cool: Rick
 

Ylva

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I might be the only one here, but I don’t have a mounting press. I do have a laminator that I don’t use at all.

I rarely have things needing to be drymounted. If needed, I use the perfectmount boards from Crescent. I bought a few sheets 10 years ago and I still have over half of it.
I frame mostly original art and objects.
 
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Tammy Loveall

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Nov 14, 2018
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Looking for suggestions/recommendations for mounting presses. I love the way the DryTac hgp260 works from videos I've watched, but the cost is something else.
What are some other options you are all using for me to look into? Pros/Cons? I am new to this so any ideas greatly appreciated!
Thanks,
Steve
 

Tammy Loveall

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Nov 14, 2018
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We have a local printing company that mounts art directly onto foam core for very little expense. This has helped my process. Maybe check out some of your local companies to ask if they do. Good luck!
 
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