Dar et al,
I do think it would be great if there were another press on the market, possibly something like a low-end Bonny Doon press, instead of the deep draw press being entry-level. But I also understand the need to have any 20 ton hydraulic press to be built a certain way with certain strength requirements, and that aint cheap to do. So this may be a fantasy, but maybe not.
Your wish has come true! We have been working on creating an
inexpensive 12 ton press and are currently producing them as I write
this note. The design and engineering of this new press started with
a few important parameters. It primarily has to be strong and resist
flex, it has to be capable of blanking, forming with urethane, and
light embossing. It also has to be very affordable, and light weight
so it can be easily moved around a workshop or around the country,
and it has to be able to use current Bonny Doon Tooling.
We met all of these requirements with one exception, the new
Synclastic Bracelet forming dies will not work due to the height of
the dies. Deep-drawing will be tedious when compared with the MKIII
20 ton tall press due to the 6" gap between platens.
The great news, it is available for $695, the same price as the
screw press, and will include two acrylic spacers and kevlar platen
protectors. We’re calling it the Bonny Doon Lite.
As soon as we have the images back from the photographers I’ll post
them on the forum.