We are in the process of updating the website, the info you found is
out-of-date by many years. The old price of $995 was for the old
version of 20 ton tall press. Updating the tools has been our first
concern and has had our attention these last two years. The new MKIII
is quite a different press than the old press. Many times stronger
and more consistent results, fully gusseted, and now they are
powder-coated for a longer lasting finish. The price increase is
mainly due to the new design additions, the decline of the dollar,
the increases in the cost of steel and shipping, not unlike
everything else from food to fuel. We recently designed a 12 ton
Bonny Doon Lite press which sells for $695 and does just about
everything the MKIII does with the exception of deep-drawing and the
latest bracelet formers. It is made using high tensile-strength
aluminum and steel and consequently is very light but incredibly
strong! Not to be compared to hardware store steel and aluminum.
The Bonny Doon Lite is designed to be used by beginners, hobbyists,
and those wanting a more portable unit such as traveling instructors.
The MKIII is designed for the professional jeweler that needs plenty
of versatility, with it’s ability to use all of the current Bonny
Doon tooling with deep-draw capabilities up to cup and small bowl
sizes. We recently designed and are currently producing a 25 ton
Bonny Doon Pro for those needing accuracy measured in millionths of
an inch, ideal for two part conforming dies, and is also more capable
of deep-draw longer tubes than the MKIII.
The 50 ton Mokume press is engineered similar to the MKIII and can
cold or hot forge mokume billets or any application where high forces
are required such as coining. The largest press is the Volume and
Form Press which can take an 18" disc of silver/gold and form it into
a bowl 12" across.
I hope this helps you to make a sound purchase that will last you
many years. All Boony Doon tools and press frames are made here in
the US with the highest attention to quality and longevity.
G. Phil Poirier
PS, I always recommend taking at least one class with well known
hydraulic forming instructors such as Cindy Eid, Jack Berry, David
Reynolds, David Anderson and Anne Larson.