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Looking for recommendations on a tip press.
Pressing a tip is sorta like a pre-loading....compressing the tip to a consistancy that would be like the tip had been played for a few weeks already before you install it. Less mushrooming, and more consistent as the tip wears down. Some wet it with water, others soak them in milk, and others just press it dry.What exactly is a tip press for? Making a tip? Hardening a tip? Sorry just wondering lol
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I would't be so categorical. There are a lot of factors to consider ... no need to start making a list of them.Buy a quality tip and forget the gimmicks. JMO
The picone works well, comes in 13 and 14mm versions. You can press dry, or milkduds are dead easy and don't let anyone tell you there is voodoo involved for milkduds. Basically warm the milk in the microwave, not boiling, then toss the tip in, I use elkmaster. You only need like 3/4" of whole milk in a small jar, I use an old pimento cheese spread jar if you're familiar with those. Let the tips soak, just toss them in before you go to bed, you can put it in the fridge if you plan on using the milk multiple times so it doesn't rot. Next morning or evening, whatever, it really doesn't matter, take the tip out of the milk and rinse it off under the sink. Dab the surface water off with a paper towel. Next put it in the press and press it using a c clamp or whatever type of vise you want. You can play with whatever pressure or size you want. I aim to compress them a little smaller than stock if I want a medium. I like hard tips so I crank a 4" c-clamp as hard as I can by hand. Let them sit in the press, I usually do it overnight. Take the tip out and sit it on a paper towel and let it dry naturally.Looking for recommendations on a tip press.
Uhh.... what?I would't be so categorical. There are a lot of factors to consider ... no need to start making a list of them.
Well I'll just mention one of them...there is a big difference to live, work building cues whatsoever in the USA (for example) and in Ukraine where I live with all ensuing circumstances.
I do have some experience in this sport I love...remember the things and life 20 years ago, 10 years ago, nowadays...know the difference and trying to foresee...
So everyone makes his own decisions based on his circumstaces... in addition there is no gimmicks about some pretty simple tasks).
I think the pictures are of a Picone Tip press. If not a Picone, is very similar. I buy mine from pooldawg8 Jeff he does a good consistent job of the tips. And I think for a very good price. Never had any issues with his tips either. Save me messing around etc.I've made similar out of phenolic and using jaw vice for pressing. Works well for me. There are also some other options available.
That is one of the things I've meant in my second post in this thread (#7) when I said about circumstances...I think the pictures are of a Picone Tip press. If not a Picone, is very similar. I buy mine from pooldawg8 Jeff he does a good consistent job of the tips. And I think for a very good price. Never had any issues with his tips either. Save me messing around etc.