Dr. Don's Buttons

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to check out our
Personalized Military
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If you think
button machines
are pretty much
all the same,
then you should see
how the Badge-A-Minit
button machines stack up
against our
Model 225
in a
feature by feature


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about the
Badge-A-Minit machines...
things they
won't tell you until
you have purchased
their machine.

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There are at least 7 reasons
why you'll like our
button-making supplies
better than what you can get
from Badge-A-Minit.

To learn what they are,

Click on any link below
to learn more about:

Badge-A-Minit's hand press

Badge-A-Minit's bench press

Dr. Don's Model 225 button machine

Badge-A-Minit's Badge-A-Matic 1
(the manually operated machine)

Badge-A-Minit's Badge-A-Matic II
(the electric machine)

 Did you know that
Badge-A-Minit 2-1/4 inch
button machines
aren't really 2-1/4 inch?

If you are new to button making,
you may not yet realize that
the button machines
produced by Badge-A-Minit
and labeled as 2-1/4", are not in fact

In reality, they produce buttons that
are 2-3/8".

The reason for pointing this out
has to do with the confusion
that this can sometimes cause.

Many people naturally assume
that 2-1/4" is 2-1/4",
and that all 2-1/4" parts would
therefore be interchangeable.

But they are not!

While we do carry a full line of
button-making supplies
that are designed to work flawlessly
in Badge-A-Minit machines,
parts designed for their machines
will not work in true 2-1/4" machines,
such as our Model 225.

And parts designed to work in our
Model 225 will not work in
BAM machines, since they would be
just a bit too small.

And while our AC-1 circle cutter,
which is fully adjustable, has the ability to
make the necessary cuts for
BAM size 2-1/4" buttons,
the BAM cutters, which are not
fully adjustable, cannot make
proper size cuts
for true 2-1/4" machines.

The cut required for true 2-1/4" machines
is 2-5/8", while the correct size cut
for the BAM 2-1/4" is 2-3/4".

Just thought you might like to know.

Taking a closer look at Badge-A-Minit's
Badge-A-Matic 1 button-making system
(their manually operated button press)

Badge-A-Matic 1 button press, circle cutter and 250 pinback button sets
(as of Jan. 2005)

The Badge-A-Matic 1 button press

The Badge-A-Matic 1 differs a great deal from the BAM hand press and BAM bench press systems.

Instead of the plastic assembly rings, the Badge-A-Matic 1 has built-in assembly rings (also known as dies) and those rings are made of aluminum.

Operating the Badge-A-Matic 1 button press

Of the four button machines Badge-A-Minit offers, the Badge-A-Matic 1 is actually their fastest.

You operate the Badge-A-Matic 1 button press by first stacking the front and back metal button parts, your artwork, and a single mylar disc (the plastic covering) within the die assembly and push down twice on the handle to press the button parts together.

Doing so takes the art and plastic covering, pulls them taut over the face of the button and tucks the excess up underneath the button. The result is much the same as how making a bed tucks the excess portion of the sheets and blankets under the mattress.

It also presses the back part of the button into front, and crimps the edges together.

To reach top speed with a manually operated button machine, you really need to secure it to a work surface to gain stability and better leverage.

Trying to operate a manual button press, like the Badge-A-Matic 1, at top speeds without being secured can cause the press to rock and tip, thus slowing the speed at which the machine can actually operate.

Yet one of the drawbacks with the Badge-A-Matic 1 button press is that Badge-A-Minit does not provide an easy way to secure it to a work surface.

Badge-A-Minit's Cut-A-Circle circle cutter

Cutting artwork for your buttons is an integral part of making buttons, so a discussion of the cutter you will use is important for full understanding of the button-making process.

Badge-A-Minit's Cut-A-Circle, which is included with the Badge-A-Matic 1 button press system priced at $379.95, is an all plastic circle cutter that has a straight-edge cutting blade.

When the blade is sharp, the cutter works quite well.

However, because you use the same part of the blade for each cut, the blade dulls quickly and needs to be replaced on a regular basis.

The cutting blade on the Badge-A-Minit's Cut-A-Circle is not re-sharpenable.

Replacement blades for the Cut-A-Circle are sold in packs of two for $3.95.

If you plan on making lots of buttons using the Cut-A-Circle circle cutter, be sure to keep extra blades on hand at all times.

Making photo buttons with the Badge-A-Matic 1 button press system

One of the biggest short comings for a button machine that costs as much as the Badge-A-Matic 1 button press does, is its inability to make professional-quality photo buttons using photographic prints, such as what you get from a photo lab.

To make a photo button, users of the Badge-A-Matic 1 button press must first change the setting on their BAM circle cutter to its second setting, which allows it to cut the photograph to the size of the "face" of the button.

By taking this step, the Badge-A-Matic 1 then doesn't have wrap the photograph over the edge and up under the button, as it does with buttons made using lighter paper.

The drawback to this procedure, however, is that the photographic image then will stop on top of the button and the button's metal edge will show.

And unless the image is trapped dead center when making the button, your photograph will sit off-center.

Return policy

As with all their machines, Badge-A-Minit offers a 30-day return policy with the Badge-A-Matic 1.

Be aware, however, that they will charge 10% of the purchase price as a re-stocking fee if you return the machine for a refund.

With the cost of the return postage, insurance, and the 10% restocking fee, it would likely cost about $50.00 to return this machine if it doesn't meet your needs.


Pro's and Con's with the Badge-A-Matic 1 button press system

Pros of the Badge-A-Matic 1 button press system

Does produce better buttons than can be made with the BAM hand press or bench press systems

Is faster and easier to operate than either the BAM hand press or bench press system

Cons of the Badge-A-Matic 1 button press system

Is the second most expensive button-making machine compared.

Does not create "professional-quality" photo buttons using photo-weight paper.

Manual Cut-A-Circle circle cutter isn't fully adjustable, and its blades must be replaced on a regular basis.

No easy way to secure the button machine to a work surface.

The 10% restocking fee and return postage make this a very expensive machine to return if you aren't satisfied.

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3906 W. Morrow Drive Glendale, Arizona 85308


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