Dr. Don's Buttons
for button parts,
& button-making machines."
For a feature by feature comparison
Model 225 button machine
against all four of the
Badge a Minit's 2-1/4" button machines, click here.
There are 7 good reasons why
like our button parts better
than what you get from
Badge a Minit.
Click here to learn
what they are.
the Operation of Various Button Machines
there was one bit of advice I would give anyone who was looking
to buy a button machine, it would be that you should know that
not all button machines work in the same manner.
machines are easy to operate (ours are), while some other machines
that are on the market are not.
And believe me, looks can be deceiving!
because one machine looks something like another doesn't mean
it operates as easily, or that it can produce the same number
of buttons per hour.
before purchasing any button machine, whether it's one of ours,
or someone elses, you really should learn what it takes to operate
way you'll better understand what the machine can... and cannot
by all means, make certain the company that sells you the machine
offers a money-back guarantee (we do). That way, if you aren't
happy with your purchase, you can return it.
watch out for "re-stocking fees" . Some companies charge
as much as 20% of the purchase price as a re-stocking fee if
you want to return their machine.
Dr. Don's Buttons we never charge re-stocking fees, so if for
any reason you weren't completely satisfied with one of our machines,
you can return it and not pay a re-stocking fee.
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follows are two notices issued by Badge-A- Minit, one of our
better known competitors.
The instructions that describe how the Badge-a-Minit hand press
is operated was taken verbatim from Badge-a-Minit's own newsletter,
Button Talk (Button Talk, Fall 1998).
article, entitled "The Red Ring Holds the Key!",
starts out by saying that making buttons with a Badge-A- Minit
hand press is "truly a simple process".
reading it, let's see if you agree.
after reading their instructions, read the instructions for operating
any of our machines and see how they compare.
better yet, watch a video of one of our button machines. Then,
decide which one you prefer.
see our Model 100, which makes 1" buttons, click here.
see the Model 225, which makes 2-1/4" buttons, click here.
To see the Model 300SX, which makes 3" buttons, click here.
To see the AC-1, our fully adjustable circle cutter, click here.
One of our customers sent me the following information
on November 14, 1999.
Red Ring Holds the Key!
"In following the steps
on how to make a button, consider this; you have already placed
your artwork into the blue ring with the gold ring secured under
the tabs on the blue ring, and have snapped it into place with
both the beige disc and gray ring using even pressure.
The next step involves the
red ring - insert the gold ring and again push straight down,
pushing it down into the gold ring. Leaving the red ring where
it is, you then flip it over and insert the button back, lining
up the pin with lines in the blue ring. You then place the green
ring in after the button back, which creates a colorful "sandwich"
of assembly rings.
This is where many of you have
trouble. When you take this "sandwich" to the hand
press to crimp everything together, remember this hint: make
sure your red ring is on top! The red ring has an indented circle
on it that is the same size as the metal tooth that comes out
of the hand press. The indent is an indicator to you of where
to line up the assembled sandwich on the press so that your buttons
will turn out beautifully after you've squeezed the press firmly
(with the sandwich inside)!
Some put the assembled "sandwich"
in upside down with green ring on top and this is wrong because
the pressure is not applied properly. Likewise, if the red ring
is on top but not centered in the indent, you can seriously damage
it by crimping in the wrong place. So the key is, to keep
the red ring on top and line up the indent with the press before
crimping and your buttons will come out looking sleek and professional!
It was a flyer she received in the mail from Badge-a-Minit.
Hint for those of you who own a Badge-a-Matic II
To those of you who currently
own our top-of-the-line electric Badge-A-Matic II system that
makes a button with literally the touch of a button, here's a
tip that can help prolong the life of your machine!
To operate the Badge-A-Matic II, you only have to load the parts
into the built-in assembly rings in the proper order, close the
lid, then push the "activate" button. However, the
instructions direct you to WAIT FIVE FULL SECONDS before
lifting the lid to eject your finished button. This time allows
the motor to slow down, come to a stop on its own, and allows
for the best operational results. It may seem like a long time,
but opening the lid too soon will wear the motor out, which will
lead to repairs and time without your machine.
We repair hundreds of Badge-A-Matic
II machines each year with this problem, and because it is primarily
due to improper operation, we cannot cover the repairs under
our lifetime guarantee.
So PLEASE, take the time to count to five once the assembly rings
have pressed together to form your finished button. You will
enjoy perfectly made finished buttons time and again, and a machine
that functions exactly as it should, producing quality buttons
with speed and ease!
BAM doesn't provide this information on their
website (at least not as of December 18, 2001)
I wonder why?
COMPARISON OF BUTTON QUALITY
While the ease of operation
is certainly important, the quality of the buttons your machine
will make is also important. To visually compare the quality
of buttons made with our
Model 225 to Badge-A-Minit handpress, click here.
for a Badge-a-Minit button machine?
Click here to see how much you
can save by purchasing your button parts from us
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3906 W. Morrow Drive, Glendale, Arizona 85308