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Do our button machines have interchangeable dies?

The question I am most frequently asked is, "Do the button machines we offer have interchangeable dies?"

The answer is, no they don't.

While the thought of having a button machine with interchangeable dies might seem like a cost effective solution for someone who is just getting started, there are two main reasons why it wouldn't be as good an idea as it might seem.

These reasons are price and time. Allow me to explain.

The most expensive part of our well-built, manually operated button machinea are their dies. The tooling necessary to create these precision steel dies is costly. The rest of the machine is basic bar stock.

If you were able to purchase a second set of dies, it would be almost as expensive as a second machine.

And if you had a button machine that had a single base, but two sets of interchangeable dies, you could only make one size button at a time. However, with two machines (and a little help), you could make both sizes at the same time. Or make both sizes in two separate locations.

This might not be important when you are first getting started, but once your business starts growing, I guarantee you, it will be!

The other reason is the time factor that would be involved in going back and forth between the different size dies whenever you wanted to make the other size. Imagine how frustrating it would be if you had to spend 5 or 10 minutes changing the dies on your button machine, just to make one or two sample buttons, and then have to spend another 5 or 10 minutes going back to the size you were previously making!

While interchangeable dies sounds like a good idea, I think you'll agree it's not quite as good an idea as it might have seemed.

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