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    Seal Masterpiece 500 T - X

    Hi Folks

    My old faithful press is in need of a tune up, I am looking for a supplier of bushings for the handles that allow the platen to press down and lift up.

    I am pretty sure Seal will not have these parts so wondering if anyone here has refurbished one of these workhorses and where they got the parts.
    Seal Masterpiece 500 T-X 26 x34 inch model
    any info is appreciated, blankets, new parts for the timer and heater.

    thanks
    Bob

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    Re: Seal Masterpiece 500 T - X

    Seal was bought out and their presses now have the 'Bienfang' brand name. IIRC their website is a bit complex but it's worth a few minutes to see if they can help.

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    Re: Seal Masterpiece 500 T - X

    Thanks Mark

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sampson View Post
    Seal was bought out and their presses now have the 'Bienfang' brand name. IIRC their website is a bit complex but it's worth a few minutes to see if they can help.

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    Re: Seal Masterpiece 500 T - X

    When my Seal 210 press needed a new switch I found parts at FramersIsland.com

    http://framersisland.com/mount-press-parts-c-39.html

    Peter

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    Re: Seal Masterpiece 500 T - X

    In this part of the world, framing wholesalers carry parts for the older Seal presses.

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    Re: Seal Masterpiece 500 T - X

    Thanks all

    I think I may have the bushings made locally and presently this looks like my best option.

    Bob

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    Re: Seal Masterpiece 500 T - X

    Do you know the dimensions (accurately)?

    Bushings are readily available from industrial suppliers, probably cheaper than from Seal and MUCH cheaper than having them custom made.

    Where are you located?

    - Leigh

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    Re: Seal Masterpiece 500 T - X

    A bearing supply house typically has a variety of bushings.

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    Re: Seal Masterpiece 500 T - X

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh View Post
    Do you know the dimensions (accurately)?

    Bushings are readily available from industrial suppliers, probably cheaper than from Seal and MUCH cheaper than having them custom made.

    Where are you located?

    - Leigh

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    Re: Seal Masterpiece 500 T - X

    The "official" parts manufacturer is here in Salt Lake City. You need to go through Beinfang to get part numbers and contact info. But at the prices they ask, it would probably be better to go to a local machine shop and have the hardware done for you.

    I have also found a couple things out about the presses through my discussions with Bienfang, who, by the way, are pretty good to deal with.

    If the red light is flickering for example on the power display telling you the head demand is on, it may mean the contact of the thermostat on the board is dirty. Usually removing the contact from the board and replacing it will improve the contact and the press will heat much quicker and maintain the heat better.

    Regards,

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