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Tuner Bushing Press

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Tuner Bushing Press

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Don't use a hammer!
Use this press for damage-free bushing installation and removal.

A fine instrument deserves care—our Tuner Bushing Press is the right tool for installing press-fit tuner bushings. Its steady controlled pressure helps protect the peghead finish, for a clean, professional looking job. It removes the bushings too, even stubborn bushings in counterbored pegholes.

    Improved!
  • See-through protective sleeve for bushing removal (no working blindly)
  • Clear protective peghead caul works with multiple bushing sizes

This convenient handheld tool was developed by Todd Sams here in our shop, and works with most major brands of guitar and mandolin tuning machines.

Best of all, it removes the bushings too!
Even stubborn bushings in counterbored pegholes can be removed easily and without damage, thanks to an adjustable expanding pin that grips the bushing from the inside.

Protects against serious peghead damage
As tight-fitting bushings come out of the peghead face, they often cause chips of dry wood and lacquer to pop up around the peghole. This is a well-known problem, and our Bushing Press protects against it in two ways:
1. Bushings are eased out gradually, without hammering.
2. We provide a clear protective caul that surrounds the bushing on the peghead face, holding the finish down as the bushing slides out.

    Included with the Tuner Bushing Press:
  • Brass pins for installing and removing bushings
  • Caul for protecting the peghead face
  • Allen wrench
  • Instructions


Instructions

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Tuner Bushing Press Instructions

An overview of how to install and remove tuner bushings with the Tuner Bushing Press.

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1.0

Awkward tool...disappointed

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Really difficult to handle and easier to mar the finish with this thing slipping than just driving them in with a hammer. Not bad for removing bushings, but too much money for not enough tool. I heat the bushings with a soldering iron and press them in with my closed drill press chuck. Works smooth every time.

4.0

Good product, works as advertised, but with a learning curve

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I initially thought this product was a little gimmicky until I practiced with it for an afternoon on a beater neck. The instructions are pretty poorly written, so you have to read in between the lines. Beyond the instructions, I'd suggest making sure the neck is firmly held down via clamp/caul etc. in order to use this press/vise. You need both hands free to position the top and bottom attachments correctly, and if you are trying to simultaneously hold the headstock steady with half a free hand, I guarantee one of the swing attachments will fling loose at the worst possible moment and possibly scratch or dent your finish. You do have to kind of guide the top press each time you squeeze to keep it centered; otherwise it tends to push the bushing in a little off 90 deg unless you have it perfectly centered on the top and bottom of the hole - which may be possible with practice but very difficult for a beginner. Lastly I'd recommend taping or gluing some soft foam to the bottom anvil - it's hard plastic and it seems like it could scratch your finish pretty easily. So overall it's a little klugey, but with a little practice it works fine. There are plenty of other ways to press in bushings successfully (and much less expensive!), so I wouldn't say this is a "must have", but it works well for my needs.

3.0

It works, but...

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Yes, it works and did the job, however, to use it was not as smooth as I expected from a quality StewMac tool.
Issues:
- The grip is very uncomfortable. I have small hands and with the jaws open for starting I almost couldn't have a firm grip on it because it was way to wide. With slightly curved grip maybe...?
- I used the stepped brass insert to remove the bushing and when it done the insert stuck in the hole and it took more time to set it free than to remove the bushing
- As others also said, the swiveling parts sometimes makes it awkward to use. The insert could shift very easily off from the proper direction pressing the bushing only on one side. Would be nice to have a screw to fix the position.
- The new bushing was black and the brass insert chipped the black finish at some points when I pressed them into the hole with it.
The basic concept is fine, but the production could be improved.

5.0

Great tool

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Verified Buyer


Essential tool, excellentá

4.0

It Works, but!!

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Verified Buyer


I have removed and installed two sets of bushings with this tool, and it worked as advertised, but the anvil and ram flop around a lot, which makes proper placement slow and aggravating sometimes. I suppose with more usage it would become easier. Also, some bushings hang up in the plastic protection cover, which then needs to be removed to retrieve the bushing. But, it does remove the anxiety of driving out the bushing with a hammer and drift. It seems somewhat overpriced for what you get.

5.0

Great Idea!

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Wish I would have had these when I replaced my tuners on my Collings mandolin...... I learned a valuable lesson about the right tools for the job in trying it without em. Won't do that again. Thank goodness it was my mandolin.

4.0

Did the job for me!

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Like one other reviewer here, I cut my losses by investing in one of these to remove and replace a set of F5 tuners. It's true, it can be a little tricky with the loose swiveling component, but it worked on my mando without chipping out.

5.0

Felt secure

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I bought this tool cause I didn't want to hammer the bushing into my new neck. With this tool I knew that I wouldn't damage my brand new neck. I did a good job and it was worth the price in my opinion. It was also pretty easy to use.

1.0

Clumsy and useless

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Yet another tool stewmac cheaps out on. The vice grip is too small to start. The rubber overlay that "protects" the peg head ripped on the first use and the plastic that tore thru dented the neck. This tool is just as clumsy as trying to catch the bushing lip with a punch etc. Its a terrible, poorly made, finnicky tool made in the cheapest possible way. I'm getting a little tired of this from stewmac. To many times these tools have been so cheaply done as it worse than trash. Your better off using a punch and a mallet as at least you wont end up with a huge ring on the peghead from this "tool".

5.0

only a word

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Verified Buyer


Only a word:perfect

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StewMac PDF Catalog, page 21 See Tuner Bushing Press
on page 21 of our StewMac Digital Catalog