Tuner Bushing Press

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Tuner Bushing Press

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Tuner Bushing Press

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.

• 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.

Minimize the finish damage usually caused when extracting a bushing: Choose the hole in the 3-hole clear bushing caul that matches the bushing (each hole is different, so you can get a close fit). Lay it between the clear sleeve of the Bushing Press and the peghead. The caul will hold down the finish while the bushing is being pressed out.

Included with the Tuner Bushing Press:
  • Brass pin for bushing installation
  • Expanding brass pin for bushing removal
  • 3-hole clear bushing caul
  • Allen wrench
  • Instructions (see instructions online)

Product Instructions

Tuner Bushing Press Instructions

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

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Awkward tool...disappointed

(Customer's Reviews)

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.


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

(Customer's Reviews)

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.


It works, but...

(Customer's Reviews)

Yes, it works and did the job, however, to use it was not as smooth as I expected from a quality StewMac tool.
- 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.

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