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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.

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Tuner Bushing Press
 
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0460 Tuner Bushing Press Yes
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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.


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)



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Tuner Bushing Press
Tuner Bushing Press
 
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4 2-06-2014
Good product, works as advertised, but with a learning curve

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.

Charlie Livingston  Waxhaw, NC Read my reviews (6)
5 12-28-2012
Works

Works well if you take your time and press the bushings out slowly. Helps a lot if you can secure the instrument so you have both hands free to operate the tool.

David332  Kentucky
3 10-19-2012
It works, but...

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.

Muzx  Norwood, MA, USA
5 3-06-2012
tuner bushing press.

this is a great tool.i had no trouble at all, removing gibson deluxe green key bushes. and fitting grover deluxe chrome key bushes.yes the inside diameter of the gibson bushes were larger than the grovers.hence i had to replace the whole show.06 std cherry s/burst les paul.

scruff. n.t.  australia
5 2-23-2012
Great tool

Essential tool, excellent 

Maurizio Loschi  Modena,Italy Read my reviews (2)
4 1-31-2012
It Works, but!!

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.

C. Bauman  Madras, O R Read my reviews (6)
5 12-17-2011
Great Idea!

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.

Wilmer Gingerich  Jamesport MO Read my reviews (76)
4 10-02-2011
Did the job for me!

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.

f5mando  USA Read my reviews (6)
5 5-01-2011
Felt secure

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.

Mathieu  Canada Read my reviews (4)
1 4-17-2011
Clumsy and useless

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".

Oldy-r-goody  Canada Read my reviews (9)
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