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Re: Boxcar vs. Mag

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  • Sean Michael
    In defense of wooden based magnets, the inexpensive cost and material allow one to trim the base to any size with very simple equipment yourself. This allows
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 11, 2005
      In defense of wooden based magnets, the inexpensive cost and material allow one to trim
      the base to any size with very simple equipment yourself. This allows me the opportunity
      to lock up both traditional type and photopolymer plates in the same form.

      I admit I have had problems on these cheap wooden bases with creep. But I use just a tiny
      bit of spray adhesive and I am good to go. Even he so called sub-par bases have their

      I don't think you would want to be trimming any Boxcar or Bunting bases like that!

      Albuquerque, NM

      --- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, Scott Rubel <scott@i...> wrote:
      > I don't think there is any substitute for Bunting when it comes to
      > magnetic bases. I have no experience with Boxcar, but it sounds like it
      > works fine for people.
      > I don't understand the delight with Boxcar registration, however. I have
      > never had a registration problem with Bunting. I have never had a plate
      > slide on Bunting, either.
      > elumdesigns wrote:
      > We were faced with the same decision a year ago. We tried both
      > adhesive and metal. We decided metal was better suited for us and we
      > haven't looked back since. We own both types of bases actually. We
      > didnt really like using the adhesives. Keep in
      > mind that you will need to always rebuy the adhesives so factor that
      > into costs. Bunting bases are a bit pricey (we use them) and there
      > are a few alternatives. We have not had any issues with creeping but
      > have experienced a few cuts on the fingers but you become used to the
      > fact that the metal plates need some TLC. I think in the end its a
      > matter of personal taste and preference. Somone did mentioned
      > registration issues with metal and this has NEVER been a problem. We
      > have been faced with some extremely tricky 3 and 4 color projects and
      > all have come out beautiful. Feel free to call me if you have any
      > questions. I did a lot of research before making this decision.
      > brad
      > 858-453-4500
      > --- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, Blue Barnhouse
      > <letpresslist@b...> wrote:
      > I also highly recommend the boxcar system. I've worked with steel and
      > would never want to go back-- In addition to what Donna has said-
      > you can trim them into various shapes with scissors (I've had to do
      > this for a variety of reasons, including being able to save a large
      > amount of plate for another job by cutting into negative space) They
      > don't creep (steel backed plates will on some magnetic bases), and I
      > can get perfectly registered plates in roughly 3 minutes by running
      > it through the press (see my article on makeready.org -- perfect
      > photopolymer registration -- its still on the home page towards the
      > bottom.... I would like to make an addendum to that article that I
      > have now used this method on plates as big as 10" x 15" with no
      > problem whatsoever. I actually would like to make several
      > clarifications... I've learned a lot since I wrote the article.) So
      > much for trade secrets!
      > As far as using other plates with the boxcar base- It would work but
      > I'm pretty sure that the steel backed plates are thicker and so you
      > would have to adjust packing/roller height.
      > Hope that's helpful.
      > Brandon Mise
      > Blue Barnhouse
      > www.bluebarnhouse.org
      > On Nov 11, 2005, at 1:39 AM, ima1smartcookie wrote:
      > Hi
      > is anyone familiar with the boxcar base and plastic-backed
      > photopolymer plate system?
      > would you recommend it over a magnetic base/steel-backed plates?
      > the benefits sound good
      > (less movement, easier to reposition, lighter) but i wonder if it's
      > a hassle using the adhesive
      > material? also, could you only use the plastic-backed plates that
      > they produce or could you
      > use standard plates w/spray mount or adhesive?
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