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Seal Commercial 200 Dry Mount Press

Eric Fournier , Jul 31, 2007; 09:36 p.m.

(I checked the archives and couldn't find an answer, though I did find the same question from several years ago.)

Just picked up a Commercial 200 Dry Mount Press from Seal for a whopping $25. Initial testing indicates that it works - it gets hot, and pad is in good shape and the top opens and closes nicely.

The question I have is regarding the lights on the top of the unit. The green light appears to indicate that the unit is warming up - the light goes out when the set temp is reached. However, there is a red light that starts out solid once the unit is closed, then within a few seconds begins to blink. The light only comes on when the unit is closed, there is a contact switch that is engaged when the top is latched. Does anyone know what the light is for?


Kevin Bourque , Aug 01, 2007; 07:19 a.m.

I thought I knew what the lights did, but now I ignore them! I pretty much ignore the markings on the temp dial, too. I got a meat thermometer and found the spot on the dial that gave me the temperature I needed to mount prints.

Not the answer you were looking for, I know. But I figured as long as the temperature was correct, the lights could do whatever they wanted.

Eric Fournier , Aug 01, 2007; 07:55 a.m.


Thanks for the reply. Do you just stick the meat thermometer between the two surfaces, or do you actually skewer the pad like a hunk of beef? I was wondering how to check the temp. Thanks.

Tom Raymondson , Aug 01, 2007; 11:17 a.m.

The red light is supposed to be like a metronome - one blink per second. I never found mine to be very accurate, however.

John Elder , Aug 01, 2007; 05:39 p.m.

I offer $50.00 for the press. How often can you say you doubled your money on an item?

Eric Fournier , Aug 01, 2007; 05:54 p.m.

At that price I'm guessing at least three times. The thing is an absolute tank!

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