No-Change Dies vs Professional-Grade Dies to Install KAM Snaps

May 11, 2019

KAMsnaps® offers 2 types of dies to install plastic snaps with your heavy duty KAM table press:  3pc professional-grade & 2pc no-change.

What's the difference?  The primary difference is that the pro-dies have a dedicated die piece for the female vs male snap piece, which need to be switched out depending on which side of the snap you're installing.  The no-change dies do not require switching dies.

Important!  Professional-grade dies are available only for the KAM heavy duty table presses. They do not fit the portable KX pro-handheld or mini-table press.

Most (not all) people who have used both versions seem to prefer the no-change dies. However, technically speaking, the professional-grade dies offer the utmost precision.

Comparing the dies:



No-Change Dies:

Pros -

  • Convenience - no need to switch out dies, 1 less die piece to keep track of
  • Speed - makes installing a few snaps faster compared to pro-dies
  • Less pressure needed - easier to flatten the snap prongs compared to pro-dies

Cons -

  • Less precise - top snap piece must be manually placed and aligned over fabric, potential for more human error or less professional-looking results


Professional-Grade  Dies:

Pros -

  • Precision - dies automatically align the top & bottom snap snaps, requires less manual fidgeting with snaps
  • Speed - if installing high volume of snaps, may be faster compared to no-change dies
  • Recommended if press is attached to kick pedal

Cons -

  • Less convenient - 1 more die piece to track, requires switch top dies for male vs female snap pieces
  • More pressure needed - some may find it more difficult to apply the necessary pressure to flatten the snap prongs compared to no-change dies


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