CUE TIP PRESS
AVAILABLE IN 13 or 14 MM
Made from aircraft grade aluminum and tool steel this press lets you press your own cue tips. For many years
players and cue repairmen have been pressing cue tips to take some of the mushrooming out of the tips and improve consistency.
Most recently many players have been pressing tips to very hard consistencies for their break cues and jump cues. The advantage
of the Picone tip press is, it is designed to maintain the shape and integrity of the cue tip.
In the past players have used everything from a bench vice to pounding tips with a hammer
in a attempt to make them harder and more compact. The problem is, this kind of crushing of the tip just flattens the tip
out, spreading and breaking the leather fibers making for a mostly poor quality tip. By contrast the Picone tip press compacts
the tip while maintaining it's original shape.
I made my first tip press for my own use about 20 years ago and
over the years have made quite a few for friends. You don't have to be a professional cue repairman or cue maker to find this
tool useful. You can use most any tip, Le pro, Triangle or any tip on the market including layered tips to make your own custom
I will also including with the press some information I have learned over the years on pressing tips as well
as some methods for hardening the tips.
"Did you know a thousand years ago armor
was often made from leather using a boiling process"?
The Picone cue
tip press is made up of four pieces. The barrel and end
cap are aircraft aluminum.The two pressing pistons are tool steel.
Visible in the picture
on the barrel is one of four relief holes used
to relieve the hydraulic pressure when pressing.
This is one
example of how the press can be used. Pictured is an inexpensive drill press vice.
Please notice a small rule has been
added to aid in measure the pressing.