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Where to buy boot punch out tool?

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
I have various foot problems which require my boots and shoes for about every sport to be punched out. One shop I go to has a nice little hydraulic ram which pops out a spot in the shell which has done wonders for some of my boots.

The problem I have with the shops is that the good boot fitters are never in, they are very conservative and it seems I am always bringing things back. I'm ready to get my own tool. I end up helping everytime the shop does it anyway.

I looked around on the web this fall and found one such tool from a company, maybe southern ski tools, which sold bootfitters gear but they don't have a spot piston for sale on their site now and I can't find one anywhere. Does anyone know where to buy boot modifying tools?

PS:Please don't post that I should leave it to the pros. I'll figure that out for my own stubborn self.

Thanks
knobby footed newf
post #2 of 24
Northwest Podriatric Laboratory used to make a hydraulic piston called SuperFit that came with varoius attachments that could be used to blow out the shell in just about any way needed.

I know this becuase I'm staring at mine while I type ...

I went to their web site, but they don't seem to mention anything about it. Maybe they know of an alternative for you.

http://www.nwpodiatric.com/
post #3 of 24
Or, if you're handy you can make you own out of something like this ...

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=37447
post #4 of 24
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Originally Posted by Woodee
Or, if you're handy you can make you own out of something like this ...

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=37447
Man that thing is sweet. I've been looking for something like that but had no idea where to find it. I figured Superfeets $C750 was a little excessive. 6' hose!! Hmmm

I found the same unit in a couple other places and some in Canada which was the goal. The others are cheaper but only yours above clearly shows the magical 2 way small press attachment. Must keep hunting.
post #5 of 24
The spreader is probably not too useful but the short ram is worth its weight on the farm.
post #6 of 24
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Woodee
Northwest Podriatric Laboratory used to make a hydraulic piston called SuperFit that came with varoius attachments that could be used to blow out the shell in just about any way needed.

I know this becuase I'm staring at mine while I type ...

I went to their web site, but they don't seem to mention anything about it. Maybe they know of an alternative for you.

http://www.nwpodiatric.com/
I sent them an email and they referred me to Blademaster. Here's the dream set:
http://www.blademaster.ca/products.asp?id=98

I asked for a quote.
post #7 of 24
Superfeet sells all the tools that boot guys use. The specific thingy you're looking for is called a Scott Press. Maybe try Sun Valley Ski tools?
post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by newfydog
I sent them an email and they referred me to Blademaster. Here's the dream set:
http://www.blademaster.ca/products.asp?id=98

I asked for a quote.
That's the superfeet kit. Superfeet got out of it and sold off that end last spring. I guess these guys are who bought it. Nice stuff but I think the quote might make you jump a bit. I'd like to know too please.

What's called the forefoot expander is also a nice piece but pricey. You can do a lot with it and a few hockey pucks cut into various bits.
post #9 of 24
That is the same tool I have at the shop, IIRC it was around $1000 my cost.
post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by Woodee
Or, if you're handy you can make you own out of something like this ...

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=37447
If that kit is the one I have at work it's not going to be what you want for boot work it's originally designed for autobody work , the components are to big to get into the foot of the boot . The duck bill spreader is a handy rig and could be used for cuff or heel area work but thats about it , they are alot larger than pictured (this one is probably going to be 9-10" long ). If this kit was for 2-ton capacity then maybe we would be looking at something small enough .
The best way to go for small rams is pneumatic , the selection of smaller units with long enough stroke is way better . A small hand pump like the Harborfreight with a small pnuematic can be had for under $300 , the one thing that often has to be done is change the seal in the ram to be compatible with oil.
As for building one it's a simple thing but you would need a lathe . I've recently had a Superfeet hand pump and ram apart to fix it , (guy that owns it is hard on stuff) and with the right material and knowledge I know it can be built for under $100 in materials .................maybe I'll auction off the one I have in the shop !!!!!!!!!!
post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by Leeroy
I've recently had a Superfeet hand pump and ram apart to fix it , (guy that owns it is hard on stuff)
Which brings me to another thread where I ask; Hows that boot puncher coming?
post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by L7
Which brings me to another thread where I ask; Hows that boot puncher coming?
Should be finshed or close to done today
Going out to the shop right away
This is leading me astray
But needed a beer anyway
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.pretty bad EH
post #13 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by Leeroy
Should be finshed or close to done today
Going out to the shop right away
This is leading me astray
But needed a beer anyway
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.pretty bad EH
Are you sure you're in a mental state to competently work on this thing? That's kind of scary. Have the women of the house ganged up and driven you over the edge? (I know it wouldn't be a far push.)
post #14 of 24
http://www.thesozegroup.com/keiser.html

These guys have everything you need to fit boots. Their press is the evolution of the Scott press. Bigger, stronger, easier.
post #15 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by Betaracer
http://www.thesozegroup.com/keiser.html

These guys have everything you need to fit boots. Their press is the evolution of the Scott press. Bigger, stronger, easier.
This is the press I use, and there is nothing like it. I can take a Low Fit boot like a Lange WC 130 to a Medium+ in about 10-15 min per boot.

coup
post #16 of 24
So, what is the cost of a Scott press?
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson
So, what is the cost of a Scott press?

You could probably pick one up for $500+ and it would work fine for a home set-up.
post #18 of 24
Wow- what a bunch of great information there lies in this thread. The kit that NewfyDog found is exactly what I have on my desk. NewfyDog – you’ll have to let us know what the price tag is these days. However, mine must be an early version as it’s called SuperFit … which must have evolved to SuperFeet at some point.

I’ve used both types of presses (hydraulic expander and Scott type press) extensively and think both are invaluable tools. Both are capable of doing the same work, but in a different manner – each with their pros and cons.

I think if you’re doing work primarily to the sides of the boot (i.e. blowing out for more width at a particular point) then the Scott press would be my preference. If you need to blow out the shell for ankle room for example, then this is the tool you want. Personally, I’ve got “toe issues” that require me to blow out length-wise where I find the hydraulic expander to be easier to use.

As a woodworker I’ve learned you can never have enough tools – especially when they are the right tools. I’d want to have both …
post #19 of 24
Blademaster BEO2111, which I took to be the complete kit shown at http://www.blademaster.ca/products.asp?id=98 is $445.


Haven't heard yet what a Scott press would cost.
post #20 of 24
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson
Blademaster BEO2111, which I took to be the complete kit shown at http://www.blademaster.ca/products.asp?id=98 is $445.


Haven't heard yet what a Scott press would cost.
Thanks, I'm still waiting for a fax. I did find some interesting boots for $13.30, used maybe twice. I'll try them tomorrow.
post #21 of 24

Hi,

 

Have one of the Superfit boot stretchers that may be coming available if you are still interested.Contact me at antonius.limburg@gmail.com

post #22 of 24

Responding to a thread that is over NINE years old. Yikes….Might be an ES record!

post #23 of 24
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Originally Posted by Muleski View Post
 

Responding to a thread that is over NINE years old. Yikes….Might be an ES record!

Contacted poster, bought unit, shipped from New Zeland, received today, case closed for replying to old posts!

post #24 of 24
I guess! Glad it worked out for all!
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