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ThermaPress VF-1 Vacuum former press

5 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
(9 customer reviews)

$599.00

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The ThermaPress VF-1 is the most versatile and most advanced bench top vacuum former press ever built.  Works with membrane or without membrane using the optional direct forming kit.   It is the last vacuum press for kydex holster making you will ever need.

 

 

 

 

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Product Description

Availability as of 5/27/2020:

Hello everyone,

The Covid-19 situation has affected almost every industry and business in some way.  Some have been fortunate, others have struggled to survive. ThermaPress, LLC has faced its own unique challenges during this crisis.  Our challenges started during tax refund season when we were very busy and it depleted our supply of raw materials.  Then, we had a period of several weeks where no one was buying anything and it left us not knowing how to plan for the future in terms of inventory and production.  Then when everyone started to receive their stimulus checks,  We literally could not keep up with the orders and could not restock raw materials fast enough to keep up with demand.  We have enough capacity to meet a steady demand, but not enough capacity for a huge sudden unpredictable demand.   Our suppliers faced their own unpredictable challenges to overcome as well.  Many of them simply closed and were not shipping any goods at all or on a delayed schedule.  Thus, they were unable to supply our needs when we needed raw materials and supplies the most.

The bottom line is that ThermaPress is too dependent on our suppliers and demands for our products are very unpredictable and we want to change that.  For example,  Covid 19 is not the only cause of such issues.  Every time a major hurricane hits the United States, there are shortages for all types of plywood, including the special plywood used in production of VF-1 presses, and we simply cannot predict such events or stockpile enough materials in advance to eliminate shortages.  Or, we have had vendors simply discontinue the sale of items that we use in production of VF-1 presses with no advance notification.

In addition to these issues, our costs from our suppliers have continued to rise at an alarming rate.  We have been absorbing those increases and not increasing the sales price of our products to our customers.   The costs associated with shipping our products has just become outrageous. Fuel costs are at an all time low, but shipping rates have done nothing but climb for both inbound and outbound shipments.   As a small family owned business, we have come to a fork in the road and it has become clear that we must make some changes in how we produce VF-1 presses so we can continue to meet demand surges and reduce costs without compromising on the quality we are known for.

Typically, the month of June is not extremely busy for us and with the current unpredictable demand and current economic climate, we have decided now is the best time to make those changes.  We believe the long term future is bright and we must eliminate the bottle necks that constrict our ability to out put enough product to meet sudden changes in the market.  We also must reduce material costs while becoming more self reliant and less dependent on our suppliers.

So, over the next 6-8 weeks we will be making some big positive changes here at ThermaPress.  This will require us to shut down production on the VF-1 presses completely while we make and implement these changes.  Therefore, VF-1 presses and accessories will not be available for purchase in June and possibly on into the month of July, 2020.  We will have additional announcements forthcoming as we work through this process.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but it is a necessary evil for us to continue to grow as a business and continue to serve our customers as efficiently as possible moving forward.  Thank you to all our customers for their continued support.

Regards,

Stuart

ThermaPress, LLC.

 

Additional Information

Weight 23 lbs
Dimensions 24.375 x 20.375 x 4.375 in

 

Package includes:

  • ThermaPress VF-1
  • Brass ball valve
  • Vacuum release valve
  • Vacuum gauge
  • One silicone membrane
  • One molding board
  • Roll of Teflon tape for making connections

What is not included:

  • Vacuum pump
  • hoses and fittings to connect your vacuum pump (If you are planning on purchasing a Robinair 15800 8cfm pump, be sure to order the connection kit.  If running a different pump, you will need to figure out what fittings your pump requires and a way to connect it to the VF-1)
  • spare membranes or molding boards

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  1. Rene V.

    5 out of 5 Therma Press

    (verified owner)

    Did this product meet your expectations? I just can't say enough about how great it is.

    How well was this item packaged? Best Packaging I have ever seen.

    How would you rate customer service before and after purchase? Excellent.

    Would you purchase this product again? Most definitely.

    Where do I begin, contact with Stuart was easy, answered my questions quickly. Shipping was fast, the packing was far superior then anything I’ve ever received.Quality of the press was fantastic, You can tell just with unwrapping the items, Stuart has put a lot of time n work into this press. Assembly was easy, I did have a leak, contacted,with,Stuart addressing the issue was fast n via email it was a simple fix which was my fault from the beginning. Now that the press is up n running ,all I can say it was worth every penny, only regret I have is that I did not purchase this one first. The press is amazing, retention is great no matter what is use, full mold guns, or split molds. I even watched Stuart’s video on doing tacos, normally I use a coffee bum, but for the future I will now use the therma press… The vacuum hold on this thing is unbelievable, it was tested the very first night ,and I needed to get to sleep, but hold time was at 59 minutes before I released the press manually, it I didn’t release it, it might still be holding. I’m very proud and a very happy owner of the therma press.

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      ThermaPress

      I am glad it was everything you had hoped it would be. Thanks for the well written, fantastic review!

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  2. Chad

    5 out of 5 Freakin awesome!

    (verified owner)

    Did this product meet your expectations? I just can't say enough about how great it is.

    How well was this item packaged? Best Packaging I have ever seen.

    How would you rate customer service before and after purchase? Excellent.

    Would you purchase this product again? Most definitely.

    Assembly is a snap! (I was overwhelmed when I saw the different packages, but it took no-time at all!!) The video is easy to follow. The press is durable, and professional grade in my opinion! And the packaging was good enough it could withstand a tornado, or a Chuck Norris roundhouse! Thanks so much!!

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  3. Shawn

    5 out of 5 Fantastic Product

    (verified owner)

    Did this product meet your expectations? I just can't say enough about how great it is.

    How well was this item packaged? Best Packaging I have ever seen.

    How would you rate customer service before and after purchase? Excellent.

    Would you purchase this product again? Most definitely.

    Excellent Product with world class customer service!

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  4. Nick_Campbell

    5 out of 5 Awesome product

    (verified owner)

    Did this product meet your expectations? I just can't say enough about how great it is.

    How well was this item packaged? Best Packaging I have ever seen.

    How would you rate customer service before and after purchase? Excellent.

    Would you purchase this product again? Most definitely.

    Awesome product. I have been impressed since I opened the box. The packaging was outstanding, assembly of the VSS couldn’t have gone smoother, and the results I’m getting over my old process is out of this world. Thanks!

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  5. Shannon

    5 out of 5 Integrity

    (verified owner)

    Did this product meet your expectations? I just can't say enough about how great it is.

    How well was this item packaged? Best Packaging I have ever seen.

    How would you rate customer service before and after purchase? Excellent.

    Would you purchase this product again? Most definitely.

    If you are serious about growing your business, or tired of messing around with your build, buy this former. I had a heck of a time with Shipping when I ordered last month (nov. 2017) but Stuart had my back. I sent a very concerned message to thermapress via email about my package after about 10 days. Not even 20-30 minutes later I received a call from Stuart. I went from frustrated and freaking out to calm with one call. To me, that means a lot.

    I had done tons of research and had watched every video thermapress has so I knew what I was looking for in a former. 1) I believe in the large 1” inlet and 1” piping to the surge tank. (v.s 3/8 or 1/2”) 2) I like the dimensions of the former. Perfect size. 3) I have worked around enough people to know that Stuart is one of those people that always sets off on a project with every intention of doing something right. He is proud of his work.

    This former works amazing and to me is worth every penny.

    Thanks Stuart

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  6. Kevin

    5 out of 5 This is the best press money can buy...

    (verified owner)

    Did this product meet your expectations? I just can't say enough about how great it is.

    How well was this item packaged? Best Packaging I have ever seen.

    How would you rate customer service before and after purchase? Excellent.

    Would you purchase this product again? Most definitely.

    I purchased this press after my homemade press developed an issue that I didn’t care to solve frankly. So I did my research and settled on Stuart’s ThermaPress vacuum former. I settled on this for a couple reasons. First, my other vacuum former was built off his design that I purchased in early 2015 and ran flawless for 2 years and thousands of holsters. Second, I knew his VF-1 press was CNC machined and would be of infinitely higher build quality than the press that I built and I was not wrong about that. Third, the customer service I received after purchasing this press was second to none, as he promised. I can say that because in my former life I was a professional chef for 20+ years and spent the majority of my life in the customer service industry. This holster making gig started as a hobby and ended up a great business so I retired from it and now I only cook for fun.

    I’ve had this press in operation for about 90 days now so I have gotten extensive use out of it. I had a few bugs to deal with after I set the press up and I don’t have any issue telling you all of them were self inflicted. I over tightened a fitting and cracked it. Stuart sent me the fitting immediately at no cost. Now that’s service. He spent an hour with me on the phone, drilling down leaks in the MY plumbing and confirming there was no issue with the press. Once we, and I do mean we, got this press up and running, it runs flawlessly.

    It holds an amazing vacuum so you never have to over work your pump. The only caution I can give you about this particular former is you need to inspect all your mold guns and anything else you mold to make sure there are no sharp edges. This vacuum former pulls and pulls hard, so if you have any sharp edges on any of your molds I promise you’ll be buying more membranes.

    In the last 90 days this former has produced over 200 weapon holsters, countless mag carriers and even some wallets. It’s fast, accurate and yields exceptional mold quality. Buy this press, you won’t be disappointed, I promise. If you are disappointed, contact me and I’ll buy it from you: AWRTactical@gmail.com

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    • ThermaPress

      ThermaPress

      Hi Kevin,
      Thank you so much for being a customer, now friend, and for your awesome review. I also appreciate the fact that you logged in under your account so it shows that you are a verified owner before leaving your review. That is quite an impressive endorsement. I have to say though, you are still a chef. Except, now you are cooking up kydex. Cool background info. Thanks! 🙂
      -Stuart

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  7. Kevin

    5 out of 5 Exceeded Expectations

    Did this product meet your expectations? I just can't say enough about how great it is.

    How well was this item packaged? Best Packaging I have ever seen.

    How would you rate customer service before and after purchase? Excellent.

    Would you purchase this product again? Most definitely.

    Very impressed with the way the product arrived, it was very well packaged . Assembly was just straight forward as Stuart indicated, and in minutes I was breaking in the membrane. Very well constructed press, I expect to be enjoying for years. Works great with my 8cfm pump, pulling 30 inches immediately and holds over 20 inches of vacuum for 5-6 hours. If I leave a holster in the former after working on an evening project, there is still a little vacuum the following morning.

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  8. Anthony

    5 out of 5 Rock solid machine

    Did this product meet your expectations? I just can't say enough about how great it is.

    How well was this item packaged? Best Packaging I have ever seen.

    How would you rate customer service before and after purchase? Excellent.

    Would you purchase this product again? Most definitely.

    This is my second vacuum former from Stuart, never disappointed.

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      ThermaPress

      Thank you for the review. Your comments are much appreciated!

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  9. One person found this helpful
    Dale

    5 out of 5 This thing is incredible. Glad I purchased this instead of building my own.

    Did this product meet your expectations? I just can't say enough about how great it is.

    How well was this item packaged? Best Packaging I have ever seen.

    How would you rate customer service before and after purchase? Excellent.

    Would you purchase this product again? Most definitely.

    I purchased the membranes and plans a few months ago. I just never got around to building the vacuum former. When I learned the membranes I already purchased would fit into the new thermapress, it was a no brainer for me. Stuart has done an incredible job with this vacuum press. It was easy to put together, the packaging was so good that a truck could have run over it and not hurt it. I ordered the pump he suggested from Amazon. I have not made a holster yet, as I am still waiting on my kydex to come in. But, I have tested this thing over and over. Mine is holding vacuum for over an hour. I think my gauge is a little off because it only shows it going to 28. Stuart called me the day after I received it to see if I needed anything. I would definitely purchase this again. Just one thing, Stuart, you need to fix the window for leaving a review on your website. The window is too small and I had a hard time typing this.

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    • ThermaPress

      ThermaPress

      Dale,
      Thank you for the kind words and for your business. I look forward to you sending me a picture of your first holster. Yes, we know about the comment window being too small, but we are still working through a few issues with the new website. Hopefully, we can get that resolved soon. You have my cell phone number, be sure and call me if you have any questions.
      Thanks,
      Stuart
      ThermaPress.com

      Update 12/8/2016 -The comment window size on the product reviews has been fixed. All known issues with the website have been resolved.

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