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CSTON-1 Stroking Grommet Press

Item #: 04GROMCSTON1

Our Expert has Rated this product with 4.5 Stars   1 Expert Review  |  Read an industry-professional's opinion below

Perfect for professional grommeting, the CSTON-1 grommet press machine with stroking mechanism is one of the most popular machines worldwide, making setting grommets into even tough materials, easy. This stroking feature takes the effort to press the handle down through your material to a whole new level of simple, by essentially taking over the pull and shooting the grommet through your materials - you just start the action by pulling the handle and you will feel it jump down into your material with very little effort. This makes it a very popular choice for many industries including sign shops, marine and nautical operations, military textiles, leather and more. The stroking pressure is adjustable to cater to a huge variety of materials and thicknesses.

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Product Description

The CSTON-1 Grommet Press is the perfect stroking grommet attaching machine for professional use. The CSTON-1 is being used worldwide in numerous industries including signage, tarps, marine, upholstery, military textile, leather wear, and more. The adjustable stroking pressure level makes this ideal for these users, and many more, including those who use a variety of materials. The stroking power is adjusted from the screw system located on the top of the machine. 

The CSTON-1 Grommet Press uses self-piercing grommets, eliminating the two-step process of punching a hole and attaching the grommet; instead, both steps are completed with just one pull of the handle. It will handle many sizes of grommets with just a simple die change. 

This Grommet Hand Press Machine will provide years of professional performance with it's heavy duty and durable manufacturing. It is so easy to use, that not only is little or no training is required, it can be used by anybody. The CSTON-1 Grommet Press requires minimal hand press power and effort. The required stroking pressure is sourced by the spring system inside the machine, making it very easy for anyone to use. This grommet press machine can be bench mounted, or be used free-standing. It is suitable for a variety of materials including vinyl, corrugated and other plastics, fabric, poster board, foam board and more. 


Name CSTON-1 Stroking Grommet Press
Shipping Weight (lbs) 51
Manufacturer ClipsShop
Model CSTON-1 Stroking
Dimensions 20.5" x 7.9" x 12.4"
Manufacturer's Warranty 1 Year Defective
Quantity 1
Size Throat Depth: 5 ½"
Compatible Equipment Self-Piercing Grommets: #5.5, #3, #2, #1 & smaller sizes

Expert Reviews

Expert Reviewer: Mallory, Editor at BUY101CSTON-1 Grommet Press Review
by Mallory Morsa
Hi! I am Mallory and I am the editor here at BUY101. I have been with the team since 2008, where I started out as a customer service representative, learning the in's and out's of every product we offer. I then moved into a roll of product management that required even more product research as well as new product training, sharing my extensive product and industry knowledge with our entire BUY101 team, and now, with you in my honest reviews.

CSTON-1 Expert Review by Mallory Morsa

The CSTON-1 is an ideal option for anyone who grommets… seriously, I recommend this for everyone who does less than high-production use. Basically, the “stroking” feature makes it so much easier to set grommets through materials of all kinds, that I recommend it even for lower volume users who might not even grommet daily, especially if you work with a variety of materials. Ok, ok… I guess I could say that if you are working with very low volumes and only need to set grommets, say, less than every month on one or two items, or if you do the exact same basic vinyl sign material only, then you could consider the CSTEP-2, but I still greatly prefer this machine over any other less expensive ones. If you need something for more industrial use, consider the CSPIC-2 Pneumatic Grommet Press.

A really heavy duty base makes the CSTON-1 very steady on your work table. This strong base is important to prevent lifting when pressing down the handle. And of course, like I mentioned above, the “stroking” feature makes grommet setting very very easy. It is a spring-action that means you don’t have to apply a lot of pressure to the handle to set the grommet… you basically just pull it down to start it and the spring action "pops" it down through your material. The spring loading is also adjustable, so you can set the tension depending on the material type and material thickness you are using, so you can get the perfect set, every time (note: these adjustments are also important to prevent damage to the die and punching bar, so be sure to adjust it before every new material is used, including before your very first use). This means you can do a huge variety of grommet crafts through a huge variety of materials. I also like the blue color of the machine, making it look clean and modern.

Grommet presses are heavy and hard to lift and move around; but this is a good thing, in actuality, since it lends to that really sturdy base I mentioned above. But you may need help placing it on the work bench and moving it, if necessary. You should keep in mind that this hand press can handle only up to a #5.5 grommet, also known as an 11/16” grommet. Though this does allow for the most popular sizes (even as small as #XX00 1/8”), it does limit you from using anything larger than a #5.5 grommet, which excludes the #12 that are most commonly used for curtains.

Grommeting through anything but standard fabrics or vinyl sign materials can be difficult when you have to use only the force of your own arm, but with the CSTON-1 spring-loaded stroking action it is significantly easier. Though built with the quality components for medium to heavy duty workloads, I also recommend this machine for lower volume workloads as well because of the huge benefit of that spring loaded setting feature. That simple feature alone adds huge value to this machine and, to me, makes it worth the additional investment. The fact that it is also adjustable makes it even more valuable, because you can change how powerful and far-down the machine press goes, which ensures that you get a perfectly set grommet, no matter the material you use.

User Reviews

Very NiceReview by Kristen
I sell custom made clothes on Etsy and Ebay and wanted to integrate grommets into some of my designs. I thought about the cstep-2 model because of the great price, but spoke with a customer service representative that explained that for different kinds of fabrics, the spring loaded feature (not sure why it's called stroking) would be very important. And after using it, I agree. I have used hand presses before and they were kind of difficult to press through with only my own strength... this spring loaded feature shoots the grommet through the material quickly and with machine strength. My finished items looks great! (Posted on 5/9/16)

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