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How to Build Your Own Rosin Press For Under $500

Chances are you've landed on this article because you're interested in putting together your own rosin press instead of buying from a brand name manufacturer. No problem, we've got you covered. In this article we'll go over everything you need to know to build your own rosin press as we discuss everything from the necessary equipment you need, breaking down the associated costs, looking at potential yields, and recommending complete builds to accommodate different budgets and price points. Let's begin, shall we?

What kind of equipment is needed?

When it boils down to it, putting together your own rosin press is pretty simple since all you need are two things:

  • A Shop press
  • Rosin Plates and Heating Controller

That being said, not all shop presses and plates are created equal. You probably have a budget in mind on how much you'd like to spend putting together a rosin press; working with a higher budget means being able to buy higher quality equipment, which means longevity and possibly getting more use out of your press over the coming years. Fortunately, our years of experience and expertise in this industry having interacted with over hundreds of customer, speaking with people just like you puts us in a good position to recommend only the best equipment that "just works" while keeping a budget in mind.

Shop Press

The engine of your soon-to-be rosin press starts with a humble shop press. Keep in mind that these shop presses were meant to press bearings in the garage or shop once or twice a month, or maybe used just a couple of times a year. The common feedback we've heard among our customers is that while these shop presses are generally inexpensive, the quality of the steel on these aren't too good. There are of course higher quality shop presses available for higher prices (more on that later on).

When purchasing a shop press, most of them differ by capacity. The most common ones are 6-tons (12,000lbs), 10-tons (20,000lbs), 12-tons (24,000lbs), and 20-tons (40,000lbs). So, you'd want to ask yourself how much you intend to press and how much material you are working with on a consistent basis. Buying a higher capacity press means you're able to exert more force and squish more material. However, the amount of material you can squish is relative to the size of your rosin plates. The larger the plates, the more material they can accommodate, the more costly they become—keep this in mind if you're trying to stay under a certain budget.

Recommended Shop Presses

By far the largest and most popular place to purchase a shop press is from HarborFreight.com. Most of them can be had for under $300, and some even under $100. Here are the most popular shop presses used for DIY rosin presses:


Also, be sure to check out the coupon section of Harbor Freight's website since they have some deals like the one below where you can save some money when buying a shop press.

 

Sample Harbor Freight Coupon

 

Going back to higher quality shop presses, and assuming you have a higher budget and some money to spare on this build, a lot of our customers are having excellent results with the Dake B-10 Model 10-Ton Press. While the Dake may be 3x the price of the Harbor Freight presses, everyone who's been using a Dake seem to be very satisfied with the excellent build quality and reliability of this particular model. 

Dake B-10 Hydraulic PressDake B-10 Utility Hydraulic Press 

 

The price for these Dake Hydraulic presses generally range between $400-$450. You can snag one from your favorite retail or auction website such as Amazon or eBay.

 

Check prices on:
Check Dake B-10 on Amazon
Check Dake B-10 on Ebay

 

Rosin Plates and Heating Controller 

At the heart of your rosin press are the heating plates and the heating controller behind it. At the heart of your rosin press are the plates and the heating controller. When choosing plates, you need to factor in the amount of material that you wish to put through your rosin press. This is important because the size of the plates are directly correlated to the amount of material you can squeeze and put through your stress. 

 

 

 

Steel vs. Aluminum Plates

There's been an ongoing debate around this topic regarding plate material; whether stainless steel plates are better than aluminum plates. In summary, Aluminum's properties are far superior than stainless steel ones because not only do aluminum plates heat up faster, but they also don't hold heat nearly as long as stainless steel ones. This is good because it prevents the rosin from being burnt by sitting too long on the plates.

Recommended DIY Rosin Plates and Heating Controller Kits

While there's a plethora of companies manufacturing rosin plates and heating controllers, we've narrowed our choices down to the following plates & heating controller sets since feedback on them has been great while hitting our budget mark. As always, we're on the lookout for what's new and great, so you can rest assured we'll update this article and inform you of any new DIY kits that we scope out.

 


Dulytek 3" x 4" Dulytek 3" x 6" Dulytek 3" x 8"

Dulytek 3x4 DIY Rosin Press Kit Plates Heaters

Plate size: 3" x 4"

Dulytek 3x6 DIY Rosin Press Kit Plates Heaters

Plate size: 3" x 6"

Dulytek 3x8 DIY Rosin Press Kit Plates Heaters

Plate size: 3" x 8"

Ideal for: 3-15 ton shop presses
Ideal for: 10-20 ton shop presses
Ideal for: 15-30 ton shop presses

$229

$339

$379

 

Recommended DIY Rosin Press Builds 

DIY Rosin Press Builds Under $500

  Option A Option B Option C Option D*
Press

6 ton A-Frame Bench Shop Press

Going price:
$77.99

6 ton A-Frame Bench Shop Press

Going price:
$77.99

12 ton H-Frame Floor Shop Press

Going price:
$129.99

 

12 ton H-Frame Floor Shop Press 

Going price:
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$99.99
w/ coupon

Plates

3" x 4" Kit

Dulytek 3x4 DIY Rosin Press Kit Plates Heaters

Going Price:
$229.00

3" x 6" Kit

Dulytek 3x6 DIY Rosin Press Kit Plates Heaters

Going Price:
$339.00

3" x 6" Kit

Going Price:
$339.00

3" x 8" Kit

Dulytek 3x8 DIY Rosin Press Kit Plates Heaters

Going Price:
$379.00

Total Cost $306.99 $416.99 $469.98 $478.99*

 

Technically speaking, the total cost for the press and plates for Option D is $528.99 but thanks to a coupon found on Harbor Freight's website for the 12-ton press, it knocks an extra $20 off the regular price of the press. So be sure to check out the coupon section of Harbor Freight's website before purchasing any press from Harbor Freight's website to avail of those extra savings! 

As you see, putting together a rosin press can be had for very little money. For less than $350, you can start producing your own concentrates at the comfort of your own home and watch that oil drip! 

 

Recommended DIY Rosin Press Build

If you have some money to spare, we recommend the following build out for a very good rosin press under $1,000 that's sure to last you a long time...or until you grow beyond it.

Press

Dake B-10 Utility Hydraulic Press

Dake B-10 Utility Hydraulic Press

 
Going price: $409.10 - $450

Check prices:
Check Dake B-10 on AmazonCheck Dake B-10 on Ebay
Plates

 

3" x 8" Kit 

Dulytek 3x8 DIY Rosin Press Kit Plates Heaters
Going Price: 
$379.00

Total Cost $769-829

 

Other Equipment and Accessories 

Now that you've built your rosin press, you can start pressing your material and start making luscious rosin, right?! Err... not quite, but we're almost there. There's just a few housekeeping things we'd like to go over before you go out and build your press so continue reading on...

Rosin Bags

Depending on your starting material, a rosin bag is recommended in order to keep plant material away from your rosin oil. 

When pressing kief, dry sift, hash, and bubble hash, we recommend using a 36 micron bag.

When pressing flower, trim, and shake, we recommend using a 90 micron or 115 micron bag.

You will get the highest yield from a 115 micron rosin bag compared with a 90 micron rosin bag, but the 90 micron bags will give you more filtration and slightly higher quality product.

Pre-Press Molds

2.5" x 4.5" Rosin Press Aluminum Pre-Press Mold2.5" x 4.5" Rosin Press Aluminum Pre-Press Mold, $129.99

While pre-press molds don't necessarily help in maximizing yields (yields predominantly depend on strain/cure/humidity), pre-press molds pack & compress your material evenly so there are no gaps for rosin to sit & collect in between the gaps.

If you're interested in picking a pre-press mold up, check out our selection of pre-press molds here.

Parchment Paper

It goes without saying that in order to press and collect rosin, you need parchment paper.  Is there a particular brand better than others? In our experience the most accessible parchment paper while being fairly reliable and cheap is the Reynolds branded one that you can find on Amazon.

Reynolds Kitchens Parchment Paper Roll

 

If you're feeling fancy and want the kind of parchment paper that makes it a bit easier and faster to collect the rosin, then we recommend going with this heavy-duty parchment paper from Pure Pressure.
 

Collection Tools

Your best friend in collecting all the rosin you've just extracted & collected in your parchment paper. They're inexpensive. gets the job done, and can easily accessible through Amazon. Here are a few from the top results: