Mark-First® Impact Presses

  • Economical and safe for low to high volume applications
  • Fully adjustable for safe, controlled-depth marking
  • Precision marking minimizes distortion and cracks, even on fragile materials

Mark-First® marking presses can be used on a benchtop or can be mounted for in-line indenting. Use a type holder to arrange type for simple alphanumeric marking or a numbering head for serializing. Custom type and type holders are available for special marking needs.

Mark-First® presses satisfy a wide variety of stamping and embossing needs, and can also be used for riveting, press fitting, crimping and other operations. Marking is actuated by compressing and releasing a spring-loaded ram for controlled marking depth.

Manual marking presses are actuated by pulling a handle.

Pneumatic marking presses – where air is available – are actuated by dual-palm safety buttons or other automatic controls. They can also be manually actuated with a handle.

Fixed-mount pneumatic presses can be mounted in any orientation for in-line marking.


  • Models
  • Stamping Force Calculator
  • Accessories

Model Force (tons) Tabletop Fixed Mount Manual Pneumatic Drawing
MB-15    .50    
MB-20   3.30    
MB-32   7.10    
MB-19    .75    
MB-21   3.75    
MB-35   8.50    
MB-19VP  .75    
MB-21VP 3.75    
MB-35VP 8.50    

Pounds of force required per character:

Character Size Annealed Brass Annealed Aluminum Low Carbon Steel Medium Carbon Steel Cast Iron Alloy Stainless Steel (300 Series)
1/16"  (1.6mm) 200 200 340 400 400 445
3/32"  (2.4mm) 400 400 680 800 800 890
 1/8"   (3.2mm) 600 600 1,020 1,200 1,200 1,300
5/32"  (4.0mm) 1,000 1,000 1,700 2,000 2,000 2,200
3/16"  (4.8mm) 1,400 1,400 2,400 2,800 2,800 3,100


Type Holders

Type & Type Holders

Stocked and custom-made holders can accommodate one or more lines of type.
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Numbering Heads

Numbering Heads

Heads with pre-engraved character wheels make message changes quick and easy. See more >

Security Buttons

Security Buttons

Located on either side of a pneumatic press, the Dual Palm Security Buttons must be depressed at the same time to actuate the marking cycle. Keeps operators' hands clear for safe operation.

Air Filter-Regulator-Lubricator

Air FRL

To clean and lubricate shop air, a filter-regulator- lubricator is recommended for use with all pneumatic presses.


Mounting & Fixturing

Standard and custom fixtures and special mounting arrangements can be designed to suit your specific application. Talk to a Product Specialist for more details.