Everyone loves dabs, especially ones you can make yourself. Gone are the days where you have to risk life and limb to make concentrates at home with sketchy solvents, because now all you have to do is pick up a rosin press to create incredible concentrates. It’s easy, safe, and not to mention all the money you can save by pressing rosin instead of buying overpriced grams at the dispensary every week. If you’ve considered buying a rosin press for at-home use or to make dabs from your grow, check out this handy guide on what you should know when buying a press!
Avoid Homemade Press Kits
Skip the hassle of buying a heat plate kit, a harbor freight shop press, plus all the extra equipment you need – save yourself the trouble by getting an all-in-one unit. Although it sounds attractive at first to build a rosin press, you’ll end up spending a lot more than you think to get started, and with nowhere to turn when something goes wrong. Despite what is claimed, cheap shop presses don’t last very long, so you’ll be stuck having to buy more and more equipment. You also want to ensure you don’t waste your precious material, which is reason enough to avoid the headache of tinkering with plate kits and shop presses.
Buy a USA-Made Rosin Press
You get what you pay for, and we recommend only buying a rosin press that is made in the USA from high quality components. It’s an investment that should last a long time, so don’t be fooled by cheap Chinese machines that are literally re-purposed t-shirt presses. When you run the numbers on how much extra rosin you’ll get with every press using a high quality rosin press, such as PurePressure’s Pikes Peak rosin press, the cheaper option ends up being to get a top notch press in the first place. When it comes to pressing rosin, it’s all about quality and yield, so don’t skimp on a press that’s only going to give you 10% when you could be getting 20% or more. That’s a lot of extra dabs!
Look for Long, Narrow Heat Plates
Solventless rosin is quickly becoming known as the premier connoisseur grade concentrate, so preservation of terpenes is crucial to making the best rosin possible. Most rosin presses on the market today offer only square heat plates, which all but guarantee a loss of yield and burned terpenes because the oil has to travel much further and sits in the heat for longer. Make sure your rosin press only features long, narrow heat plates, which is critical to ensuring the highest yield possible and terpene profile. This design allows your rosin oil to quickly escape your heat plates, thus maximizing every press and allowing for that fully terpene-rich aroma to be preserved in your concentrates. Make sure your heat plates are made of aluminum, too – stainless steel heat plates offer exceptionally poor heat distribution, which is common with nearly all cheaper rosin presses. Pressing with parchment paper ensures its FDA food-grade, so you get the best of both worlds.
Pneumatic is Better Than Hydraulic
Finally, buying a pneumatic rosin press is almost always the right choice over a hydraulic option. Cheap hydraulic presses (which most shop presses and homemade kits utilize) are prone to breaking down and actually dispersing trace amounts of machine oil into the air, thus potentially contaminating your rosin in the first place. What’s the point of that? Look for a rosin press that offers an oil-less pneumatic cylinder, which is going to be the best possible choice for extracting clean rosin efficiently. Cheaper pneumatic presses often require oiling too, so keep an eye out and don’t be fooled.