France Special Tool

30111 NE Timmen Rd

Ridgefield, WA 98642


Tel:  1-(800)-332-4456

Fax: 1-(360)-263-3899

Maker of high-quality, precision tools for over 40 years.

Quick Change Tool

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The FST logo smallQuick-Change die changing system is an innovative product which allows dies to be quickly changed (and modified) without having to remove the entire die set from the press. The dovetail tooling plates can be installed and uninstalled in just seconds, and the 4-way clamping system allows for accurate location with a repeatability of under .0002 inches.

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  1. Leader pin holes are jig bored in the die shoe                     
  2. Bushing holes are jig bored in the die shoe
  3. Hardened and ground back-rail
  4. Hardened and ground fixed dovetail
  5. Relief and shoulder for die support insert under
  6. Dovetail interchangeable mounting plates
  7. Ground replaceable guide for slide dovetail
  8. Hardened and ground sliding dovetail



  • Saves up to 1 hour setup time
  • Speeds up die change from job to job
  • Eliminates down time for the press
  • Speeds up production
  • Reduces chance for error during setup
  • Reduces storage room for dies
  • Faster – eliminates all problems of missing bolts, nuts and clamps



  • Achieve maximum accuracy and interchangeability
  • Produces more consistent quality parts, lower scrap rate, and allows for closer tolerance work than other systems



  • Safety – Simplicity
  • Facilitates die maintenance when sharpening or changing dies
  • Only about ¼ of the total weight of the die needs to be handled
  • Fewer clamping devices to keep it in the press
  • Less chance of error or damage during die setup
  • Eliminates all bolts, tie downs, straps, blocks



  • Simple, strong, reliable
  • Leaves work area free from any obstructions or cumbersome clamps; no other clamping devices necessary
  • Reduces or eliminates disassembly and reassembly of the die, saving time and money
  • Plates can be removed and inserted efficiently, saving from $40 to $200 or more in setup costs each time
  • Easy die maintenance – Pins and bushings stay in the press during maintenance
  • Allows the use of a smaller surface grinder for sharpening
  • Complete design and construction freedom with no obstruction
  • Allows any thickness of dovetail plate to be used
  • Wire EDM can be used to cut dies in hardened tooling plates



  • Speeds up production by reducing down time
  • Consistent quality parts – lower scrap rate
  • Safety – Simplicity
  • Leaves work area open for complete die design freedom (No obstructions)




The Quick Change can be customized to suit any press at minimal or no additional cost.

  • Sizes from 3 x3 to 10 x 20in
  • Aluminum or steel
  • 2 or 4 post; pins and sleeve bushings
  • 2 or 4 post; pins and ball bushings
  • Length of posts and bushings
  • Provide relieved areas
  • Special thickness of die shoe
  • Right or left clamping slide



Integrating the Quick Change Die System into your process will mean Increased Production with Greater Profits. Payback is very short and often immediate. Everyone in the company will benefit from the Quick Change Die System.

The average improvement ratio is 1-40, or 40 minutes of lost production SAVED with each die change. Depending on the number of die changes in your process, the savings can add up very quickly.

Examples of average savings per year using a 1–40 ratio:

Table of cost savings with 1-40 ratio


The sooner you integrate the FST smallQuick-Change Die Changer into your process, the soon you can begin reaping the benefits. Click here to request a quote.


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