A foot press is a machine that sets snaps, rivets, eyelets, and grommets. While there are manual methods where these hardware types can be applied by hand with some striking force, having a mechanized process can lead to much easier, and faster application of these construction elements, especially in leather working and fine leather craft.
The foot press machine operates by having a fixed range of motion. It is mechanically connected to a large foot pedal, that when pressed with the feet, transfers the force through the machine and into the hardware being set (snaps, rivets, grommets, etc.). since the foot drives the force, these machines also provide benefit by allowing the hands to be free for holding onto the material being joined. A foot press can help when you’re doing higher volume production or seek to have consistent, high-quality results.