Us cutter 15x15 swing arm press pops open/won't stay closed

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After approx 700 presses, today the press won' stay closed. It pops back open. I'e tried adjusting the pressure and the springs on the platen. Even tried removing the platen cushion and it still won't lock in the down position



Any thoughts? Ideas? Has this happened to anyone? It still works but I have to hold the handle down while pressing

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I agree with Nudy649, the handles are susceptible to wear and may start to fail as they get worn. I have heard of people who carefully drilled out the worn holes and replaced the pins with the new sized pins but that would depend on your level of ability to make modifications. I don't know that replacement parts are available for handles and such on the budget presses but maybe there are. 

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