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Old 03-28-2005, 08:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Too cheap for HF

Well, I could not see paying $130 for a 6 ton press from HF. (I am a super cheap bastard)

I happened to have a bunch of 2x6, 2x3" square tube and some 4" and 6" U channel steel. Plus a spare 6 ton hydraulic jack sitting around.

So I figured that I could easily just make a press.

The thing actually turned out fairly well. (I am having a hard time getting the pics off of my camera at work I'll do it at home later)

The one place that I am kinda stumped is how I should make stops for the adjustable lower table.

I was thinking that it would be easy enough to just weld some tabs to the press itself or would it be better to have more adjustability by drilling 3/4" holes in the uprights for a bar to pass through??

The center section is removable so the tabs would be pretty easy over all.

Ideas/suggestions??
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The stops should be shear pins that will fail before anything else.
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And the bender (almost finished.)


The uprights are made out of 2x6" .120 wall tubing.

The top member is 7" U channel steel (so is the base of the jack)

The adjustable portion is made out of .250 wall 2x3" tubing.

The bottom support/tie in is 4" U channel steel.

Super beefy...

And the obligitory first squish made. D60 5.13 pinion..

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Well, I could not see paying $130 for a 6 ton press from HF. (I am a super cheap bastard)
I wouldn't either since they sell the 20 ton for that price every few weeks
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Old 03-28-2005, 05:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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our 50 ton press at work uses pins that go thur the frame and they will shear before 50 tons
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I wouldn't either since they sell the 20 ton for that price every few weeks
and a 20 ton bottle jack is like $15 on sale at HF....

I'm still money ahead
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and a 20 ton bottle jack is like $15 on sale at HF....

I'm still money ahead
Having badly bent a HF-esque press, I agree
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Old 03-30-2005, 06:45 AM   #8 (permalink)
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close-ups!

i been wanting to do this sorta thing for a while now, it would be extremely helpful if you could get me some close-up shots of the jack, slides/springs, work shelf (where you place that pinion you pressed a bearing onto), etc.
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Home-built presses all have one thing in common.

They either eventually look like this (bent):



Or like this (braced):
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