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Old 06-15-2005, 04:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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what can I do with my 20 ton press?

Saw someone posting about using theirs as a brake, I wanna know more

What else is this thing good for? Just figured I'd see what people use theirs. For the few times I have used it the thing has been a lifesaver but still..

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Old 06-18-2005, 07:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Saw someone posting about using theirs as a brake, I wanna know more

What else is this thing good for? Just figured I'd see what people use theirs. For the few times I have used it the thing has been a lifesaver but still..

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It'll crush a beer can flat as a pancake, actually a little flatter than a pancake.

I've wanted to try building a break for my possible using some heavy gauge angle iron, seen pictures. I know you can by them to, but I think most are marketed for the 50 ton presses, but I think a 20 ton would work pretty good for small bends. other than that, I've used my to straighten bent stuff and install bearings, and to press lawn mower tires off their bead.

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Old 06-18-2005, 11:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i use mine primarily for bearings and ujoints.
if you have the right jig, its a total life saver for toyota rear axle bearings.
one axle pays for the whole unit
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Old 06-22-2005, 08:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I just bought a 20 ton myself from Harbor Freight. One of the first things I did was build a break for it. I used some 2 1/2" angle iron and lots of gussets. It works pretty good but isn't pefect. It leaves a little more of a radius at the break than I had hoped for. We used it to put a offset in some 1/4" plate for my neighbors home made shackles and it worked great for that. I will post some pics of the setup tonight as well as a piece with a bend in it.

-no prob for those damn rear toy bearings though!
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Old 06-22-2005, 12:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I use mine for almost anything that my imagination can conjure up, from u-joints to bearings to forming parts.

I use a variety of things to bend stuff over and around to get the parts I need. Most of it is recycled junk, but some things are purchased like bearing splitters, etc. BTW, old axle bearing inners (after you remove the needle bearings and cage) make wonderful hard, round spacers for holding stuff.

I'm also in the process of making a few special dies for my HF pipe bender to make angles, etc. Sort of a bracket brake. That's almost a no-brainer. Just substitute a piece of angle iron, braced and with a pipe equal to the tool post diameter on the end and go to bending.
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heres some pics fo the break. I had to use scrap I had around the house or the gusseting would of been different, but it has worked well so far.
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Old 06-22-2005, 11:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
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if you have the right jig, its a total life saver for toyota rear axle bearings.
one axle pays for the whole unit
Where are the pics? You see how the other description was followed up

Nice work rockcritter, right click save
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Old 06-22-2005, 11:56 PM   #8 (permalink)
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okay, imagine this............
a toyota axle housing, now cut it off at the third, now where you cut it off,( the side that doesnt have the carrier spot), weld some plate or something to span the throat on the press.
wala... a perfect jig


sorry, my star is ran out and i am too broke to renew right now.
its a simple and very effective tool.
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Old 06-23-2005, 07:41 PM   #9 (permalink)
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A friend of mine made a jig just like the break only instead of angle it is made of 6" pipe cut in half lengthwise. This is used to press a round radius in plate to use as rock guards for the rear quarter panels on CJs. Workd great!
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Old 06-24-2005, 05:36 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Go to www.northerntool.com and search for "press brake" They have some that will work with your press.

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neat, but $270!!
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Old 06-24-2005, 11:27 PM   #12 (permalink)
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It leaves a little more of a radius at the break than I had hoped for.
Just as a suggestion...

Instead of using angle iron on on both parts of the brake (bottom and top), use angle iron on only the bottom.

For the top piece, use something with a point less than 90*.

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Old 06-25-2005, 12:29 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Good idea! I will try it.
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Brandon, you can make that. Really, it's not a lot of complication there
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You can use it to punch shapes out, too.

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Old 07-08-2005, 10:58 AM   #16 (permalink)
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that's pretty cool, you ever end up making spring plates like in that thread?
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Old 07-28-2005, 09:47 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Will this press work to remove and replace ball joints on a D60 axle?
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Old 07-31-2005, 06:16 PM   #18 (permalink)
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You can replace the jack with an air/over hydro and instead of pumping like hell just hold a small air handle, much faster/easier
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