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Old 06-22-2004, 07:32 PM
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Advise on Porta Power choice

I've decided to buy a porta power since renting is about 27/day and I'm sure I'll need it several times.

I've been shopping around the internet and find a pretty wide price range. I'd like the benefit of some of you guys experience.

I'm not sure if I need a 10 ton unit or if a 4 ton will do the job and the prices are all over the place. I can find a 10 ton for almost the same price as the 4 ton but the extensions and accessories differ.

I'm pretty sure the cheapest stuff comes from China but if it'll do the job fine.
The professional models go for $200-400 and up.
Here are a few of the low cost ones I've found:
American Forge 4 ton porta power kit
This big kit includes:
* hydraulic pump that pushes.
* Five extension rods: 3", 5", 10" 18" and 21".
* The ram stroke is 5".
* Also includes a rubber ball foot,
* two rubber padded feet (2 1/2" and 4 1/2"),
* and a duckbill spreader.
* The unit comes with the snap couplings,
* threaded connectors, and
* 6' of hydraulic hose.
* The entire unit comes in a heavy duty ABS plastic carrying case.
Price: $59.99
http://www.toolprice.com/product/1416Q

Cummins 10 Ton Hydraulic Porta Power Kit
ncludes:
* Hydraulic pump, ram and spreader
* 6' high pressure hose
* 2 3/4" flex head
* Ram and plunger toe
* Serrated saddle
* Wedge head
* Female to Female connector
* 4 male to female extensions: 6 1/2", 12 1/4", 16 1/4", 22 3/8"
* V-base
* Flat base
* Storage case
Price 99.00
http://www.cumminstools.com/browse.cfm/4,87.html

4 Ton Hydraulic Porta Power w/ Case $80.69
These are the heavy duty 4 ton porta power kits.
* Hydraulic pump that pushes
* Five extension rods: 3", 5" , 10", 18" & 21"
* Ram stroke: 5"
* Rubber ball foot
* 2 rubber padded feet: 2-1/2" & 4-1/2"
* Duckbill spreader
* Snap couplings
* Threaded connectors
* 6' Hydraulic hose
* High impact carrying case
http://www.nationalonlinesales.com/s...uct.asp?ID=741

To me it looks like the Cummins would be the best buy, what do you think?

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Old 06-22-2004, 08:20 PM
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ALL the above are China made. I bought a 4-ton Blackhawk (USA) back in the seventies and wished I had gone to the 10-ton from day one. In the mid eighties I managed a tool store and started comparing the different units and they are all virtually the same. Copies of the Blackhawk. So I bought a 10-ton. Now with all the fittings and adapters I can push, pull, stretch, or destroy anything in about a ten foot area. A very handy tool.
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Mac Tools will sell you that exact same 10 ton package (with a different sticker) for over $400. That there is an excellent deal.

I'm still steamed at Mac Tools...

Mac marks that up 300%

all those are good deals.
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I have to tell you, this advice of mine goes against every other tool advice I will ever give. That being buy the most you can afford, at least "mid level" S&K, Craftsman Professional, that sort of thing.
But with the portapower, I have to say, I have a cheap Chinese $99.00 unit that I have had for 20 years! I have been using it on the job for 20 years! I think it is one cheapie tool that will do the job for you.

As long as there isn't a bunch of guys beating it up, it will last and do the job. This is not true with all cheapie tools, some will not do the correct job even once. They are not worth wasting the money. But the portapower, I think the cheapie will do the job for you.
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Sounds good

Thanks guys.

I'm going to go for the cheap 10 ton.

I know what you mean about MAC tools milo.

They do charge a bunch don't they.
I've gotten a fairly good deal on used stuff once in a while though.
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Shipping outragous!

Holy Smokeroonies!

Cummins wants 46.00 shipping for UPS ground. Shoot, I think I'd better look around for a place a little closer to home!
(the closest store they have is in Kansas.)

milo, you live around here, what about that tool place down in holister? Do you thing they'd have a deal?
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I can't believe I am going to say this, I just can't believe it. How about H....H.....H...I don't know if I can. Har.....Har....Harbor....OK Harbor Freight! are you happy?!!!



I don't know any down Holister way (I use to service the NAPA auto parts there when I was a rep) but here in Newark a few miles north of you is one. They have them for you.

But please, don't buy anything else there, it is such JUNK.

My little windmill I bought there for my yard is cute though.

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I can't believe I am going to say this, I just can't believe it. How about H....H.....H...I don't know if I can. Har.....Har....Harbor....OK Harbor Freight! are you happy?!!!

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My little windmill I bought there for my yard is cute though.

Yeah, thanks, I got you there!
I checked their on-line Catalog and didn't find one.
I think I've found one for a couple of bucks more in So. Cal. Shipping about $20. I'll find out in the morning.

I'd like to just run somewhere and pick one up but you can't really match the internet prices usually.
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