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SteveU 05-02-2009 12:51 PM

Is the HF press a decent shop press?
Looking for a decent shop press to do general automotive work & someone mentioned the HF version. Given that HF quality varies greatly from item to item, is this a worthwhile tool or not? This will be used in a home shop not commercially. These are the ones I have been looking at.

powerrodsmike 05-02-2009 02:25 PM

We had one of those at the fiberglass shop, ain't too much can go wrong with a press...we wound up putting a better 20 ton jack, because the HF one drizzled out all it's juice, but it worked ok for the intermittant use we needed it for...

The fit was cheesy, and the table kinda wobbled around, and made any kind of precision setup an exercise in frustration, but we just made a set of wedges to hold the table steady, and it worked fine.

The cast press plates wound up being absolute trash, but those got replaced with some 1" American steel plates.

I have a Ramco 55 ton press (about the same as Carolina) for the price I couldn't beat it..It even says it's made in the USA.

That Sunex press in your links says it's made in the US, with the exception of the jack, if you got that, at least you can say you bought something made by americans. :)

Later, mikey

ChevyTruckGuy 05-02-2009 03:46 PM

I have the 12 ton one its a cheapo press. If I remember right there was not much difference.


gazim 05-02-2009 04:03 PM

Most of harbor's stuff is ok for the occasional user, They will guarantee most things without question.

SteveU 05-02-2009 04:45 PM

Mainly looking to be able to press out bushings, ball joints, & the like as well as press the new ones back in. While a 50 ton Dake would be nice, for the amount I'd be using it in a home shop I can't justify the price.

capta1n 05-02-2009 05:04 PM

Is the HF press a decent shop press?
I bought one of these a couple years ago. It works ok. Nothing special about it. But has saved me lots of time when I have been in a pinch. My only real complaint about it would be the bolts a loose in the holes. When you put some pressure on a part the unit has a tendency to lean to the right. Adding an X to the back of the frame with some some cable or strap will help prevent this movement.
Good luck. j.L>

gazim 05-03-2009 06:26 AM

I never bought one, made due with a large vice and some old sockets to
press U-joints apart and what ever small jobs I had.(have a good vice)

OneMoreTime 05-03-2009 09:31 AM

Looking at that Omega gives me an idea of making one using my porta power for the jack..only ten ton but then i don't use one that often..


cranky1 05-03-2009 09:42 AM

A guy I know from another board got fed up with the China made crap and couldn't afford to spend big bucks on an American made unit so he built his own. Not hard at all if you have a drill press, saw and welding machine. I have a 12 ton 'made in USA' and I maxed it out several times and wish it was a bit heavier but so far, it's done everything I've asked of it for the last 20 years and it's still on the same bottle jack! Ya might check out Craigslist for one. I see them quite often in the Houston one. Use the search box....

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