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Old 03-07-2004, 06:09 PM
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i'm looking at shop presses for pressing bushings for my control arms, also for pressing on bearings for rear end setup, and other press type jobs. What kind type of press should i be looking at? would it be easy to make one? and what would you want for a max pressing power?

i have a spare bottle jack, and access to a ton of metal working tools if it is possible.

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HEY DB: Harbor Frieght sells one which is basically a metal frame with a bottle jack. It sure looks like you could build one very easy. Give it a try....DAVE
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Old 03-08-2004, 12:58 PM
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I built a small one as a school project. I've actually gotten some use out of it considering its small size. I'll whip a sketch and send it to you. What's the capacity is your jack??
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I built a small one as a school project. I've actually gotten some use out of it considering its small size. I'll whip a sketch and send it to you. What's the capacity is your jack??
think 3 tons, could go get another one if it's not enough, but i don't know how much force you'd need to press on bearings and bushings
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My press at home is a ten tonner, the jacks are still reasonable size and price. made mine from an old discarded mobile home tongue assembly and some other "scrap" metal, most people think it was purchased cause I painted it a Funky green color thirty years ago. If you need that much pressure you are pressing from the wrong side!
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I have had one of the Harbor Freight 12 ton bottle jack floor type for at least 10 years. We have been through many adventures together and it is still chugging along.
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Iv'e had my HF 12 ton for about 5 years and Iv'e maxed it out way to many time but it takes a licking and keeps on ticking. I wouldn't consider them if you are going to use them full time but for the average at home shop you can't beat the price and they get the job done.
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I've got a bench top 6 ton press from Northern Tool. I bought it for front end work when I lived in a house that didn't have a garage. Its really handy for pressing ball joints and bushings. Haven't ever done any rear end work requiring a press yet so I'm not sure if I'll need to buy another when I get to it or not.
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Man...I totally forgot to do the sketch. Crazy busy lately, but I will try to send you something by next week.
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Man...I totally forgot to do the sketch. Crazy busy lately, but I will try to send you something by next week.
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3 tons will prove to be too light for rear end work. I'd go at least 12-15 tons. A friend of mine broke an import 10 ton press trying to get the bearings off of his ford 9" third member. I don't remember which import house he got it from.
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I built mine about 8 years ago and have made dies for bending up to 1/4"plate for making brackets and suspension components.
Mine has a imported 20 ton bottle jack and I've max'ed it out on a few occasions trying to press parts on or off shafts.
A good press can be used to punch holes,shear,bend and brake steel of most any thickness you would ever use in a small shop.
My brother's press has dies to bend up to 2"solid steel shafting and form his own collector tubes for headers,just to name a few jobs his can do. I don't know how many tons his ram is but it's well over 50 tons....8" or 10" bore ram times 2200psi on the powerpack that runs it.
I say build it as big and strong as you can justify and use a small jack for now and if you want later you can increase the ram size to do other work,as needed.
like the old saying..........GO BIG OR STAY HOME
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If you watch for a sale, you can pick up a Harbor Freight 20 tonn unit cheaper than you can go buy all the steel. There are more than good enough for a home shop.
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