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#1 caseguy OFFLINE  

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Posted July 11, 2012 - 07:28 PM

...but I could never justify the expense. That all changed when a friend at work overheard my lamenting that I needed one for a project that I was working on and offered to sell me the one that he and his father built many, many years ago. We came to a price and I picked it up today!

Here it is still on the trailer when I got home.
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...and here it is in the spot that I cleared out performing it's first official duty!
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Posted July 11, 2012 - 07:36 PM

Steve, having a hydraulic press is invaluable. Dad an I bought a used Harbor Freight 20 ton one this past year and we keep finding uses.

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Posted July 11, 2012 - 07:37 PM

Oh, and great looking homemade press there, have fun with it.
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Posted July 11, 2012 - 07:54 PM

I don't know what I'd do without my Arbor Press. I don't use it all the time, but when you need one, you need one! That looks like a good one. :thumbs:

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Posted July 11, 2012 - 07:55 PM

A good press is almost indispensable, and that looks like a good solid one. If you aren't familiar with using one I caution you to always expect the un-expected and use safety gear. A full face shield is a must in my shop even for spectators in other parts of the shop, positioning your main body out of the line of fire is another strongly suggested idea. These things make the impossible job become simple but they can really put the HURT on a person if something slips or cracks. Careful set up and appropriate plates are essential to safe work.
Hope you have many safe years with it, it looks like you could use it forever and then pass it on again.
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Posted July 11, 2012 - 08:27 PM

Jpackard nailed the safety aspects. One heavy piece of metal flying out of there can KILL! That one looks well built! Enjoy it Steve!
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Posted July 11, 2012 - 08:34 PM

Nice press Steve. Perhaps one day I'll get one but I have to find some room first. Be careful with as Jpackard said.
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Posted July 11, 2012 - 08:49 PM

Safety First...but that is one cool lookin press, and as others have indicated you're gonna end up finding many uses for it...GL and congrats on your new tool...
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Posted July 11, 2012 - 10:09 PM

That looks like a very well built press! It's hard to tell it is homemade even. Good luck with it!
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Posted July 12, 2012 - 12:05 AM

Nice looking pres Steve. As the others said. Be careful.
Did you get the shaft out of the wheel?
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Posted July 12, 2012 - 02:37 AM

Nice press. Glad you could get it! Looks like it will serve you well!
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Posted July 12, 2012 - 04:55 AM

Very nice addition to your shop. I'll second the safety caution. I was bending a spindle for an MF8 and the piece of round I was using for an anvil shattered,sending pieces flying. I should have known better because it was a piece of scrap steel that had been through many thermal cycles in it's previous life.
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Posted July 12, 2012 - 07:36 PM

Did you get the shaft out of the wheel?


Yes I did!




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