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Posted March 14, 2018 - 07:41 AM

I see harbor Fright has their 12 ton press on sale for $99 , does anyone have one and is good or  go with the larger 20 ton ?

 

 

 

 

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Posted March 14, 2018 - 07:43 AM

Use it like it was intended and you will get a long fine.  I got the 20 T only because it was on sale when I needed one.


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Posted March 14, 2018 - 07:44 AM

I don't know much about the 12 ton but just bought the 20 ton Monday. Looked at the 12 ton and it's shorter and smaller naturally. After seeing the 2 in person, I opted for the 20.

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Posted March 14, 2018 - 07:48 AM

I have a 20 ton also and have not had issues with it. Don't abuse it either. Thought it best to get the big one as less chance of over working it.


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Posted March 14, 2018 - 08:50 AM

Are you in a hurry? I bought a used American made 30 ton for $100 off of CL. The thing is 30+ years old but big and really heavy duty. It also came with close to 100 pounds of adapters that the owner bought and made. If you take your time, you may find one on CL. There are 2 on my CL right now but both are over priced. Decide what and when you need it. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted March 14, 2018 - 09:25 AM

I got a 15ton from CL a few years ago, use it all the time, mine is a Dayton brand (AKA Grainger) I dunno, not much from HF has ever appealed to me.
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Posted March 14, 2018 - 09:37 AM

The only complaint I have about my HF 20 ton is there is a fair amount of play between the main frame sides and the part that the jack moves when you're pumping it.  I was thinking about using an old white plastic cutting board as a shim to reduce that play.


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Posted March 14, 2018 - 10:25 AM

Sounds like I'll pass on the 12 ton . The sale being $99 caught my eye . It's one of those tools I would only use it a few times a year but be handy I'm sure for other things I've seen you member have come up with .


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Posted March 14, 2018 - 10:46 AM

Wouldn't waste my money on the 12T.  Bought one a few years ago as I was replacing front end bushings on my 70 Satellite.  Never even finished assembling it before taking it back, junk.  Borrowed a friends 20T & it performed well enough.  Like most HF stuff, tolerances aren't the best.


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Posted March 14, 2018 - 10:48 AM

I just went though old emails from HF and they had the 20 ton press on  sale that ended 3/11 :wallbanging:


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Posted March 14, 2018 - 11:40 AM

I have never had a problem with HF tools.  I use them but I can't afford to abuse any of my tools, weather they are HF, Kolbolt, NAPA of what brand is stamped on them.  Some people can tear up an anvil.  


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Posted March 14, 2018 - 12:43 PM

I have never had a problem with HF tools.  I use them but I can't afford to abuse any of my tools, weather they are HF, Kolbolt, NAPA of what brand is stamped on them.  Some people can tear up an anvil.

Very true, but sometimes in the most "gentle" of usage alot of the cheap brands just don't hold up.
I have tried to buy the cheap grade several times when it was something that I Know won't be used very much maybe something I will use one time and never again, and dang near every time I gotta exchange it for a new one before I finished that 1 job, or had to go get a"better" grade of the same thing just to get me thru that one task

CL, eBay, and garage sales have been more helpful to me in those instances than HF will ever be.
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Posted March 14, 2018 - 08:15 PM

If you have magazines, the tools are cheaper or couponed cheaper in those than in the sales flyers. Not sure why prices are all over the place on the items. I have the 20, it just seemed bigger and more up to my height to use and such, and was only another $50 or so.  It has not been used much, but what I did do was pretty easy. I HAVE broken many items too, but found just because I didn't know how to brace close enough to what I was pushing on. A fella Millwright buddy showed me some tips. I have had even this lock up on me, just comes to stop when it gets tight. I don't force, get out the oils and come back next day or later anyway. Then, a little more tweak and the item may break loose. OR, the item may make terrible snaps and jerks letting loose also, quite a startlement!  Once you are over the initial snap, the rest is less and once oiled if can, seems to go away on next pushes.


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Posted March 16, 2018 - 09:28 AM

Just got a HF email with the 20 ton arbor press on sale I'm going to get one , well   will be sending my wife on a HF run tomorrow , we are supposed to work 16 hours tomorrow and Sunday so she'll run down with the truck , I would think there will be someone there to load it for her .


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Posted March 16, 2018 - 10:39 AM

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