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What adapters do you have for your arbor press ?


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#1 Alc OFFLINE  

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Posted March 26, 2018 - 05:41 AM

I got a HF 20 ton press a week ago and have been thinking on what adapters/attachments to start collecting for it . It comes with steel plates ( from what I've read they used to be cast ) . I have a bearing separator and some short pieces of pipes that I've used in the vise through the years . Saw some pretty cool " press brakes " . I think it should have a way to use different size or shape on the driver . We had a Snap-On 4 ton bench brake that you could put a "V" shaped end for round bending round rods & shafts . 2 different size drivers . Those screw on the ram .


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Posted March 26, 2018 - 05:58 AM

On the 20 ton, you can use a short piece of 2X2X1/4 sq. tube to attach different attachments for it. That's what I used for my vee block to bend metal. Threaded a 5/16" hole for a bolt to hold it on there. Here's the link to the thread. I've used it several times with no issues so far.


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Posted March 26, 2018 - 07:48 AM

Thanks Kenny , I remember your thread you made about it , , great :thumbs:  did you have any issues with the 2" square turning or did the bolt through the side tighten it enough ?


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Posted March 26, 2018 - 08:21 AM

Thanks Kenny , I remember your thread you made about it , , great :thumbs:  did you have any issues with the 2" square turning or did the bolt through the side tighten it enough ?

The bolt holds it real well. I don't remember right now if I did this but there is usually a weld seam inside the tube. Put the bolt opposite that to keep it centered better.


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Posted March 26, 2018 - 08:48 AM

On the 20 ton, you can use a short piece of 2X2X1/4 sq. tube to attach different attachments for it. That's what I used for my vee block to bend metal. Threaded a 5/16" hole for a bolt to hold it on there. Here's the link to the thread. I've used it several times with no issues so far.


This is funny. I was going yo message you to ask what wall thickness your 2x2 was. I'm going to visit my local metal fab shop to get some various materials.

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Posted March 26, 2018 - 08:55 AM

I bought the same press a few weeks ago. I've been searching the web for different attachments. The one Kenny built is one of my favorites simple & functional. I did see a few with different sizes of round stock used where Kenny used the V shape. This would create a nice round bend.
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Posted March 26, 2018 - 09:06 AM

On thin metals, I'll use a section of pipe under the round arbor to make it. May have to make something up out of bar stock to keep it from moving around.


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Posted March 26, 2018 - 12:35 PM

1/4" tube stock on mine won't fit my driver. OS dimensions on the driver are 1 9/16". I had a piece of 1/8" tube stock & that's too big. It looks like 3/16" is what I'll need. Maybe double check every driver before buying tube stock to fit. Some must be different.
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Posted March 26, 2018 - 03:06 PM

I don,t have any bending adapters but I do save old bearing and races and piston pins and other assorted junk parts that come in handy for pressing things apart and back together , I keep them in a small box and I can usually find something that fits what I am working on.


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Posted March 26, 2018 - 03:44 PM

1/4" tube stock on mine won't fit my driver. OS dimensions on the driver are 1 9/16". I had a piece of 1/8" tube stock & that's too big. It looks like 3/16" is what I'll need. Maybe double check every driver before buying tube stock to fit. Some must be different.

Mine is 1.5" od, so I guess the newer models are a bit beefier.


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Posted March 26, 2018 - 06:57 PM

I don't have a press like these yet but the ideas going on here are making me think more seriously about getting one! If a person has a ball joint and u-joint press, some of the adapters in that may be useful with a stand-up press. Like Bill 76, I keep a lot of old scraps that he described around that come in handy bending and pressing with a bench vice or even just a hammer! I also keep old sockets that can be cut and used for drivers or notched for various purposes.

 

Keep the ideas coming!

 

DAC


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Posted March 28, 2018 - 05:34 AM

I measured the driver  on mine and it's  1.590 .  I'll start looking for pipe or tubing with that inside , though if I went with square tubing  say with a  1 1/2" inside I might be able to grind flats on the driver which would keep it indexed when using as a brake press


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