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Picked-up a nice 20 ton shop press off Craig's list today. Only $50! Still need to move it downstairs to the shop (it is heavy and awkwardly shaped).
 

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Good find.
I've been looking for a good used press for a couple of years (guess I don't really need one too bad?). Usually if you find one the seller wants way too much.
 

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But when you need one..... I use mine for forming, broaching, staking, setting and pressing out bearings, lastly, straightening bar stock. A press is a wonderful machine to have.
 

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Nice score. :congrats: If you take the jack off and the table it will be lighter and easer to move. oh and :you suck:
 

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Would be nice to have a press like that, good find! being it appears to be bolted together just take it apart and move it?
 

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I made my own benchtop model. I used bed frames , welded them up. It's indespensible. In the past I broke a vise from over tightening it to press something. I had a part that was stuck and made it to release the part. Glad I did, with a 2 ton bottle it took all of that. I now have a 6 ton jack, the unit was overbuilt, so I think I should be ok . Now I wish it were bigger. I have used it many times, to bend metal, to flatten it, to press bearings. Amazing how useful
 

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My would recommend taking apart and moving it in pieces. That way you can also verify all the bolts are good etc.
Nice, and have fun.
 

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Thanks all! Yeah, it think I will be taking out the top 4 bolts. That will allow me to take it downstairs in three pieces. Looking forward to using it!
 

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Move complete! I think I am going to have to build one of those break press attachments for it in the future . That looks pretty handy.
 

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Looks good. Now all you need is one of these.

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Looks good. Now all you need is one of these.
Is that an air-powered intensifier? How well does it work? The pump handle sticking out at
eye level is a bit of a nuisance.
 

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I might have to upgrade to one of those air over hydraulic units some day (when I have a spare $120). For now, I added some less costly castors to make the unit mobile. Kind-of handy in my smallish (and presently dirty) shop.
 

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I am a little curious, how do you guys with castors on your presses prevent them from moving around on you when you are using it? I think I'd have a problem with that.
 

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You could use casters with brakes. Mine is happy in one spot, but I have a fair amount of room. Mike
 

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You could use casters with brakes. Mine is happy in one spot, but I have a fair amount of room. Mike
Mike,

True, but I have found that locking casters are a pain to deal with and are not nearly as free from movement as I'd like. I have the room too, mine is mounted on rubber leveling pads. I can visualize fighting press location while using it with casters, I'd struggle with that. To me it is like a vice, needs to be solid and to hold the work in one place. I can put some big and awkward parts in my press. I have on rare occasions pivoted (walked) the press on the leveling pads to gain some extra room. Now mind you, my press is only a little 12 ton HF.
 
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Replacing the top four long bolts with eight short grade 5 bolt/nuts make a huge difference in rigidity. This also allows you to really square up the frame work.
 

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I have not put the castors on yet, but have to move things around just to get access to use it. and if need to pull it out for something bigger than just a small part or to adjust height, then have to move it out. Which also involves moving Air Compressor and Mig. One of the things I though of was a set of castors on a lever action where I could pull the rod and raise it onto the castors, and released it would set back down on the brackets.
 

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for normal use broaching, bending, setting bearings, low pressure use the press doesn't move. it does move when I try to max it out ( 20 tons) but it doesn't take much to hold it still bill
 

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I used two braking casters on one side. Even with the brakes off it seems stable enough.
 
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Mike,

True, but I have found that locking casters are a pain to deal with and are not nearly as free from movement as I'd like. I have the room too, mine is mounted on rubber leveling pads. I can visualize fighting press location while using it with casters, I'd struggle with that. To me it is like a vice, needs to be solid and to hold the work in one place. I can put some big and awkward parts in my press. I have on rare occasions pivoted (walked) the press on the leveling pads to gain some extra room. Now mind you, my press is only a little 12 ton HF.
my jump punch has 4 locking casters and it moves. (i do like being able to move it tho')
don't think i would want a press on wheels
 

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A couple days ago I 3d printed a knob for the release screw, which makes my press so much more convenient. I posted it here if you would like one.
 
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