I've got one of the Harbor Freight A-frame units for use in restoring my '61
TBird. Believe mine is the 13 ton (?) one -- cost $99. Works great for
general pressing, but I found two problems. (1) top frame is just two steel
plates mounted on-edge. I've bent them from being slightly off-center on
occasion. Look for press with an I-beam on top. I made one of my own to
replace the plates. (2) Size the beast to fit what you plan to be pressing.
Couldn't quite fit a Ford rear axle in to press off wheel bearings (axle was
too long). Could press new bearings on however, just due to geometry (it's a
long story, but you get the picture). Actually never ran into a situation
where I'd need a bigger (20+ ton) unit. Unit has saved me a ton of bucks
(pardon the pun) and aggravation by not having to rely on a commercial shop.
I'm looking for a press to use in my home workshop. I normally use a
a friends shop, but it is a bit inconvenient. Browsing through the
catalog, I see a whole bunch of different rated presses. Anyone willing
Do I need a 45 ton unit? Or can I get by with a 20 ton unit?
What about the working range? Anyone have any problems with the lower
of the working range? (like the ones rated 8.5" Minimum.) I would think
range needs a minimum of 0" (Lower end) to be more useful.
What about the 'A' frame units compared to the regular square units?
I'll be using the press mostly to remove bearings from axles or pressing
broken lug nuts from the hubs. (I don't like the hammer method. <g>)