You are correct that the 6-ton press is too light for anything
automotive. I recently bought the 20-ton HF H-press for $169 on sale. It
will do everything I need to do.
Sure, you can take your pieces to the local auto supply or machine
shop, and probably save money. But having the press eliminates (1) waiting
until the next day when the busniess is open so (2) the 16-year-old delivery
driver can mutilate your (perhaps irreplaceable) parts in time for you to
(3) pick them up later that day or the next. It's convenience and control
that you gain.
I'll buy a tool if I can afford it.
Rex "The one who dies with the most toys wins" Burkheimer
J-CON Coordinator, WM Automotive Whse Fort Worth TX
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From: Matt Liggett <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: shop talk <email@example.com>
Date: Thursday, July 01, 1999 7:23 PM
Subject: Re: shop press
>On Wed, Jun 30, 1999 at 09:41:55AM -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
>> I want to buy a press. Any ideas on what to look for?
>My only advice: DON'T buy the 6-ton HF press. I bought it, just got
>done with a wheel-bearing ordeal. The thing is too narrow to support
>the steering knuckle from my SAAB with the bearing properly centered.
>I managed to do it, but it wasn't really safe or sane. Also, the
>6-ton output appears marginal. I'm selling mine, now. At a loss.
>When will I learn? I should have just paid the local shop to do it
>and saved my pennies for a better tool. When I get back from my
>vacation (in November), I'll be looking for a better press. But I'll
>probably look for some huge, old 1950s behemoth that weighs a zillion
>tons. The electric/pneumatic one they have at a local machine shop
>sure works slick.
>Matt Liggett <email@example.com>