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    I've found a local deal for a 20 ton press, HF variety, in good shape and cheaper than I can pass up.

    Now my question....I don't do any automotive work, so what could I do with it? I was imagining punching place, or notching square tube, or angle. But I can't seem to find dies that would do that.

    So any ideas about suppliers, or a primer of shop tools somewhere? I also have questions about a slip roll, and what the wire guides do.


    Thanks,
    Skymeat

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    Bend straight things, straighten bent things, press bearings on and off, punch leather or plastic with dies. Most home shops use a hole saw and jig to notch tubing; I think press notching is more of a production line make 10,000 of these so its worth the cost of a dedicated hold down and die set.
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    • #3
      You could make or buy press accessories to do some ironworker machine functions. Notching sheet metal or angle, press break for sheet metal.



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      • #4
        Originally posted by Skymeat View Post
        I've found a local deal for a 20 ton press, HF variety, in good shape and cheaper than I can pass up.

        Now my question....I don't do any automotive work, so what could I do with it? I was imagining punching place, or notching square tube, or angle. But I can't seem to find dies that would do that.

        So any ideas about suppliers, or a primer of shop tools somewhere? I also have questions about a slip roll, and what the wire guides do.


        Thanks,
        Skymeat
        I foolishly sold my much better than HF press ten years ago, and I just bought the HF unit. It's on sale for $169.99 as a reference point top what you're looking at. If you have the room, get it.

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        • #5
          I use mine for so much i wonder how i got along without it. I staighten lots of bent parts. I also use mine for broaching keyways for some custom pulleys i make and sell. I also plan on using it with the bed removed as a grantry lift with a chain hoist to pick my old south bend lathes off the floor and onto the feet. Oh and removing and installing U joints in driveshafts as well as push in and out bearings...Bob
          Attached Files
          Bob Wright, Grandson of Tee Nee Boat Trailer Founder
          Metal Master Fab
          Salem, Ohio
          Birthplace of the Silver & Deming Drill
          http://www.ceilingtrains.com/
          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sawking/
          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/southbend10k/

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          • #6
            another thread on HF shop presses
            glen, been there, done that and probably broke it!If you aren't on the edge. You'r taking up to much room

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            • #7
              Looks like my garage back there! I just inherited a 4Runner as a project, so I'm picking one up for sure with the current sale & 20%coupon(Should be 159.99).

              There's a guy north of me selling parts/kits for the HF presses too(among a few other handy HF addons):

              Brake Conversion:
              http://www.swagoffroad.com/20_Ton_Press_Brake.html

              Press Plates:
              http://www.swagoffroad.com/Arbor_Press_Plates.html

              Do you guys have link to others doing similar stuff?

              Thanks,
              Ed

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