Hydraulic Press

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I want a hydraulic press, but I don’t want to pay for one.  I figured I could fabricate one relatively cheaply.  Then Princess Auto had a 12-Ton press for about the cost of the steel ($129 – 2015).  Except it just wasn’t as sturdy as I wanted.  So…..

Materials:

  • 20′  – 5″ channel iron cut into:
    • 2 @ 5’6″
    • 4 @ 2’3″
  • 1/2″ plate 8×12″ (two)
  • 2x2x1/4″ square tube – ~2′ long
  • 2x2x3/16″ angle iron  – ~3′ long (two)
  • 1″ SCH40 pipe, ~2′ long
  • 2-1/2×1/4″ flat, ~8″ long, bent 90° at each end (two)
  • 2″ round, welded to the center of the 2×2 tube, counterbored
  • 3/8″ eye bolts
  • Press return springs (two)
  • 3/4×8 grade 8 bolts (two)
  • 1/2×6″ grade 8 bolts (eight)
  • 1/2×2″ grade 8 bolts (twelve)

When it was all done, I was into it for over $200 (2016).  Was it worth it?  Hmmmm……