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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-10-2000, 09:26 PM
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Where to buy PRESS

Where can I buy a press (arbor?). I want one to help when I do my R&P setup. How much would one cost? JC Whitney has a 1 ton arbor press listed for $34.99, but it only has a 5 1/2" working height. I this what I need to press on/off bearings, will it work on a R&P job. If not what is the correct terminology I should be using when I ask around. Thanks.

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Re: Where to buy PRESS

try doing a searching on:
Northern Hydraulics
Harbour Freight

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Re: Where to buy PRESS

try Harbor Freight they have all kinds of tools Harborfreight.com
look for A-frame floor presses ...they are just steel frames with a hydraulic bottle jack in them ...this is what they used to press my wheel bearings on at Pep Boys when I changed to one piece axels.
If I could find (lazy) a source for steel I would build one not much to them

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Re: Where to buy PRESS

i bought my press at local tool store.it was a 12 ton,so i welded up the seams and installed a 20 ton bottle.it works great.saved about $75.00 upgradeing mine to 20 ton.hope this helps ranger rick

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Re: Where to buy PRESS

Let me see...
http://www.jlindustrial.com will have them, but they are VERY expensive on everything.
A catalog from there is a must if you are going to try and do any precision work.
They have sale flyers all the time that have pretty good deals also...
Stick with brand names from them...

http://www.harborfreight .com has reasonable prices, but watch them on the shipping.... (This web site takes forever to come in)
You get what you pay for, and there is a REAL big difference between made in Taiwan and made in China when you are looking at stuff. Most of the made in China is made by slave/ inmate/ political prisoners and isn't worth the shipping charges, to say nothing of the purchase price...

http://www.eastwoodcompany.com has pretty good equipment, but it is expensive. Real time saving stuff though.
They do have a REAL idea catalog.

http://www.goodson.com has some real goodies, but not real cheap.
Another good idea catalog.

http://www.attools.com/Merchant/merchant.mv This is just some place I found messing around on the net one day.

http://www.sktoolstore.com/index.html here is a place I bought some stuff from a while back...

They are pretty easy to make too.
I like the plate type over the rack type that uses a bottle jack, but it's mostly personal preference.
The plate type won't do axles, but it gets things like connecting rod wrist pins in and out straighter, and it presses bearings on straighter.

Small rack types are usually fairly cheap, and are virtually indestructible, so they live forever. It's usually a one time purchase unless you get divorced or start doing heavy equipment.

Good luck.

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