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    Anybody have one of these Harbor Freight presses? Are they worth buying instead of building one? They look super simple to fab up, didn't check on materials price yet. THANKS!

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    For the money, they aren't bad. Again, for the money, grab an air/over hydraulic jack in the proper size to replace the manual jack. As I said, for the money they are okay, but you may wish to rebuild sections of the press to add some tolerences to the action, otherwise the press is on the sloppy side unless the table can be clamped totally stationary. Those presses are far from precise, but for the money and the time it would take to gather, cut and weld up a better quality unit it may be the best available option.

    BTW, the base, if you can call it that, is by far the weakest link on the entire press. I've replaced the base on mine with some rectangular box beam and casters. Doesn't help in the least as far as the presses action goes, but it does make it easier to move around the shop and not have to worry about the press tipping over when you are working with it.
    Miller 251...sold the spoolgun to DiverBill.
    Miller DialArc 250
    Lincoln PrecisionTig 275
    Hypertherm 900 plasma cutter
    Bridgeport "J" head mill...tooled up
    Jet 14 X 40 lathe...ditto
    South Bend 9" lathe...yeah, got the change gears too
    Logan 7" shaper
    Ellis 3000 band saw
    Hossfeld bender w/shopbuilt hyd.
    Victor Journeyman torch and gauges
    3 Gerstner boxes of mostly Starrett tools
    Lots of dust bunnies
    Too small of a shop at 40 X 59.

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    • #3
      I agree with WyoRoy. I bought 20 ton for 150.00 with coupon. I made a break for it and it does what I need. I have no problem bending 1/4''x 4'' flat stock.
      Worked great to straighten bend 36'' pipe wrench handle too. At the time I
      couldnot buy material for that money plus the time.

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      • #4
        not bad for the money. I beefed up mine and made a brake. Works great, no problem on 1/4" plate

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        • #5
          I agree with Roy 100%. I also changed mine over to air over hydraulic 2 years ago and still ask myself why I didn't do it earlier.

          Hey Roy, .... that spool gun is still running great.
          Bill

          Miller Dialarc 250 AC/DC
          Miller 251
          Thermodynamics Plasma arc
          Benard "Center Fire" wirefeed gun
          Miller alum. spool gun
          Tweco Tig torch
          Victor O/A torches
          B&D Wildcat 9" grinder
          DeWalt 10 amp 4-1/2" grinders
          7"x12" bandsaw

          A shop that's always going to be to small.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by diverbill45 View Post
            Hey Roy, .... that spool gun is still running great.
            Glad to hear it Bill!
            Miller 251...sold the spoolgun to DiverBill.
            Miller DialArc 250
            Lincoln PrecisionTig 275
            Hypertherm 900 plasma cutter
            Bridgeport "J" head mill...tooled up
            Jet 14 X 40 lathe...ditto
            South Bend 9" lathe...yeah, got the change gears too
            Logan 7" shaper
            Ellis 3000 band saw
            Hossfeld bender w/shopbuilt hyd.
            Victor Journeyman torch and gauges
            3 Gerstner boxes of mostly Starrett tools
            Lots of dust bunnies
            Too small of a shop at 40 X 59.

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            • #7
              Shop press

              Ray C & BD1- how exactly did you set up your brake from the press? Premade die tooling?
              Thanks,
              Doug

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