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Old 07-12-2005, 05:07 PM   #1
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Default Arbor press usefulness ?

I don't have room for a shop press but I could sure store a 1 ton arbor press.

My question is, how useful are they ? Does anyone here have one ? What do you use them for ? I was thinking I could flatten the ends of roud tubing with it to make chassis braces and for other welding projects ?

I'm thinking about something like this: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=3552
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Old 07-12-2005, 07:44 PM   #2
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I've often wondered the same thing. I never spent the $ for one, figuring I'd wait until I had room for a hydraulic press.
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Old 07-12-2005, 08:52 PM   #3
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I have a 12 ton shop press from Harbor Freight. It's not the perfect tool for any of these jobs but with an assortment of various tubes, rods, and sockets I have been able to use to r&r control arm bushings, ball joints, sub-frame bushings, and bearing races.

IMHO, an arbor press is limited in what it can do because of it's size. What do you want to use it for?
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Old 07-12-2005, 09:28 PM   #4
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I have a 12 ton shop press from Harbor Freight. It's not the perfect tool for any of these jobs but with an assortment of various tubes, rods, and sockets I have been able to use to r&r control arm bushings, ball joints, sub-frame bushings, and bearing races.

IMHO, an arbor press is limited in what it can do because of it's size. What do you want to use it for?
The others you can get away with a hammer and socket, but bearing races are definatly a reason to buy a press.
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Old 07-13-2005, 11:16 AM   #5
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To me, arbor presses are the way to go. Alot more control and feel when pressing in bearings, shafts, etc.

Would go for a 3 ton model instead. But 1 ton is fine.

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Old 07-13-2005, 11:57 AM   #6
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You will find arbor presses in most machine shops. They are usuallly used to press a mandrell into something with a hole that is already bored, for turning on a lathe. They are also used to press other shafts in or out of things, like filthy shovel made mention of. Using an arbor press to crush tubing wasnt really in its original design, but hey, I have used it to do that too lol.

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Old 07-13-2005, 08:09 PM   #7
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You can get benchtop hyd. presses. Or make one. I made a narrow one to leave at a jobsite were i use it alot. All the tonnage you'll need.
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You can get benchtop hyd. presses. Or make one. I made a narrow one to leave at a jobsite were i use it alot. All the tonnage you'll need.





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Haha man just look at harbor freight presses. Buy some steel and a bottle jack. I'll probably make one in the future.
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Old 07-14-2005, 05:59 PM   #10
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I dont have any pics but at the Hobart site, HankJ is making one and posting alot of pics.
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I find an arbor press easier to use when installing bearings and races in various components. I wouldnt trust a cheap-o harbor frieght chi-com POS to have the ram perpendiculiar to the table. The Arbor Press is square and easier to control
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Old 07-27-2005, 07:21 AM   #12
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I've looked at those harbor freight arbor presses and I would be afraid to put a real strain on it. I would (and am) look for a used Dake if $$ is an issue. My father got one on a big welding table he bought at an auction years back and that thing will take one heck of a beating. I've used that one alot to change u-joints in driveshafts. Way better than a shop press on that job. As far as a shop press, just build your own, you get a lot more for your $$ that way.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:50 PM   #13
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OUTRAGEOUS! The OP is just looking for an excuse to buy another tool - and you're all enabling him!

....and now I need an Arbor Press too - shit.

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Old 02-18-2013, 11:02 PM   #14
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I have a JET arbor press and it's a decent unit, better than I see at HF

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Old 02-18-2013, 11:30 PM   #15
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In my experience you will find that a one ton arbor press won't apply much pressure. I have a four ton press and it is pretty limited in what it will do. I used a ten ton Dake in a machine shop years ago, and it was working pretty hard to broach a 1/2" keyway in a sprocket.

I have an older 20 ton American made hydraulic press (25 ton with a 20 ton Hein Werner jack in it) which is quite useful. It isn't so big as to be cumbersome, but does a lot of work! I rarely need a larger press, and can farm out what little work I have of that size.
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:04 AM   #16
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OUTRAGEOUS! The OP is just looking for an excuse to buy another tool - and you're all enabling him!

....and now I need an Arbor Press too - shit.
I wonder if he got one since it has been a few weeks since his first post.


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OUTRAGEOUS! The OP is just looking for an excuse to buy another tool - and you're all enabling him!

....and now I need an Arbor Press too - shit.
And you deserve one ... and me too.

I was reading your restoration thread and admiring the work you did on the stainless steel trim. That turned out great. I was wondering if an arbour press would be useful for trim restoration if used with some kind of home made punches and dies made out of hard wood.

I've pressed larger sheet metal peices this way with my hydraulic shop press and they've turned out well. For small trim I would think the faster action of a small hand operated arbour press would be a lot better than using a hydraulic press.

With a shop press I've never felt the need for an arbour press but I'm staring to rethink that ... or justifying the excuse to buy another tool.
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And you deserve one ... and me too.
justifying the excuse to buy another tool.
Half price at Princess Auto in this weeks flyer. How's that for enablement
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:40 AM   #19
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Thanks Outlander. At 1 ton that ought to be plenty for what I am thinking of. The throat depth looks to be OK too.

I planned to go to Princess Auto tomorrow. It's less than 5 minutes from where I live. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not.
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They work for crushing aluminum cans too.
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