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    Harbor Freight Hydraulic Press With Bells & Whistles

    Like a number of other idiots, I bought a $180 Harbor Freight 20 ton press and then proceeded to pour over $500 into it. Oh well, here's the result.

    Mods include:

    Casters
    Pinned the plates
    Air over hydraulic jack
    Boat winch for table
    Individual grade 8 bolts
    Needle bearing guide rollers
    Swag finger brake
    Knob made from turned down timing pulley
    Shaft collars on ends of table pins

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    Thanks tmate3! We've added your Press Modifications to our Brakes and Presses category,
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    I bought one of those presses some 5 years ago, painted it in the Gulf Oil colors, used it once, then took it back apart and put it into storage because I inherited my dad's circa-1979 Taiwanese 12-ton press. Haven't touched it since.

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    I've done similar upgrades to my HF press but I added one more bell, or whistle, a foot operated air valve...
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    I bought the 12 ton press when I was putting together several HK rifle receivers. I did what I could to stiffen up the unit, but nothing like what you have done here. I think that I may have to revisit my alterations, and go more for what you have here. I especially like the rollers and the knob for the jack. Nothing more frustrating than trying to use the OE bar for tightening and loosening the valve on the jack.



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