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Old 12-10-2017, 06:46 PM   #1
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Default 20 Ton hydraulic mini press

Has anyone on here built a mini press? I am about to start the process this week. It will be for blacksmithing use. It will be 26 total height with 10 between the uprights. Here are my plans that I drew up on PowerPoint.
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Old 12-11-2017, 12:15 AM   #2
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It would be alot stronger if you did away with the square tubing and use the 4" I beam for everything.

Take and box in the top, middle and bottom pieces. By that I mean weld 3/16" or 1/4" plate on both sides of the I beam. Doing this will add alot of stiffness/spine to it.

Does the middle be adjust/moveable or is it stationary/welded in place?
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The middle will travel with the ram travel. I know I beam for everything would make it stronger but Im sure this set up with double 2 square tubing for the top and middle with 1/4 plate welded on both sides of each will handle 20tons.


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Old 12-12-2017, 08:09 AM   #4
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Please do a follow along thread so we can see, this is on my list of stuff to build
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Old 12-12-2017, 10:44 AM   #5
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I would build it like most all 20 ton presses are built, and use channel iron as my table.

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Old 12-12-2017, 01:52 PM   #6
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I've been reading on presses a bit lately. You'll have several challenges with a small press, best I can tell. First and foremost, you've got to plan for ram speed. Your tonnage won't come into play if you only get 2 squishes per heat. Second, as the others said, you've got to plan for strength.

I haven't been able to find a good version of a benchtop forging press. While it seems like it must be theoretically possible, there have to be reasons nobody's building one.
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