Harbor Freight 20 Ton Manual Hydraulic Press

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Harbor Freight 20 Ton Manual Hydraulic Press

Postby Urbish » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:09 pm

My brother gave me his 20 Ton bottle jack hydraulic press that he got about 15 years ago. I pre-squashed a beer can and stuck it between the 1" thick cast iron plates that came with the press. I pumped until I started to encounter quite a bit of resistance, then KERPOW! Sparks flew and the halves of both plates went flying in all directions. Luckily none of them hit ME. I think HF is China's way to off us one by one.
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Re: Harbor Freight 20 Ton Manual Hydraulic Press

Postby Urbish » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:10 pm

The beer can is pretty thin. I measured it at .075". This is not my best idea ever.
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Re: Harbor Freight 20 Ton Manual Hydraulic Press

Postby Eugene » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:34 pm

Put a US manufactured 2" thick steel plate on the compression side of the press and you will have a good can flattener.

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Re: Harbor Freight 20 Ton Manual Hydraulic Press

Postby Urbish » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:45 pm

Yeah, I will procure some steel plates from a local machine shop. This was just a 'what if' experiment. In Michigan cans are worth a dime so I usually take them back to the store.
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Re: Harbor Freight 20 Ton Manual Hydraulic Press

Postby Lt.Mike » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:54 pm

Just bought the new version from HF. It’s normally $190 but about 2 weeks ago it went on sale for $145 but I also had a flier for Black Friday showing it’d be $140. Decided I’d pay the extra $5 and get it while I could. Store near me said they had “one”, nope they couldn’t find it but said the store 10 miles away had “one”. :roll:
Ya, not chasing all over for it, just took the rain check. Last Tuesday I called and they said they got their shipment for the Black Friday sale.
So how many of these do you think they got for their big sale? A featured item?
Three, that’s it!
I hightailed it down there and used my rain check. I’ve got mine but that left them with two of them in the store for the sale.
That’s a deceitful thing if you ask me.
I’ll be able to get some projects done with it now but will have to make note to resist making bookmarks from soda cans. ;)
Mike
Ps - looking at the graininess in the broken halves it appears to be cast steel. Forged steel wouldn’t break like that.
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Re: Harbor Freight 20 Ton Manual Hydraulic Press

Postby mozer71 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:50 am

Having read about about these presses, those plates were terrible 15 years ago. They have since gone to steel which doesn't fracture.
Unfortunately, I got a set of the old type for my larger press, before I knew. Face shield is mandatory.


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