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Unread 11-03-2015, 09:42 PM   #1
AtTheHelm
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ATH's Swag 40" Press Brake build

I've been wanting more capacity for forming plate than I have with my Swag finger brake with a harbor freight 20t shop press.. So I pulled the trigger on their 40" version.

First things first, ordered the brake kit and got her all welded together.


I am not a mechanical engineer, so I didn't want to mess around on this and possible underestimate the forces involved. I went with standard 6 x 12.5 I beam for the frame, and 1/4" plate to reinforce the top and bottom. I also made the bottom bed fixed rather than adjustable with pins.
Here is the initial basic design I drew up in CAD:


Ordered the cnc plasma cut plate from my local parts cutter along with the I beam and got to building.





Not quite finished with it, I'm waiting for another air/hydro jack from HF and have a few pcs to add to it. Hopefully I can get it all done this week and get it painted.

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Unread 11-05-2015, 11:56 AM   #2
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Looks pretty stout with those plates
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Looks pretty stout with those plates
Thanks Daniel yeah it's got some beef to it..
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Unread 11-07-2015, 03:28 PM   #4
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Got the press brake all finished up and painted. Tested it with a 36" long pic of 3/16" and it works pretty good!




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