A few years ago I built a hydraulic tubing bender and have been using it nearly every day since. Recently I got a williams tubing notcher and converted it to hydraulic using the tubing benders power unit. The next piece of equipment I need in the shop is a hydraulic punch press. I dont have the $$ to buy one so I plan to build it.
I have not used a punch press before so I am researching and comparing pics on the internet. I came across this homemade punch press which I really like its simple design. It functions the same way as the hydraulic notcher I built, so I am confident I can make this punch press as well.
I am still unclear on the types of punch presses and their tooling. It seems like there are two?? One that uses a self contained die set like this.
And the other type being like the punch press pictured. Can someone explain the differences here?