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Unread 08-17-2010, 11:11 PM   #1
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Hydraulic Press

I'm rebuilding a transmission (and I will actually probably be rebuilding another two in the next few months). Can this be done without a hydraulic press? I suppose it would make my life easier to buy a press. I found this one on HF for a little over $200 shipped, 20 ton press.

20 Ton Shop Press

Should I buy it? I don't know if I would have any other use for it, though. What else do you use a press for? :P

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Unread 08-18-2010, 06:37 AM   #2
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I don't know if you need it but you can make your own with some iron and a bottle jack. Even if you have to buy a bottle they're always good to have around.
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Unread 08-18-2010, 08:27 AM   #3
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I'm rebuilding a transmission (and I will actually probably be rebuilding another two in the next few months). Can this be done without a hydraulic press? I suppose it would make my life easier to buy a press. I found this one on HF for a little over $200 shipped, 20 ton press.

20 Ton Shop Press

Should I buy it? I don't know if I would have any other use for it, though. What else do you use a press for? :P
We have that press in our shop. Works pretty good. Use it for getting old rubber bushings out of leaf main eyes etc.
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Unread 08-18-2010, 08:31 AM   #4
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A friend of mine with the back yard shop I use to do all the work on my Jeep (and his CJ) has that press and it's worked great. I mean it's not the most elaborate setup or whatever, but it does what it does just fine.
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Unread 08-18-2010, 10:51 AM   #5
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I use mine for regearing differentials and stuff(pressing pinion and carrier bearings on), crushing random stuff(), and most recently I built a small die for a "press brake" which can bend up to 1/4" steel into 90 degree bends. There's a thread about it in the Fab shop forum.

It's a good deal, may not use it too often, but when you need it, it's invaluable.
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It's a good deal, may not use it too often, but when you need it, it's invaluable.
X2, Ive been wanting one for a little while but Im kind cheap so I am building my own, I have about $100 into it since I bought metal for it instead of using some I already had.
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Unread 08-18-2010, 08:25 PM   #7
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I have the 12 ton version from HF in my shop that I bought on sale at the store locally for $89.

12 Ton Shop Press

I have rebuilt multiple transmissions & have done MANY other projects with it with no complaints.

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Unread 08-18-2010, 09:18 PM   #8
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Is the press necessary for rebuilding a trans, or does it just make it much easier?
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Unread 08-18-2010, 09:28 PM   #9
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Is the press necessary for rebuilding a trans, or does it just make it much easier?
Absolute necessity. That's why I bought the press to begin with.

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Unread 08-18-2010, 09:31 PM   #10
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Absolute necessity. That's why I bought the press to begin with.

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Ha, that makes the decision even easier! :P
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Unread 08-18-2010, 09:33 PM   #11
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Ha, that makes the decision even easier! :P
Yep. You'll see mine in use if you look in my AX-15 rebuild thread.

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Unread 08-18-2010, 09:37 PM   #12
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Yep. You'll see mine in use if you look in my AX-15 rebuild thread.

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Yeah, I was reading that thread the other day. I saw it in use in quite a few pictures and felt I'm probably a bit unprepared for my project.

I got my SM465 open the other day, though it's on a temporary hold. I'm having trouble removing the rear yoke nut. I'm not sure what the thing is torqued to, but it's only supposed to be 95 ft-lbs. I even had to borrow the ratchet and socket from somebody because I don't own a 1-13/16" socket nor a 3/4" drive ratchet.
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Unread 09-26-2010, 12:44 PM   #13
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I bought the 20 ton press today. Only $200!
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