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is this press big enough?

I'm going to be re-gearing my axles myself in a few weeks and I need a press. Do you guys think the harbor freight 12-ton press will work? I know the 20 ton is a good price but I just don't see enough reason to justify getting it. I know a guy with a 50 ton press if I really need something big.


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post #2 of 4 Old 02-14-2011, 01:29 PM
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I'm going to be re-gearing my axles myself in a few weeks and I need a press. Do you guys think the harbor freight 12-ton press will work? I know the 20 ton is a good price but I just don't see enough reason to justify getting it. I know a guy with a 50 ton press if I really need something big.


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For a little more money I would get the 20 ton. I picked one up just before Christmas on sale and used a 20% coupon to get it for $169. The 12 looked too flimsy to me. I made a brake to bend 3/8" steel to build a plow frame and it worked great. Money well spent!
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I used a HF 12 ton for my press when I did my axles on my cj. No issues whatsoever. (also used to to get ball joints out) Get the 12 unless you plan on eventually doing a press brake or using it for somehting beefier.
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I tried to use the harbor freight 12ton and bent the press lower beam befor the crush sleeve budged on my pinion. It worked well for the bearings though.


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