Hydraulic Shop Press Brake



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One of the most useful things you can have in any shop is a Hydraulic Shop Press. 20 ton presses are available from Northern Tool, Harbor Freight, Grizzly, and other places from 150 bones to over 500 depending on the features. A hydraulic shop press can be used to press in bearings and bushings, straighten or bend metal, and all kinds of other tasks.

There are even press brake attachments that can be used with a hydraulic press that make it even more useful…but even cheap ones are over 300 dollars. (just saw one at northerntool.com for $329)

Swag off road (swagoffroad.com) makes a kit for a DIY for about 150 bucks plus shipping that has all the pieces laser and saw cut….just add welding.

This video shows assembly and welding of the press brake kit. This will give you a heads up for what you are in for if you ever decide to order one.

Or maybe some ideas for building your own…But for me, Its worth 150 bucks to have most of the work done for me and have a quality tool when I am done.

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5 Responses to Hydraulic Shop Press Brake

  1. james prentice on November 21, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    hi fab man looking forward to its completion. over here in Bony Scotland so we thought we were the inventors.

  2. gregg gargan on November 21, 2011 at 6:11 AM

    Audio and video is fine on a Mac running latest OS! Again another great video. I cant believe how much my welding has improved by watching all the vids that are on this site!! Thank you!!

  3. Ron Haass on November 16, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    I see the brake but can’t seem to start the video.

    • Jody Collier on November 17, 2011 at 6:20 PM

      Ron-

      I think the folks having the most trouble are guys using internet explorer. Try downloading Mozilla Firefox (http://mozilla.com) if you’re currently on Explorer. I’ll bet that will fix it. If that doesn’t work, you may need some other updates.

      Regards, Jody

  4. a on November 15, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Neat project. The narration is very quiet & sometimes not audible on your latest videos, compared to weld noise. maybe double check your audio settings. Thanks for the show!

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