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Old 06-07-2011, 06:51 PM   #1
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Need a Shop Press: Questions?

Need a Shop Press: Questions?

I need to get a shop press to change out some bushings in my control arms, but also want to be able to do wheel studs and press on axle bearings. I don't want to spend over $250 and would like at least a 20 ton unit.

There are 2 versions from Harbor Freight I am looking at. Does anyone have any experience these? Or know why an A-frame would be better than an H-frame?

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We use them at work. I would think the A frame is stronger but in your case, both would work fine How bout a smaller bench style press? We have one of those also and we use it for a bunch of things, more than the bigger press

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I am going with the top unit and do have a coupon to pick it up for $169. They have them at the Fort Collins location, so I will just stop in.

I also plan on getting these Brake Plates from Swag to expand the usefulness of the press. This is the main reason I have decided to go with this over the A type or a bench unit.

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I've used my HF H frame for tons of things. Works great and got it on sale. I have made my own tooling for it for specific things but other than that it works fine.
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The H one looks much thinner than the A frame.

also be carefull with those. I had a friend in high school using one to push in a new bushing and it slipped of and hit him in the ribs... 5 tons on the press at the time... that hurt.

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