Introduction: Quick and Ugly 2 Ton Press
I made a 2 ton press as fast a possible and no money spend.
For what i was going to use it, i did not care about looks nore did i care about acurracy
My English skills are as bad as my building skills. (not a joke!)
Step 1: Scrap That I Had Collecting Dust for Years
This is what i started out with.
On this moment i had no idea how i was going to build the press.
1. U profile.
2. 2 old front wheel springs(from aircraft Rans s-12).
3. ranctangular bar.
4. 2 Ton press.
- 2 old wheel holders (didn't use it)?
Step 2: The Base
so Measuring a piece i needed to be able to put in the press i knew i wanted the press to be 60 cm high and in width 40 cm.
So i did some 3 second engineering and made my base 40 by 40.
Step 3: Sidebars and Top
I welded to 2 U profiles facing inwards to accommodate the springs that i will build in later.
I drilled a hole in the middle of the top U profile facing upwards and welded the press piston directly to it.
knowing if i ever wanted to re-use te press i will just buy a new one they only cost 10 euro.
You've probably been face palming you're head pretty hard noticing the u profile being upwards,
yes, i did bend so i will weld a U profile facing to the front to accommodate for the bending.
Step 4: Spring System
Only having these springs i decided to mount them to the bottom.
the centre bar is just a scrap i found that fits in the U Profile.
Pro tip: never ever never ever try the the press before securing the springs, you will get your head slapped various times by the same spring.(True story)
so i took a L bracket and welded it to the centre bar so the cannot spring out i did the same on the bottom.
the still had the tendency to bend in the middle so putting a clamp(round thingy)? to the centre fixed the problem.
Step 5: The Base
I welded 2 U profiles (Facing forwards) to each side o the side bars and put a little plate on each side to hold the spring and for having a hole in the centre.
Rethinking i will make the plates a little longer the centre hole is way to big
Step 6: Professional Painting
I took a can of paint i had holding up my table and spray painted till it stopped.
I build the press in about 3 hours from concept to finish, my goal was to do it as quickly as possible spend no money and only use scraps
i thinks that reflex in my build.
In the future i want to use a 14 ton press to build a proper one.
other kind of profiles, ajustable base, etc
If you survived the horribleness from start to finish.
Ps: you will never get that time back
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