Hydraulic shop press 25 to 40 ton

Martin Owner/Technician New York Posted   Latest  

I am in the market for a hydraulic shop press 25 to 40 ton range but can't seem to justify a good ROI on a new one. A good used will be nice. The newer 25 ton have so little space on the working/table area that you can hardly sit a large workpiece.

Anyone out there willing to part with shop press ?? OR can point me in a good direction pls. Can also consider a press that needs minor refurbishment work.

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
Glenn
 

Hi Martin, Harbor Freight makes a decent 20 ton. I have had mine for years, I simply replaced the jack on it with a 25 ton. If you need a bigger press for larger work, don't go cheap or deal with a used one with problems. What is your most common press job?

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Stephen Owner/Technician
California
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Glenn, what do you think of the steel on the harbor freight one. I always thought it was sketchy every time I looked on it on display. I thought about getting one, but never pulled the trigger on it

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
Glenn
 

Hi Stephen, Any press can be abused/damaged if not set up correctly. The metal on the 20 ton square frame press works real well for me. The 20 ton I have was built decent. I have put it under a lot of stress the past couple of months and it has not let me down. Of course I have heavy anvil beds and assorted plates I use. One thing that will hurt a press quickly is if a part is not pressed…

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
Glenn
 

Redline 40 Ton Air Hydraulic Shop Press | Redline Stands

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Martin Owner/Technician
New York
Martin
 

That's a beautiful press, love the working space and features !!

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Stephen Owner/Technician
California
Stephen
 

Check out Craigslist or Facebook marketplace. Many times you can find heavy duty presses where the seller is moving shops or upgrading equipment

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Kansas Owner/Technician
California
Kansas
 

Talk to Ken Kerr, Just Equipment Company, … He maintains a nationwide database of equipment wanted and offered.

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Jason Mechanic
Washington
Jason
 

Watch craigslist, Costco used to sell a decent one years ago and I missed out on it the wife knew about it and after waiting a couple years for it to come back at Costco she happened across a 100 ton double acting OTC on craigslist for less than a fifth of new. Bought a new pump for it and its overkill for our uses but works great. J

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Martin Owner/Technician
New York
Martin
 

I will follow all of the leads mentioned here. 20 ton is good pumping/force capacity but again I find the working space to be so poor especially in width and that opening directly below the ram (not sure what it is called) We do front wheel bearings, suspension arm bushings, axle bearing, and an occasional manual transmission job.

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Michael Technical Support Specialist
California
Michael
 

For front wheel bearings I'd recommend a dedicated press. I have an OTC that I would let go, but shipping from California would be too much. With a dedicated wheel bearing tool you won't have to remove the knuckle or deal with getting the knuckle positioned correctly for a straight shot.

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Stephen Owner/Technician
California
Stephen
 

I did some research on the hub grappler type of unit for wheel bearings. OTC makes an additional kit (in fact you can buy the set up for a lot less on amazon) that uses air over hydraulic rather than the threaded bolt to install/remove bearing. Super slick set up.

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Scott Owner/Technician
Michigan
Scott
 

I got tired of waiting for a decent used one and bought the 50 ton harbor freight unit I have been pretty happy with it my only gripe with it is the winch positioning to raise/ lower the table and is something I will eventually correct harborfreight​.​com/50-ton-hydraul…

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Chris Technical Support Specialist
New York
Chris
 

I have a 20 ton OTC press frame without a jack I would be willing to part with. Its in South Jersey and within driving distance for you. If your interested I can send pictures. The guide posts where the springs are might need to be straightened a little but they are not load bearing and I have used it with a smaller bottle jack, the old jack blew a seal and I never replaced it.

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Martin Owner/Technician
New York
Martin
 

Thanks Chris …

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Andy Owner/Technician
Oregon
Andy
 

If you have a Jet tools damaged and surplus store near you look there. I’ll warn you if your a tool addict don’t go there seems like every time I go I end up making two trips because there’s not enough room in my full sized truck bed to get it all home. I have a jet 15 and 30 or 35 ton press from there less than half price one was scraped up in shipping paint flaws the other open box no handle…

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Martin Owner/Technician
New York
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Hello team, I have decided to take my chances with the Harbor Freight 50 ton. Looks well built and if the hydraulics does fail I should have some decent options to upgrade. Chris reached out with a very generous offer but I eventually had to decline on the high cost of inland shipping and sea freight. Yes, I am in the Caribbean (St. Lucia) but kept my Brooklyn tag since having relocated.

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