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Bushing/Bearing Press: how many ton is useful?

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  • Bushing/Bearing Press: how many ton is useful?

    hi, I'm finally getting a bearing press, before I rebuild my Flightomatic... No more vise and hammer jobs. Looking at them online, range from 10 ton to 500 ton!!! (where do you need 500 ton!??) Seems a 10 or 20 ton hydraulic press would do just fine for putting bushings in antique cars. Also see a ratchet-manual benchtop 1-ton arbor-press for <$100 at Northern Tool; is that too small? What is a reasonable tonnage for the typical automotive uses of a do-it-yourselfer hobbyist? Thanks!
    Last edited by bsrosell; 11-27-2010, 11:20 AM.

  • #2
    The Harbor Freight 20 Ton is about the size for most pressing jobs on Studes. About the only thing I use my 1 ton arbor press for is putting the back on watches after changing batteries.


    • #3
      Yes, 20-ton is about right for anything and everything a hobbyist will encounter. BP
      We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

      Ayn Rand:
      "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

      G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.


      • #4
        thanks guys! Off to Northern Tool for the 20ton they have on the floor. Shipping cost is more than the price of the tool for some of them! :-) Happy Thanksgiving (a day late) to all. We have much to be thankful for.