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Hydraulic Forge Press Project

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Hydraulic Forge Press Project

Postby Oldsarge » Mon May 15, 2017 3:07 pm

Thought I'd stop by and share a project I'm working on.

I've been working on some Blacksmithing skills, and decided to add this to the lineup. 28 tons of squish power! I've been cutting a lot of thicker stock on this project, and the PM85 is handling 3/4" and 1" probably better in some cases than thinner stuff!

I always suspected I had questionable power at the leased space. Since setting up in the home garage space the PM85 has been very stable and cuts very well. After I finish this project in the next few weeks I'll be jumping back into the power hammer project... Lots of cutting on heavier plate on that project as well, I'll post pics if anybody is interested.

The last picture is for all you woodworkers out there. Scored this HEAVY tipping table that was part of the SystiMatic sawblade company. They are out of business now, but before they sold to a company in India they made high quality saw blades, and as a matter of fact started out as a maching tool company who used to buy saw blades from a 3rd party and one day realized they could make a better blade, so they did!

The table is 1.5" thick, 24" diameter blanshard ground & rotates. They would lay a blank on the table and braze the carbide tips on or do whatever repairs were needed before resharpening. I've had a few of their old blades over the years, and they were a quality blade before the quality went down & they eventually folded.


On to the pics!

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Most of the heavy fabrication finished.

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Cutting 3/4" plate

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Upper hydraulic cylinder mount cut from 1/2"

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Lower hammer head guides with UHMW inserts

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Re: Hydraulic Forge Press Project

Postby SeanP » Mon May 15, 2017 5:39 pm

Some nice cuts there oldsarge, that will be a handy press I bet, please would you give us a youtube demo once you get up & running, miss your videos!
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Re: Hydraulic Forge Press Project

Postby little blue choo » Mon May 15, 2017 7:06 pm

Some of the smoothest looing cuts on 3/4 I've ever seen. Awesome looking press. Like Seanp said would love to see a video of it working. Keep up the good work.

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Re: Hydraulic Forge Press Project

Postby Nacs Fab » Tue May 16, 2017 12:00 pm

Nice work Sarge. Glad to see you posting your projects here again! Wealth of Information!
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Re: Hydraulic Forge Press Project

Postby Oldsarge » Wed May 17, 2017 6:16 pm

Thanks! It's been a lot of fun building this so far! I shot a progress video the other night if anybody wants to check it out:

https://youtu.be/sVo9ZWjhJBY

Hoping to cut the mounting plate for the motor/pump by the weekend, and then it's off to the hydraulic shop for hoses etc. Going to run an electrically actuated spool valve, haven't seen that done by anybody on a press build yet!

When it's finished and I take to squishing hot steel I'll post a video!

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Re: Hydraulic Forge Press Project

Postby Capstone » Wed May 17, 2017 6:31 pm

Thanks Sarge for sharing the video. I've enjoyed all of your builds going back a few years now.
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Re: Hydraulic Forge Press Project

Postby SeanP » Thu May 18, 2017 2:27 am

Thanks for that Mike, I see perfectly now how it works, great explanation! Looking good.
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Re: Hydraulic Forge Press Project

Postby sr guy » Thu May 18, 2017 9:14 am

Good job on the build. Have you thought of turning that cylinder with the seal facing down so that you wont be getting crude or hot slag on you seal? Or is your base provide plenty of protection/coverage. You could do a leather boot around it.
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Re: Hydraulic Forge Press Project

Postby Oldsarge » Thu May 18, 2017 10:30 am

Thanks, I did think about it but there's a lot of these presses in service with the cylinder set up like this with no problem... There are other features getting built in that are going to protect the ram as well. The bottom die plate has a 1.5" through hole drilled in it so that when I'm drifting or punching through a piece of work the drift or punch will fall into a "chute" and fall into a cooling tank... that chute will block some of the debris.... I'm also looking at old boot style shock covers or as you suggested a piece of leather or other type of wrap to cover the top of the cylinder.

I'm also thinking about a decorative plate that I'll mount in front of the cylinder assembly to protect against high pressure failure of hoses or "things" letting loose that aren't supposed to be letting loose!
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Re: Hydraulic Forge Press Project

Postby Craig » Thu May 18, 2017 12:38 pm

Great looking project, I wish I had one in my shop.
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