Check out what followed me home... (hydraulic content)

Graham Fredeen

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Hey Bruce and folks, found a "little" something on craigslist that's going to make my life a lot easier in the future (when paired with a few more things, that is).

Got this "little" guy for $50:

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Its a 6" bore, ~20"-24" stroke, double acting hydraulic cylinder. Weighs about 200 lb(?) (it would have cost about $80 at the scrapyard here, so $50 is a great buy). Ram is just a hair under 3". I'll probably be going H-frame, so the slightly smaller ram diameter won't be any issue (c-frame's like bigger rams, since they can develop a little side loading due to some frame flex, which can cause ram failure in smaller diameter units).

Shaves about $1000 off my press build budget. A new 6" bore cylinder like this seems to go for about $750, plus $250 frieght costs.

This guy should make about 35 tons at 2500 psi, or 42 at 3000 psi, and I plan on giving it a pretty quick stroke. It should make for a really nice press, all said and done.

Can't really do too much with it until I get setup in a new shop, probably 6 months from now. But in the mean time I'll be accumulating the other primary compoenents I'll need, so that as soon as I get moved, I'll be able to grab the frame materials and have at it.

Maybe there'll be a "Hydraulic Press WIP" thread when the build time comes.

Anyway, thought I'd share (plus Dana told me to ;) ).
 

Bruce Bump

Forum Owner-Moderator
Man O Man! thats a nice ram Graham. I'd like to see you post some progress shots here. Would be interesting to watch.
 

Graham Fredeen

Well-Known Member
Man O Man! thats a nice ram Graham. I'd like to see you post some progress shots here. Would be interesting to watch.

Lol, Bruce. Nice rhyme!

I'll be using my engineering "skilz" to design this beast before I build it, so I'll be working up some computer models and prints (while I still have free access to Solidworks from school). Figure if I'm going to have to go to the trouble anyway (I wouldn't play with these sorts of forces without proper analysis first), maybe I'll work up some "plans" for folks.

And when the build time comes, I'll definately document the process and post here for everyone to follow along. Plus pictures of my new shop arrangements when I get to where ever I'm going.
 

Dana Hackney

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Yeah, what a great find, indeed! I can't wait till Graham get's the H-frame press done. It's gonna be a really nice addition to my shop. I have just the place for it in my garage:).

Dana
 

Graham Fredeen

Well-Known Member
I told you Dana, I'd consider setting it up there, since I'm currently lacking on space and power hookup, but I don't think you'd really want it there. You'd never be able to get rid of me :biggrin: . I'd end up moving in, and you and Sandy would never get any sleep as I'd be running it at all hours of the night ;)

And then there'd be a big custody suit that would drag on and on, with lots of legal fees, if I ever tried to move away with it. :p

I'll help you build your own though, soon as you are ready :)
 

Dana Hackney

Well-Known Member
I knew I'd get a rise....

out of this one :).

It'll be nice once you graduate from Mines and you can follow your true
calling in life...and, as Bruce would say....hehehe:).

Take care buddy,
Dana
 
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