Well just when I thought the equipment additions were done for the season one more opportunity kicked the garage door in and settled its way into the workshop. The floor had to give up 4.66 square feet of space to a 17.5 ton OTC twin ram hydraulic press. The new guy should, hopefully, not create any issues unlike the huge fiasco the band saw was able to stir up. I guess the only one who could be genuinely upset with the press is the vise but, come on, I think even the vise knows that throwing some attitude would be pushing it.
Ok so here it is, 17.5 tons worth of crushing force. Yes it is used, an opportunity came up that I didn’t want to pass on. The unit is an OTC model Y-106 that features their twin ram style 4120 hydraulic ram. The twin is basically 2 individual rams that straddles the center adjustable rod that contacts the work piece. The unit is in good working order, just needed some clean up. The ram has a maximum stroke of 2 inches and when I inspected it the ram appears to be extending fully. The only problem with the complete set-up is that the pressure gauge on the pump is broken, no big deal. I may end up replacing it at some point. The foot print is only 24” x 28” which is great for the size of my shop.
I am pleased to welcome the new member into the family. I suspect it won’t feel overworked in its new home however I am sure it will be given opportunity to make some substantial contributions to the shop. Welcome aboard!