rthibeau Posted November 5, 2009 Share Posted November 5, 2009 I've started construction of a hydraulic forging press of about 24 ton.......5" dual action cylinder, 11 gpm pump, 5 hp 220v motor. Control valve is a Prince 4 way center open that I'll attach to foot pedals instead of the regular handle for operation. 10 gallon oil reservoir tank has a 10 micron suction filter to be inside and an outside return line filter. A pressure gauge attaches to the control valve on the high pressure input side from the pump. High pressure hoses, 1/2", connect the control valve to the two in ports on the cylinder and the valve to the pump. Low pressure hoses connect the tank to the suction side of the pump and the out port of the valve to the tank. All this came from Northern Tool for $1134.15 delivered by freight truck the other day. I bought the wire, switch, plug, etc for the motor at Home Depot for $40. This morning I went hunting for the hydraulic fittings to make all this hook together properly. Grainger didn't have the stuff in stock, but they referred me to another shop who referred me to a third place locally. That place had everything I needed and fit each piece to the parts I had to make sure they were correct. Another $207 (including motor/pump couplers and 5 gal of hydraulic oil), but that was over $100 less than Grainger or Tractor Supply Co catalog prices. Lucky I got sent there. The frame material I had already, left over from other projects or got for free so I don't count any cost for that. Welding materials and other stuff will bring the total cost to less than $1500 it looks like. I'm using the manual by Jim Batson as the primary plan along with the youtube video by Randy McDaniel for the design. I decided on having the cylinder on the bottom to push up to save on frame material and to keep the weight low for balance. The framework is 4" square tube, angle iron, and 3" I-beam, with quick change die setup. Photos will be forthcoming. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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