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33 ton log splitter / hydraulic press update - 1-2 years later

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Well, here is update. I did not change anything since I last posted here and have used this hard. Probably made 20 billets. The fears of the railroad track bending at the neck are unfounded. There were many here that felt this would fail. Thought people would appreciate update.
This is a small 15 layer billet I started today and worked through 4 heats.

 

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I was glad to see this video, as I have been wondering if this would work. Now I know. So the search is on for a reasonably priced log splitter.

Have you found any downsides to this project? Pitfalls etc?

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Downside is slower than a traditional forge press, but I have learned to work with that - This makes a few more heats needed to accomplish task, but is miles ahead of hammer and anvil.

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Hi Steve, I'm in OP right next door to you PM me when you get a chance

                                                                Ironmike

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Steve, the ram doesn't seem slow from the vid.
While at Robert Eggerling's shop and watching his upright presses in action with a billet, yours and his seem about the same speed.

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grundsau - Maybe I am wrong - I just assumed the vertical presses were faster.  Either way, this one is working well for me.  thanks for looking.

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I keep trying to add to this thread but the IFI site keeps crashing, Anywho- I converted a 27 ton sears log splitter to a press this past summer and exceeded my expectations.

I removed the wedge and added a die holder to the ram. post-25611-0-63323900-1417870015_thumb.j The die holder and the anvil allows me to put different shaped dies on which can add texture or be used for drawing out or bending post-25611-0-08269600-1417870108_thumb.j post-25611-0-02253800-1417870124_thumb.j The one you see on the press are two 2 1/2 in balls. 

I also have numerous other dies I have made that can imprint shapes into the hot metal.post-25611-0-46251400-1417870224_thumb.j post-25611-0-89860400-1417870243_thumb.j

 

Here is a pic of the finished metal on a sculpture post-25611-0-93685200-1417870290_thumb.j and another post-25611-0-75437900-1417870316_thumb.j

 

 

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Fatfudd, That is really nice and the dies are super! I have alot of machines that I have used for other things then what they were intended for thru the years, It's called ingenuity

                      Ironmike

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Fat fund - thanks for sharing.....love to see other ideas. I started making squaring dies for doing canister welds, but haven't finished them

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