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Hello,

 

Im looking to get a press ready for this summer and was looking at re-purposing either one of those 5 ton electric splitters from menards or getting a 20 ton splitter from harbor freight and making some die for it. Ive seen it done a few times but I wanted to ask some thoughts on electric 5 ton that has the hydraulics Pulling the wedge from the front Vs. a gas splitter that pushes from behind the wedge and which would be best for forging some stock that I have .75" to 1" thick 52100 bearings and races.

 

I would assume that the one pushing the wedge would be strongest but its also a bit more expensive and larger than I have room for at my garage based shop.

 

Thoughts?

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Bigger is always better when it comes to forging presses. I don't know that I'd trust the electric one to work for long, but I reserve the right to be totally wrong!

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If I were you I would look at Uncle Al's press (or any others, but I believe his is the most economical). I gave quite a bit of thought to the idea of converting a log splitter but in the end the forging press wasn't that much more expensive, and when I factored in the time and cost of converting it, it just made more sense to get something purpose built.

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yeah if you buy new your waisting money you could have used to build a purpuse built unit that will handle the workload if you can get a used spliter it might be worth converting it


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