Brian Madigan Posted February 23, 2009 Share Posted February 23, 2009 Mine is finished and working. I had it running all weekend drawing out big square pieces of W2 into flat bars on flat dies. It works great unless the air compressor is acting up or too cold. I have an old oil lubed 1HP compressor that stops at 145 PSI and a compact 20 ton bottle jack. I have a couple of problems: 1- I built the bottom anvil out of two 1/2"x4x8 plates, so its only 1" surface for the die to sit on. It needs a wider surface to sit on. 2- I need a safer and more convenient control system. I'd like a single lever w/Up-Down control as you would have on an electro-hydraulic one. 3- I didn't make the anvils adjustable. The jack has 8" or so of adjustment on the screw, which is fine for now. 4- The top die hold downs broke the first time I put uneven pressure on them. They need to be much stronger. 5- I have to make more dies now, and they will probably be mild steel. I have flatting dies and material for drawing dies, but I don't have a good way of attaching the dies safely. Mild steel doesn't hold up to all day smashing after it starts getting really hot. I'd like to have some standard size die holders and a set of dies that I could use on a hammer or the press. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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