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Old April 13th, 2008, 01:22 PM   #1
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I've decided to buy a press so we can install our own bearings including outer axle shaft bearings for a rear 9" axle. I need advice.

What do you think of this? $200 at harbor freight.

Are there any options I should look for? Thanks.



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Old April 13th, 2008, 01:44 PM   #2
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my neighbor has one that looks the same as that (not sure if its exactly the same or not), i have used it and it works very well, but if i was going to buy one, i would get one that you didnt have to manually pump
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Old April 13th, 2008, 01:50 PM   #3
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I have one of those. It's worked well so far.

They are frequently on sale at HF so I would watch for that and not buy at full price unless you need it right then.
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Old April 13th, 2008, 03:49 PM   #4
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I have one also. It works.
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make sure when you buy it that the press plates are actually plates. I bought a 30-ton model from a place here in town...once I assembled it and opened up the rest of the packaging, the "press plates" were just 6" structural channel, which I destroyed the first time I used it.


also, an air over hydraulic jack kicks ass, not sure if they have those at HF though??
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Old April 13th, 2008, 04:15 PM   #6
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Me and the son. As soon as we're done pressing on the bearings we are going to weld up some cast TRE and hit the road.
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Old April 13th, 2008, 04:42 PM   #8
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i dont think its a tall enough press to get axle shafts in and press the bearings on
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Old April 13th, 2008, 04:48 PM   #9
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Go to the lab and whip up some concoction which gives you 50-ton press abilities for a minute or two and put 'em on yourself.


Or, run 'em up to the local parts store/machine shop.
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You may be hard pressed (hardy har har) to find a cheap/garage press that will be tall enough for axle shaft bearings, but I may be wrong. So be sure you know the length of those shafts and know the hight of the press "table." Besied that, make sure you ahve the proper tooling to have behind that bearing when pressing it on, otherwise you may end up killing a bearing. Personally, I just heat the bearing up and sliding it on. But the "wedding ring" may not be that easy.
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Old April 13th, 2008, 06:11 PM   #11
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i dont think its a tall enough press to get axle shafts in and press the bearings on
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You may be hard pressed (hardy har har) to find a cheap/garage press that will be tall enough for axle shaft bearings, but I may be wrong. So be sure you know the length of those shafts and know the hight of the press "table." Besied that, make sure you ahve the proper tooling to have behind that bearing when pressing it on, otherwise you may end up killing a bearing. Personally, I just heat the bearing up and sliding it on. But the "wedding ring" may not be that easy.
I have that press, and if you put the bitch all the way down, you can fit jeep sized shafts in there. Don't know how much beyond that it'd do, though.

I have done the rear shafts on my toy rear axle a few times to get my discs installed.

Only issue I've had with it was there's a brace welded at the bottom to keep it from spreading apart. I've cracked those welds pressing some solid stock into DOM, admittedly beyond what the thing probably should have been doing.

You can update later to an air over hydraulic jack when you get sick of pumping.
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