which shop press for DIY stuff? (bearings/bushings/etc.)

auditude at cox.net auditude at cox.net
Sun Aug 11 20:22:25 EDT 2002

Hey list,

*sigh*  I've been working on the '86 Coupe GT this weekend.  I got three of the four control arm bushings
out and two pressed back in with my "HuwPress", when the (type 85 compressor mounting) bolt snapped.
 grrr!  What a pita!  I also crushed a 2" cap due to too small of a washer and probably catching the 3/4"
coupler on the control arm.  The first three removals and two installs went okay.  It was nice to be able to
do that at home.  It's time consuming and tiring tho'.

I think I want to buy a shop press, probably from Harbor Freight.  I'd like to hear some opinions on what
press I should go for.

What tonnage press is sufficient to do the various things?  I would like to be able to press out and in
wheel bearings, as well as control arm bushings and whatever else needs pressing.

Harbor Freight has a 6 ton, 12 ton, 20 ton, 6 ton a-frame, 12 ton a-frame, and 20 a-frame.  There's also a
50 ton hydraulic one, but I'm not planning on getting that crazy.

The bigger the press, the more money.  I just want to get what I need to get the job done, without paying
for more than I need.

What's the benefit to the a-frame style?

Here's a linke to the Central Hydraulics section of the Harbor Freight web catalog:


Is there a better source for this type of thing?  I have a Harbor Freight brick and mortar I can go to, so I
wouldn't have to ship from them.

Any help would be appreciated.



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