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  • Home Made 50 Ton Press V Blocks

    Hello Guy's

    I acquired a Dake 50 ton H Frame Press a few years ago, it did not have any Press/V Blocks Blocks included.

    I checked around to find some and found out that those things are REALLY PRICEY.

    I was in a scrap yard and found a set of fork lift forks for $40.00 they were 2" X 4" at the top anchoring points and I felt that that was a great size for the press blocks.

    I cut out the lengths I needed form this attachment area, there was enough straight steel in that area that I cut out 4 pieces.

    I laid out the"V" I wanted, drilled a hole at the bottom of the V, then very slowly cut the metal down to the point of the V on my Horizontal Band Saw. That Steel is REALLY TOUGH, I used 2 Band Saw Blades to cut the 4 blocks and the V's.

    I couldn't cut all the way through to the drilled hole, so cut what I could, leaving a small pyramid piece of metal at the base of the V.

    I then put them in the press and used the press to break out the piece of steel left in the V cut, 50 tons can do wonders, Cleaned up the V areas with a small grinder, they came out great.

    I then welded the 4 Steel Blocks into 2 double V Press Blocks. This Steel is very thick, I heated it pretty hot with a rosebud and then Chamfored where I wanted to weld them together and then welded the blocks together to make my press blocks.

    I have been a steel fabricator all my life, my Dad had a welding shop, I started when I was 9 years old in my Dads shop.

    I use the V Blocks all the time as a Break to bend/straighten thick steel for brackets etc.

    Total Cost: $40.00 for the Forks, plus my time and energy, and the MiG and Torch Usage, and band saw blades.

    Take Care, hope this helps others too.

    Dusty

  • #2
    I believe forklift forks are 1060.
    I asked Cascade a while ago.

    --Doozer
    DZER

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    • #3
      Originally posted by 21Dusty View Post
      Hello Guy's

      I acquired a Dake 50 ton H Frame Press a few years ago, it did not have any Press/V Blocks Blocks included.

      I checked around to find some and found out that those things are REALLY PRICEY.

      I was in a scrap yard and found a set of fork lift forks for $40.00 they were 2" X 4" at the top anchoring points and I felt that that was a great size for the press blocks.

      I cut out the lengths I needed form this attachment area, there was enough straight steel in that area that I cut out 4 pieces.

      I laid out the"V" I wanted, drilled a hole at the bottom of the V, then very slowly cut the metal down to the point of the V on my Horizontal Band Saw. That Steel is REALLY TOUGH, I used 2 Band Saw Blades to cut the 4 blocks and the V's.

      I couldn't cut all the way through to the drilled hole, so cut what I could, leaving a small pyramid piece of metal at the base of the V.

      I then put them in the press and used the press to break out the piece of steel left in the V cut, 50 tons can do wonders, Cleaned up the V areas with a small grinder, they came out great.

      I then welded the 4 Steel Blocks into 2 double V Press Blocks. This Steel is very thick, I heated it pretty hot with a rosebud and then Chamfored where I wanted to weld them together and then welded the blocks together to make my press blocks.

      I have been a steel fabricator all my life, my Dad had a welding shop, I started when I was 9 years old in my Dads shop.

      I use the V Blocks all the time as a Break to bend/straighten thick steel for brackets etc.

      Total Cost: $40.00 for the Forks, plus my time and energy, and the MiG and Torch Usage, and band saw blades.

      Take Care, hope this helps others too.

      Dusty
      Can you post some pics??
      Who do I think you are...?

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      • #4


        This is mostly made from forklift forks
        Last edited by hoof; 05-10-2016, 12:34 PM.

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        • #5
          Yeah! Pics, or it didn't happen.

          Sarge

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          • #6
            Hey Sarge

            Why do you call you yourself Sarge?

            I'm a Sarge too, Retired Master Sgt. E7 USAF, Worked on UH-1P "Green Hornet" Gunships in Viet Nam, Flew on H-53 Helicopters, Tactical and Air Rescue H-53's

            Flew the friendly sky's of Thailand and LAOS in the CIA's Secret War (We Weren't There) Awarded 2 Distinguished Flying Cross's and 5 Air Medals.

            Received my Battle Damage Qualified Patch, Did not get my Purple Heart though, never really wanted one of those anyway.

            In 1980 Started Training for a 2nd Rescue Mission into Iran to get the hostages, all flying was done in TOTAL DARKNESS WITH NIGHT VISION EQUIPMENT but Reagan became President and they were released.

            HOORAH

            P.S.

            Don't know how to post pictures on the site
            Last edited by 21Dusty; 05-10-2016, 05:17 PM.

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            • #7
              looking forward to pics too. Host them on Photobucket or equivalent, copy the image URL, then sandwich it between [IMG] picture URL here [/IMG]

              I have what I think is part of the arm of a small loader or similar. Inch thick, not bad steel to turn but a SUPER tough surface that just laughs at HSS bits. I think I'll make some more press blocks from it if my hacksawing arm feels up to it.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by 21Dusty View Post
                I'm a Sarge too, Retired Master Sgt. E7 USAF, Worked on UH-1P "Green Hornet" Gunships in Viet Nam, Flew on H-53 Helicopters, Tactical and Air Rescue H-53's

                Flew the friendly sky's of Thailand and LAOS in the CIA's Secret War (We Weren't There) Awarded 2 Distinguished Flying Cross's and 5 Air Medals.

                Received my Battle Damage Qualified Patch, Did not get my Purple Heart though, never really wanted one of those anyway.

                In 1980 Started Training for a 2nd Rescue Mission into Iran to get the hostages, all flying was done in TOTAL DARKNESS WITH NIGHT VISION EQUIPMENT but Reagan became President and they were released.

                <snip>

                Don't know how to post pictures on the site
                hang in there, that to you shall be overcome, and you're allowed to say you were there with the lights on

                http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/thr...Posting-Photos - its the first thread, basically set up a photobucket account, up to it, cut and paste <img> link in the post.....sounds a lot more difficult than it is
                .

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                • #9
                  Read the sticky on it. It is really simple.

                  http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/thr...Posting-Photos

                  Be sure to read down to the bottom as it has been updated with an easier and shorter procedure that is more up to date too.

                  I was in Nam too, but on the ground. 9th Infantry.



                  Originally posted by 21Dusty View Post
                  Hey Sarge

                  ...<snip>...

                  P.S.

                  Don't know how to post pictures on the site
                  Paul A.

                  Make it fit.
                  You can't win and there is a penalty for trying!

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