Hydraulic press 

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The essential tool for a real mechanic's garage is undoubtedly the hydraulic press. At Meca24 we have selected the best of professional tools, to facilitate each of your tasks.

Replacing a bearing on a car clutch release or refurbishing the wheel of your old road bike by changing a crown cylinder will take you no more than a few minutes, thanks to a 20 hydraulic press tons, which you can find in our selection. With a medium-sized workshop press, you will no longer be afraid to undertake the repair of the most sensitive parts of your vehicle. The hydraulic press has a strong self-contained steel frame, is very easy to move around and won't take up much room in your garage, but it is one of the essential tools to have. In a garage this tool can be very useful and the applications that can be made with it are immense, because it offers a sliding carriage and adjustable slats to allow a mechanic or a simple individual to configure the pressure point with extreme precision.

Hydraulic press: types and characteristics

Do you want to equip yourself with a hydraulic press? Why not? This tool is essential for carrying out some automotive repairs. So, to make the right choice, meca24 tells you via this article about the usefulness of this garage equipment as well as the different models available on the market.

What is a hydraulic press?

The hydraulic press is a tool that crushes, deforms or lifts an object using a great compressive force. This machine is often used in mechanics. The hydraulic press contains two cylinders which are connected to each other. Each cylinder contains hydraulic fluid and one cylinder is larger than the other. The larger cylinder is known as the jack and the smaller is known as the plunger. Liquids do not compress easily, which is why they are used in a hydraulic press. The hydraulic press works by pressing a small amount of force on the plunger which presses the fluid below. This pressure is then distributed evenly, which in turn lifts the ram. The pressure between the piston and ram then acts to crush the item placed between them.

How to use a hydraulic press safely?

To use your hydraulic press safely, remember to follow these tips:

1. Protect your body:

Eye protection and proper footwear are always essential for a press operator. Depending on the job, you may also need:

Gloves
Face masks
Welding helmet
Hearing protection
Other clothing that provides protection

2. Inspect the press before using it

Check for visible damage to the press structure. Inspect for signs of leakage. If any part of the press is not in good working order, do not start a job.

The operator should also make sure they understand what the job requires before starting. Look at the drawings, specifications and other instructions. If you have questions, get answers before you start.

3. Locate the on/off switch and emergency stop button

Make sure you know where they are and how they work. If you're moving fast, using them can save you from getting hurt if something goes wrong.

4.Make sure valve changes are smooth:

Valve changes should be smooth from gear to gear - you shouldn't hear any clunk when changing gears. In fact, any sounds that are not considered normal should be investigated promptly.

5. Check the electronics

The coils on the valves normally have a life cycle of 3 million strokes. Relays normally have a life cycle of 1 million strokes. Replacing coils before they fail can eliminate or reduce troubleshooting hours and reduce downtime. Install an hour meter and non-resettable cycle counter to help maintain accurate records and make maintenance scheduling easier.