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Hydraulic press tooling ... what to get?

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My press is still to arrive - but I've been looking at what accessories to get.

Certainly drivers of various sorts are on top of the list, but there are some wildly varying prices for what looks like the same thing.  One wonders about what differences there are ... if any.  I am curious, however, at the use of aluminium in some sets I've looked at...

Is there a rationale for this - or is it cheaping out?

More generally - what materials are better and are they job dependent?

First thoughts are:
  Stated as aluminium

  Stated as carbon steel.

Thoughts?  Opinions?

Small bending brake of some sort for DIY enclosures or mods. Needn't be this fancy but this sort of thing eBay auction: #https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/xi0AAOSwAGRgf-Xk/s-l1600.jpg

Hole Punches are good too but only buy them as needed of if you have the need.

My advice on tooling is to get what you need at the time. 

Of course, when you buy something like socket wrenches, it is much cheaper to buy a whole set.  Are you going to be replacing bearings every day for profit?  In that case, a set of collars is probably warranted.  In my case, I use my press for a lot stuff besides bearings.  In the US, most domestic electric motors will be 1/2" or 5/8" shaft.  One doesn't need a whole set for that.  I make what I need or improvise.  Deep sockets for wrenches work well.  Attached is a picture of my press.  Most of the tooling I use is located on top.  I have had the press for about 18 years.  Before that, I had a DIY version without a pressure gauge and remote hydraulic.  I find both enhancements worthwhile.

As for a sheet metal brake, I suspect a finger brake aka box and pan type would be more useful than one more limited to single or opposing bends rather than boxes.  I also use my press as a press brake.  It is much easier to get nice radiuses for metals like 2024-T3.  I was able to pick up some used dies for $0.10/# (1980's) at an industrial junk yard, but for occasional use, mild steel will also work.

One thing to consider is a decent shear.  A stomp shear is far easier to get nice cuts with then a hand shear.     

Actually waiting on one of these little 5+ Vice Brakes to arrive. No reason one wouldn't work on a press either. eBay auction: #184497419637 or hook a couple together with the Welder @Brumby also NEEDS  :-DD


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