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Posted: 9/7/2004 10:04:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2004 11:04:46 AM EDT by Quarterbore]
I have read the various reports online and I see that most people feel that the 12-ton press is a good minimum that should work for any build while the 20-ton is a little more rigid and provides additional capability if needed (I have yet to see anybody claime they needed more then 12-tons).

Now, I am going to buy from HarborFreight and I see they make both an A-frame and H-frame press in the 12-ton class...

H- Frame: $124.99

A- Frame: $99.99 (On Sale)

I am curious if there is an advantage with one style over the other? I will likely get the cheaper press unless someone lets me know I am missing something!

Edit: I also see the 20-ton press is on sale...

www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=32879 ($199 on sale)

I just didn't want that huge of a press as I don't think I will use it all that much and the extra weight would make it much more of a PITA to move....
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 10:25:02 AM EDT
While both would probably work, it is only $25 we're talking here. Over the life of the equipment that's not much. The first one looks a bit more heavy duty to me.
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 10:42:16 AM EDT
There is a pretty good difference... I compared the two owners manuals and the H-press looks to be a much easier and more versitile system then the A-press. I still welcome oppinions but looking at the manuals I like the moving Jack Plate on the H-press better then the version used on the A frame...

A Press Manual
H Press manual
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 11:42:54 AM EDT
The H press is pretty hard to beat IMO...
Link Posted: 9/7/2004 12:58:27 PM EDT
If you are buying this strictly for AK builds, then the 12 ton H frame should be OK. The 20 ton would be more for a commercial/industrial maintenance type environment. It wouldn't hurt to have the extra power, but it isn't necessary unless you are going to use it for other projects, and even then the 12 ton would have plenty of power.
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