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Posted: 2/8/2013 9:02:35 PM EDT
I'm looking to get a press from Harbor Freight. I'm unsure which to get the 12ton or the 20ton. I'll be using it to press bearings, springs, bend up to 1/8in metal, pipes etc. There is a pretty decent price difference too. $120 for the 12ton vs $200 for the 20ton.

advice?
Link Posted: 2/8/2013 10:14:23 PM EDT
Get the 20 ton. there is a 20% coupon in the magazines these days.
Link Posted: 2/8/2013 10:27:02 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Wash-Ar15:
Get the 20 ton. there is a 20% coupon in the magazines these days.


Link Posted: 2/9/2013 6:43:39 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/9/2013 6:45:00 AM EDT by jjwheeler2]
harbor freight printable coupons

there is a 20% off coupon on there.

Also if bending 1/8 steel get the 20 ton.
Link Posted: 2/9/2013 9:45:37 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/9/2013 12:53:55 PM EDT by PFC_Dustin]
How thick can the 12ton bend? What are the limitations of the 12ton?

ETA: How the heck do I use the coupon? I cant fingure out how to attach the coupon to the individual item.
Link Posted: 2/9/2013 1:48:58 PM EDT
Get the 20 ton.
Besides the increased capacity, the framework is theoretically stronger on the 20 ton. The weak link on the Harbor Freight units is the frame, so get the beefier one.

You will never say "I have too much press", but you could easily run into situations where you are saying "I wish I had a bigger press".
Link Posted: 2/9/2013 8:30:06 PM EDT
Ok, if you're using the coupon online, put just the press in your cart and then put in the code. The code is right under the barcode so 92369034.

Reason for the heavier for bending is less wear and tear on the press.
Link Posted: 2/10/2013 9:32:43 AM EDT
And buy 4 cement blocks to set it on. Those things are either designed for short Asians or designed to ship on the cheap.
Link Posted: 2/10/2013 11:02:28 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MiniZ:
Get the 20 ton.
Besides the increased capacity, the framework is theoretically stronger on the 20 ton. The weak link on the Harbor Freight units is the frame, so get the beefier one.

You will never say "I have too much press", but you could easily run into situations where you are saying "I wish I had a bigger press".

One ALWAYS gets into the 'I need a bigger press' situation sooner or later, usually sooner.
Link Posted: 2/10/2013 12:52:57 PM EDT
I've used the HF 12 ton to press my wheel bearings together (Tacoma) without difficulty, though as it grunts and groans one wonders about Chinese steel. A friend managed to gently bend some of the adjustable height selection rods doing some long-forgotten suspension work on a Land Rover. Still works just fine.
Link Posted: 2/11/2013 4:12:36 AM EDT
There are some current $149.99 coupons for the 20-ton press out there. For example, there's one on this flyer...

HF Flyer
Link Posted: 2/14/2013 7:20:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/14/2013 7:21:26 PM EDT by PFC_Dustin]
Originally Posted By TapperMan:
There are some current $149.99 coupons for the 20-ton press out there. For example, there's one on this flyer...

HF Flyer


I wish I saw that. I've already ordered it with the 20% off coupon. How long does it usually take to ship?
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