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DIY: How to make your own mini hydraulic press. Let the destruction begin.

Nov. 3, 2016

This DIY mini hydraulic press is the perfect combination: a useful tool with a dark side.

Most DIYers are interested in making, repairing, re-imaging and reinventing. But some of us are interested in crushing, breaking, exploding and destroying. But what if you could create a tool to aid you in your destructive endeavors? This DIY mini hydraulic press is the perfect combination: a useful tool with a dark side.

According to Timothy Dahl for Popular Mechanics: "An industrial sized hydraulic press is extremely heavy and expensive, but a smaller version can be made using a standard 4-ton bottle jack—the same type used to change a car tire. Two heavy duty metal braces, threaded rod, and a few nuts are all it takes to assemble your own hydraulic press.

A blast shield and safety glasses should always be used when crushing anything, especially if it's hard. You can modify this press and set it inside a larger frame behind a blast shield, and use an extension on the jack to raise it from in front of the shield."

And once you've assembled your press, the real fun begins. CRUSHING THINGS!

About the Author

Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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