Mar 03, 2011 · The pro’s are pretty obvious. It’s cheap, Easy, fast, and versatile. for $1000 you can have a hydraulic forging press and 4 different sets of dies. Hard to beat that. If you compare it to a brand new forging press it’s 1/3rd the cost for the same tonnage.
new hydraulic forging presses sized and configured for a small artist blacksmithing shop / studio (say something in a 20 to 50 ton range). Can anyone point me to any manufacturers or importers of such presses? Google didn't turn up anything relevant. I have seen plans for building a press, but I'll have limited time to devote to smithing for
In 1998, I purchased my 30-ton hydraulic press and began making damascus steel for sale. In 2001 I decided to expand the number and type of damascus patterns I offered for sale and I am currently offering 19 different patterns with the addition of several new patterns every year. My damascus steel consists of mostly 01 – L6 and pure nickel.
Pattern welded steel needs to be “squeezed” in order to weld nice and tight. Good compression is the key to bringing the weld surfaces firmly and completely together. For this a hydraulic press is probably the best, but a larger hammer with a good amount of compressive mass behind its blow will also do the job. By Randy McDaniel The hydraulic forging press is becoming increasingly important to the any blacksmith shop. This relatively small machine, which is often hand made, allows smiths to do many of the same operations as a power hammer while adding more control and expanding what one can do with hot metal. Here is one of the presses I use to forge high carbon and Damascus steel. It is an old 4 post press that I resurrected as it was in a very bad state of dis – repair when I got it. There is the one main ram to apply downward pressure and one ram on either side to push the top platen back up. In 1998, I purchased my 30-ton hydraulic press and began making damascus steel for sale. In 2001 I decided to expand the number and type of damascus patterns I offered for sale and I am currently offering 19 different patterns with the addition of several new patterns every year. My damascus steel consists of mostly 01 – L6 and pure nickel. So, here as some photos of the shop with the press. This shows the press, my anvil, my 6" horizontal forge from Darren Ellis, and just a little glimpse of a belt on my Grizzly grinder. Notice that the press has only flat dies, and it has casters and a foot pedal. Casters were a little extra, but well worth it. We design & build custom high-speed hydraulic presses. Engineered for your application. Since 1965, Neff Press has built over 13,000 presses which perform diverse applications in countless industries worldwide. Centrally located in St. Louis, Missouri, our team of engineers and craftsmen strive to be the pr