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Got the press home and in the shop [Oct. 31st, 2014|06:49 pm]
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My birthday present to myself this year is a hydraulic forging press, something I've wanted for a couple of decades but could never really justify the expense for.

Today, I picked up the press, got it off the truck (about 700 lbs), moved it in the shop, though it still needs to be moved to its final location. Moving the press off the truck was the hardest part -- I ended up using a 2500lb rated chain wrapped around a couple of overhead beams, attached a couple of 1000lb rated ratchet straps to the base, and used a 2-ton come-along between them to lift and lower the press. Then I just levered it into the shop in case of rain. Took about an hour from arriving home to getting it in the shop, not bad for one out-of-shape guy.

      On the truck. Using a fork lift, it took about 5 minutes to load.

Hey, look, it's a fly(ing) press!

        In the shop.

Ironically, the only injury of the day was pulling a muscle in my left forearm about an hour before picking up the truck, so instead of moving heavy steel around tonight so I can forge tomorrow, I'm choking down some ibuprofin and looking for the methyl Salicylate. I can't even remember what I was doing when I pulled it, it didn't start to hurt until later.

All this, of course, ignores the really important question: What color should I paint the press? Right now it's just primer black.

[User Picture]From: cz_unit
2014-11-01 12:45 am (UTC)
Pink. Definitely pink.

I've moved items in a similar fashion. It's a bit creppy swinging them, I thought I would tear the shed down. But since the shed was built in the 1870's, it held.
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[User Picture]From: blackanvil
2014-11-01 03:54 am (UTC)
Yeah, the beams in the barn and the house are all clear yellow pine, the ones over the door I used didn't even bow under the weight.

Not sure about the pink. Maybe with some purple pinstriping?
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