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8 Great Reasons Why You Might Want To Opt For a Hydraulic Press

Hydraulic presses come in many forms from small table top varieties used by hobbyists such as jewellery makers through to large scale industrial models used to create giant metal parts, but why would you buy a hydraulic press over a mechanical press?

Here are eight reasons why you just might

Full Power Delivered at Any Point
The full power of a hydraulic press can be administered at any point during the stroke and not solely at the bottom. This means that unlike a mechanical press you don't have to buy a 100 ton press to get 50 tons of pressure throughout the stroke.

Overload Protection Built-in
It's impossible to apply too much pressure when using a hydraulic press as they have a built-in overload protection. So no need to worry about smashing a dye as it's applied because the right amount of pressure is all there will be, no more, no less.

Lower Purchasing and Operating Costs
The simplistic design means that they are far less costly that a mechanical press would be. A hydraulic press has fewer moving parts which are kept fully lubricated when immersed in the flow of pressurised oil. Valves and solenoid coils are generally the parts that need replacing which are reasonably low in cost, especially when you compare this to a crankshaft on a mechanical press.

Easier to Control
Power from a hydraulic press is always under control, the direction, ram force, release force and the duration of the applied pressure can all be adjusted to fit a particular job or project. So you can feel safe in the knowledge that you're the one in full control and not the machine.

Excellent Versatility
A hydraulic press can do a wide variety of tasks within its tonnage range. For example, urethane bulging, shell reductions, deep draws, press fits, straightening and stake punches are just some of the things that you can do.

Compared to a mechanical press the hydraulic variety is far quieter to operate. The elimination of a flywheel and fewer moving parts are the main reason for this. Each phase of the ram movement can be controlled therefore so too can noise levels, creating an overall quieter machine.

A hydraulic press is typically more compact the higher tonnage you go. For example a 200 ton hydraulic press only takes up around 50% more floor space than a 20 ton press. When you consider a mechanical press of similar tonnage, there is no comparison.

Whilst no manufacturer should claim that hydraulic presses are safer than mechanical presses the fact remains that many aspects of the hydraulic press can be controlled and therefore you have far less scope (if used properly) for an accident.

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