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    Default Turn 20t bottle upside down?

    I have built myself a Texas size home garage press out of junk iron and bought a cheap ass 20 ton bottle jack. I would like to turn the jack upside down with a resevoir on top of the press. I don't know where to drill the holes in the jack. Has anyone done this or seen it done? OLDBEAR

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    I don't know. I did find this site with a little info., it probably won't help.
    http://www.hyjacks.com/H7.HTM

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    I might be wrong but I don't think a bottle jack will operate properly upside down?

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    I tried to use one side ways once and it would not work. They are not all made the same obviously since there are power pushers & other tools where the jack are sideways. Upside down?
    Sounds like youv'e seen plans someplace ?
    I thought " Texas Size" would be more like 50 tons or so!
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    The cylinder can be any position you want, the resovior is another thing. I'm pretty certain if you attach a line to the drain/fill plug hole you could hang anything that holds oil up above and it'll work fine. It's all about not pumping air into the cylinder. Even a cheapo will have wipers and o-rings galore, you just gotta have nothing but oil on the pump piston.
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    I found this picture of bottle jack turned upside down. I have a Harbor Freight 20 ton. I am wondering how deep that hole in the base is? Anyone want to try it on there jack first? OLDBEAR.

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    Or could it be, that line at the base is screwed into the check valve hole? Or am I missing something? OLDBEAR.

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    I'll agree it looks like they're using the check valve hole in the bottom and the fill hole in the side for their connections. Can't tell from a B/W photo, but I hope they used steel brake line tubing and not copper for the fluid lines.

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