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    I replaced the seals in a 8 ton hydraulic cylinder for one of my shop presses today, and grabbed something out of the scrap bin to squash as a test to make sure the cylinder wasn't leaking. Turns out that piece of scrap was hardened and rather brittle, rather than flattening it shattered under pressure. I still haven't found all of it, but there were pieces 50 feet away from the press. Luckily I was standing to the side of the press when it let go, and didn't catch any of the schrapnel. Thought I'd share this as a reminder to everyone, presses are dangerous and will hurt you if given the chance.

    Butch...
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    damn if i was ganna squish something id just do a penny...


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    Better be careful Butch.....

    remember what tatmike said about a press....it could rip off your twins

    bright side is you're a helluva good hydralic man
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    That could have left a mark.

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    Damn that sucks
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    Truth be told I'm just happy to have this press working again. Unlike the typical HF shop press this one uses a hydraulic cylinder and seperate hand pump instead of a bottle jack. There's a 6' hydraulic line running between them, which allows me to operate it while staying out of the line of fire.

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    Scarey! When I'm not sure of a piece of metal in the press, I'll wrap a towel around it to help slow things down. I had a punch fly out at a high rate of speed one time, and luckily it went backwards against the wall. And never station your press in front of a window...Ask me how I know...

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    Damn Butch! Glad you remain unperforated!

    Well, when you work in a shop with every piece of equiptment known to man the odds are something is trying to maim you all the time!

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    glad ya got no new vents. of all the equipment in the shop, i think i hate the press most.

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    After having a hardened drill rod smack my brother in the head I now place a plexi glass shield over the front of the press when doing high pressure jobs. I learned from his pain, LOL.
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