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Old December 2nd, 2017, 04:41 PM #1
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How much arbor press do I need

My todo list includes a bunch of jobs that involve pins. It occurs to me that me and a press would do a better job than me and a mallet. But, how much press do I need? 1 ton, 2 ton?
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Pins, and/or Rivets??

If yes, 12 ton would be more than adequate.
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What jobs are you needing this press for? A more detailed list would help in knowing what to recommend.
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I have a beretta 21a I want to press the barrel off/on. I have a couple of ar gas blocks that I want to swap out. Stuff like that.
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12 ton will be more than enough for all of that. With the added bonus of being quite handy if you ever get into the Kalashnikov patterned toys/kits.

*The gas blocks on the AR's, if they're pinned - those should be a taper pin IIRC, so they only go out 1 way. A short starter punch and BFH is all you need to drive out the taper pin. A quick check with calipers should show which end of the pin is larger in diameter than the other.
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... quite handy if you ever get into the Kalashnikov patterned toys/kits.
Thanks for the help, guys. Looks like goin' with a real press is the way to go. Retirement's not that far out, and the aforementioned toys is something I've wanted to do.
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12 ton from someplace like Harbor Freight, isn't that much (roughly $125, IIRC). So it's not too hateful on the pockets, and it can come in handy later on down the road.
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okay, I'll throw this out there - the knowledge is deep and wide here.

I'm looking to make j-word jackets from pre-82 pennies. After annealing, what level of arbor press to draw the pennies into jackets?

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okay, I'll throw this out there - the knowledge is deep and wide here.

I'm looking to make j-word jackets from pre-82 pennies. After annealing, what level of arbor press to draw the pennies into jackets?

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