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Old 03-24-2019, 06:41 PM
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I can't say you'll see much difference in the before and after photos of the buggered up threads, but it definitely did help.

I was reluctant to crank the tool down real tight, so had I done that I may have been able to get the threads to look a little better than they do, but the proof is in how well the nut on my pushing adapter threads on.

There is no question how well these do work for cleaning the grit and grime out of the threads, for that task, they work spectacularly.
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Old 03-24-2019, 06:51 PM
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I used the press today to straighten out some logging tons that I bent the heck out of a few years ago.

I got nowhere on my little Harbor Freight manual press back when I had bent these up, so they have been sitting in the corner of the barn waiting for me to come up with a better solution to fix them or to just be replaced.

The first two photos show how bent they were. The last photo shows the tips now meet up almost perfectly.

Bending these back into shape and making a few more cheater bars today were the last of my easy tasks I had waiting to be done. Everything else on my current "To Do" list is going to require bending steel plate, likely 1/4" to 3/8".

I've been looking for a set of used dies on Craigslist and some of the auction sites I frequent, but I'm coming up empty. It looks like there are some available on eBay, but I don't use that site much.

If any of you happen to come across some used dies, similar to what is shown at the link below, please let me know. That or if you know of a reputable seller on eBay.
https://www.prolinemax.com/30-Combo-...l-_p_3617.html
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Old 03-29-2019, 05:31 PM
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I found a used machinery company in the Detroit area today that sells used press dies.

They had most of their dies on a nice storage rack, but just a few of them were standing around loose.

Unfortunately, a good sized die that was just standing on its thinnest edge fell onto my left foot, fracturing my little toe into many different pieces.

I need to see the orthopedic surgeon the first part of the week, but I doubt there is much they can or would do for this.
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Old 03-29-2019, 05:36 PM
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The only good news is I did find a few small dies to get me started. No sense in spending big money on longer dies at this time, as most of my first few uses will likely only be 4" wide sections of plate steel.

The 4-way bottom die should just sit fine on top of my arbor plates, but I'll need to cobble together a holding fixture for the two different upper dies.
Any suggestions or photos on an upper fixture to hold those dies are welcomed.
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Old 03-29-2019, 06:46 PM
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A slotted top holder with allen head set screws to clamp the tang of the punch is all they used on the big Pacific press brake we had in the fab shop.
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Old 03-29-2019, 07:29 PM
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I could see the change in the threads after you cleaned them up. Nice repair.
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