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Old 03-25-2008, 12:49 AM
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Default Turn Pro 15 Ton Hydraulic Press Review

Cavalry's recent HF press thread got me to thinking I should post a review of the one I recently purchased. I have been looking for a decent press in the 10 to 15 ton range for a while now. I'm much too busy to try and make my own and I just couldn't bring myself to to buy one of the ones from HF. I'm sure they are adequate for a number of tasks but I needed something with a little more flexibility and I am just not a big fan of the bottle jack style presses.

The one I ended up getting was a Turn-Pro brand that is sold through Enco. I have seen this model in the flyers for a couple of years now and have always been intrigued by it. Basically, it is a clone of a manual press made by Dake. The TP model is 15 ton and I am including a PDF link to the page in the Enco catalog. http://www.use-enco.com/CGI/INPDFF?P...MITEM=828-9723 That link shows the regular price but they are currently on sale for $819.95. http://www.use-enco.com/CGI/INSRIT?P...&PMPXNO=953936

I have had it for about 3 months now and I am super impressed with the overall quality and function. A couple of the features that attracted me to this unit were its handwheel that manually extends the acme threaded part of the ram and the ability to move the head laterally to either side of the press. A bunch of the things I do are asymmetrical and the lateral head ajustment helps a lot with the ease of positioning parts. I also liked the fact that this unit weighs in at almost 500 pounds whereas most of the import presses (like the HF 20 ton) only weigh around 200 pounds. With the exception of the angle on the bottom, all the steel is either 3/8" or 1/2" bar/plate.

Pic one is a shot of the press as it sets in the shop. It was a little short in height for my liking (actually most of them in this range are )but that was an easy fix.

Pic two is a close-up shot of the handwheel mechanism. It turns nice and smooth.

Pics three and four show the ram extension. Between the screw and the hyd. ram, there is 7 3/8" of extension.

The fifth pic shows the lateral head movement to the left. It will go the same amount to the right as well.

More to follow.
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Old 03-25-2008, 01:01 AM
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Pic one here shows the flat side of the blocks as well as a set of bar mounted V-blocks for shaft work (thanks Jimmy ).

Pic two shows the other side of the blocks used for round stock. Both sides have flats milled on the outer edges that help to keep them in place on the table. The table is easy to raise and lower and uses the same crank that you can see on the screw that moves the head

Pic three is a shot of the head. It has a very nice liquid filled gauge that actually works and a large, easy to use, handwheel to lock and release the hydraulic pressure.

Pic four shows how the handle mounts in the head to apply pressure. It works very well and it is easy to apply exacting amounts of pressure. When not in use, the handle has storage hooks on the top front of the unit.

The last pic is just a side view that shows how much clearance the open sides provide.

As I said earlier, I am super happy with the quality and function of this press. Everything is very well made, the fit and finish was great, and the function is excellent IMHO. I wouldn't necessarily consider it a "budget" press but it most definitely fits the needs I have quite nicely. Thanks for looking.
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Old 03-25-2008, 03:37 AM
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Nice looking unit. That answers a lot of reservations I didn't even know I had about other presses.
Well done, Kevin. Thank you.
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KB,

A very nice looking press, was shipping from Enco reasonable?

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Well worth the money for a press of it's size and duty.
Good review Kev.
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Thanks guys. Jack, the freight ended up costing $116 which made the total cost $54 less than the original price without shipping. For it's size and weight, I thought it was very reasonable. It comes fully assembled with the exception of the angle that it uses for feet.
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