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He Built His Own Open Bed Press
Terry Therkilsen, Comfrey, Minn.: "I saved money by building my own open bed press which I use for general straightening work. It's equipped with a 5-in. dia., 30-in. long cylinder that I can move on a carriage from side to side, allowing me to use different size dies and pushers for pushing out bearings, flat stock, etc. I use a selector valve to switch between the press brake and open bed press.
"I used flat stock and steel rods to make a high capacity air hose reel for 1/2 in. dia. or larger hoses. The reel mounts on a swivel made from stainless steel components and turns by grabbing a knob mounted on a handle. I sell them for $90 without the hose."

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #5