2010 - Volume #BFS, Issue #10, Page #94[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story ]
Combine Steering Motor "Fine Tunes" Shop Press WorkOld combine hydraulic steering motors can be used to make a shop press easier to operate, says Orvie Wideman, Wallenstein, Ont., who replaced the spool control valve on his shop press with a hydrostatic steering motor off an old Massey Ferguson 815 combine.
He made a metal bracket to mount the motor on the press's frame, and also mounted the combine's steering wheel on the frame. A hydraulic pump, belt-driven by a 1 1/2 hp electric motor, is used to operate the steering motor. To move the press up or down Wideman simply turns the combine's steering wheel.
"It works much better than the press's original control valve because I can æfeather' the press up or down exactly where I want it. With such precision control I don't have to rebend material nearly as often," says Wideman. "I think the same idea would work on an H-style arbor press.
"I bought most of the materials that I used at a salvage yard. I paid $125 for the starter motor and $75 for the hydraulic pump, which came off an old swather. I already had the electric motor."
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