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    Hydrauic Press for white goods - home made.

    I'm going to dedicate this thread to my home made hydrauiic press for cubing appliances.

    Bear with me this project is going to be built on free time whenever that comes about, any how as the project does make some progress I will post pictures along with details.

    In all the pojects I have ever made never so much as once drawn up plans or blueprints and somehow everything I have made to date comes together flawelesly as if in a dream.

    Should be an interesting project for all those who care to folllow along.

    Couple of months back Jack wrecked an old excavator, this afternoon I purchased both of the large rams that lift the boom for $200.00 each, my press only calls for one but hey the price was right and I now have a spare.

    Some of you may recall that I had purchased an old Hydra Mac Skid Steer with a seized engine a poject that I have abandoned in favor of the Little Dipper loader.

    From the Hydra Mac I will cut it up for the 1/2' steel plate and use the hydraulic lift rams, my poject calls for two long and one short.



    Also from the Hydra Mac there is a spool valves which will be part of the press.

    Not far from me two lage grain bins with metal stairs and cat walks blew over last fall, the cat walks have 2' x' 10 " channel in 40 ft lenghts. I'm paying $300.00 for the scrap, should come out wioth some profit and some inventory for my project.

    Now to find some 12 volt electric spool valves that could be incorporated into a wireless remote controled press that can be operated fom the loader seat.

    This feature may never see daylight.

    As it is now I plan on using the auxilary hydrualic supply off of the Little Dipper or add a quick change coupler into the truck mounted crane so that either could be used to power up the press.

    Earlier this year I had a nice Kubota diesel but sold this to purchase the much needed parts to get that crane truck roadworthy and saftied.

    Came home to find an overdraft charge to my checking account, first one ever and hope to never see another.

    The project has begun.

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    Pulling up a chair and popping up some popcorn.
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    good luck with it biscuit

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    I tend to smash mine with my truck to make extra room lol

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    Hey Dune better pop a lot of corn looks like this is going to be a while, sould be intresting.

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    Sitting back with my bowl of popcorn waiting for the first pictures!

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    Bud light right here ! Pics here would be sweet also.
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    Those long dives over to Jacks give me time to think, I'm finding that the hydraulic press conflicts with other plans with more piority.

    The scoop on the white goods aka washing machines and dryer type scrap, the local Indian reserve has asked me to rehablitate their site. I'm guessing there is somewhere around 60 to 70 tons in three piles two of which are burnt. The metal is free for the taking so it looked like a good deal to me and the press would have put me into some sizable loads with good weight, not burning up fuel with light loads.

    Jack recently offered to spot bins at my location, rather that have the bins at home will have him spot them at the Reserve then use that little loader to fill them, then pass the cost of fuel and travel over to Jack.

    The press has come to a peacefull ending, the time and money saved will go into my catylitc project which has more priority.

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    The press would have been cool.

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    The baler would have been pretty neat. You remind me of Red from Red Green show. He has some crazy projects but yours sound a heck of a lot cooler.



    Is there a mobile car crusher near you that could bale up the scrap on the Reservation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdahoScrapper View Post
    The baler would have been pretty neat. You remind me of Red from Red Green show. He has some crazy projects but yours sound a heck of a lot cooler.



    Is there a mobile car crusher near you that could bale up the scrap on the Reservation?
    Yes if I gave it away someone would crush it. One dude offered me some space to store my cars until I had enough to crush but after thinking it over decided to pass.

    Last year I gae the Cheof my 150 lb cross bow, I had'nt used it in years anyhow it was a cheap business license to operate on the Reserve, then just last week he offered me all the white goods for the taking. Also a small pile of railway track left behind from when the RR abandoned the line.

    Cutting that track up into number ( 1 ) is going to put my plasma through its paces. UPS called today they wanted more money for Customs clearance and brokerage fees to clear that new compressor motor which now has a delivery date May 9 / 2012.

    My compressor has been down since January and have not been able to use the plasma cutter since. I'm really looking forward to getting it up and running again. I have plenty of work for it.

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    Darn! My Dad was just talking about trying to find a small Baler/compressor for Computer cases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thortek View Post
    Darn! My Dad was just talking about trying to find a small Baler/compressor for Computer cases.
    If he can weld and cut steel this is a simple build, visualize a freezer box standing on end with a hydraulic ram affixed to the top end with a flat plate fixed to the end of the ram. The access door would only cover the bottom half of your pressing compartment with heavy latches to keep it closed.

    Toss in a few computer cases then compress them, retract the ram then add more cases repeat the pressing operation until you have a cube, size of cube will depend on how large you made the cage.

    When you make the cage make provisions to insert banding once the crimps are secure will hold the cube together. Open the cage door and remove the cube.

    You can use any power steering pump from truck or car to power a small press such as this, small ram about 3 inch diameter with a long stroke does not have to make contact with the cage floor as you add each set the bottom set will crush even more until the cube is nicely compacted.

    You can build the cage from channel iron side by side with some spacing. The plate situated at the end of the ram should have some reinforcement to keep it from bending out of shape also a guide/slide to keep the plate positioned while working.
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    Biscuit every time you post I wish you lived next door to me just so I could share a beverage and listen to you talk about stuff. You got a double decker car hauling crane truck, crazy cat bashing hammer mills, and you drive the back roads to avoid the DOT like Bo and Luke Duke. Its dudes like you that make life interesting.

    I think your like the MacGyver of Scrapping.....

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    I have thought the same for awhile as well.

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    Or at least be close enough to borrow tools!

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    You just described a cardboard baler, So for anyone trying to build one look up pictures of them and it will give you a better visual. We use our cardboard balers to bale aluminum, copper and stainless. Seems to work half decent. Would be time consuming to build but it is doable. Check around and save up some coin because the cheapest one I have was 500$, You paid $400 for 2 cylinders.
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    Im on the lookout for a pitching machine to convert into my can crusher. gonna be loads of fun.


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