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This one is for you motorcycle motor gurus,

I want to buy a hydraulic press for home and don't need an expensive press like the one I use at work (I'm an auto mechanic). I've been shopping around a have found many inexpensive presses starting as low as 100 bucks for a 12ton. I want to be able use this for all kinds of motorcycles not just a DRZ so the question is:::::::Will a 12ton'er be enough for motorcycle repair or should I go for a 20ton or more? What are you gurus using and if there are any presses you recommend because it is motorcycle specific then::::::What is it and where can I get it? I'm also in interested special adaptors that are made to use with a press for rebuilding motorcycle engines so::::::What do you got and where can I get it?

Also:::::Is there a minimum width? What should be the minimum working area of the press be to be a good press for motorcycle repair?

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What ever you get,, buy a GOOD, flat set of arbor plates.. The cast non machined junk that comes with all cheap presses, and some better ones are not worth the steel they are cast from.

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Steel???? Is that what that pot metal is supposed to be :D

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Thanks for the quick responses all,

Any you guys got any links to online specialty tool shops that are geared for this and/or motorcycle repair?

Also:::::What's a good minimum press depth that will handle anything a bike might through at me?

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Thanks for the quick responses all,

Any you guys got any links to online specialty tool shops that are geared for this and/or motorcycle repair?

Also:::::What's a good minimum press depth that will handle anything a bike might through at me?

As a rule.. the only tool I trust from Harbor Freight is a hammer..... But

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=32879 32879.gif

This simple 20 ton press has worked very well :D I would never try and use it in a shop, but for occasional home use it does OK.

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As a rule.. the only tool I trust from Harbor Freight is a hammer..... But

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=32879 32879.gif

This simple 20 ton press has worked very well :D I would never try and use it in a shop, but for occasional home use it does OK.

I bought the same one. There are bolts that go through the frame from front to rear and there's way too much play. I pounded some 1/2" washers in to take out the play and replaced the four through-bolts with eight short bolts. I know that all sounds incomprensible to someone who doesn't have experience with one of those, but those who do will understand.

Other Harbor Freight tools that have served me well:

Motorcycle lift (aluminum):

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=91960

Digital multimeter (DMM) is fine for car and bike work ($4 when on sale):

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=92020

Battery load tester ($14 on sale):

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=90636

Digital calipers ($16 on sale):

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=47257

(they are every bit as accurate and repeatable as the Mitutoyo calibrated stuff at work. Tried multiple comparisons.)

Big-a$$ slide hammer:

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=5223

Pulled bearings races when nothing else would. Wouldn't be an everyday tool, though.

They also have a few nice hand tools (and this from someone who has a fair sized collection of SK, Vise Grip, Craftsman, etc. stuff) if you look carefully. Most of it is utter rubbish, but other stuff is getting really good. I was very impressed with their adjustable wrenches. Some of their screwdrivers are good, too. Various socket extensions, wobble adapters, etc. are quite reputable, too.

I have never seen any handheld power tool from them that looked worth carrying to the car if they gave it away. It's scary-bad stuff. In general, if you can't see it in person, don't buy it.

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I bought the same one. There are bolts that go through the frame from front to rear and there's way too much play. I pounded some 1/2" washers in to take out the play and replaced the four through-bolts with eight short bolts. I know that all sounds incomprensible to someone who doesn't have experience with one of those, but those who do will understand.

LOL,, You don't own a welder and cutting torch do ya :D

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Bolts... What would I need bolts for? :D

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Either you guys remember what the shipping was on this 200lb sucker?

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Any of the stores local to you close enough to drive to?

Harbor Freight Retail Store Locations

New York

ALBANY, NY 1770 CENTRAL AVE, STE 4 518-452-3875

BUFFALO,NY 1459 NIAGRA FALLS BLVD 716-835-6435

ROCHESTER,NY 1040 EAST RIDGE ROAD 585-544-5154

SYRACUSE,NY 709 N. MAIN ST. 315-452-9121

UTICA, NY 5127 COMMERCIAL DRIVE 315-736-3984

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LOL,, You don't own a welder and cutting torch do ya :D

Yes, I do, but I really hate painting stuff and I hate rust, so I went for bolts.

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