I’m looking into getting a hydraulic press to use for die forming.
I’ve been using a bonny doon 20T press and it’s great, but sadly I
won’t have access to it anymore and it’s just not in the budget right
I’ve been looking at alternative options in the sub-$600 range. I’m
finding a pretty wide variety of H-frame hydraulic presses, but I’ve
never used one and I’m not sure if it would work similarly. Does
anyone use one of these? Does it do the same job? The ones I’ve seen
look like they have the bottle jack mounted to the top of the frame
and press down… but there doesn’t appear to be a flat surface, just
a ram. They also look really heavy… I’m 5’3 and most likely going
to move studio space at least twice in the next year or so.
I’ve also seen plans for a DIY press floating about, but I don’t have
the welding skills to put something like that together (I tried… it
failed miserably). Is there anyone making smallish hydraulic presses
that would work for jewelry applications? Does anyone use a DIY
press? I know a guy with a TIG welder who I could probably hire to
make one, but after my failed attempt I’m wondering if it would
Of course, what I really want is a used bonny doon… but people
don’t seem to be giving those up sadly. Any suggestions on what to
use until I’ve got a better budget for equipment?