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Arbor Press Plates

Arbor Press Plates

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Arbor Press Plates (Pair)

Cut out of high strength grade 50-A572 steel plate. These arbor press plates are to replace the junk cast arbor plates that  are prone to shattering under heavy load. 

We currently offer 4 different sizes of arbor plates

7.00" X 7.00" X 1.0" Ideal size for factory replacement of the 12 ton Harbor Freight cast arbor plates

8.50" X 10.00" X 1.50" Ideal size for factory replacement of the 20 ton Harbor Freight cast arbor plates

9.75" X 9.75" X 1.50"

12.00" X 12.00" X 1.50"

The low cost cast arbor plates that are typical provided with hydraulic presses, often fail under shock loading. 

Learn from others and look at the 3rd picture above provided by Mud Slayer 2.0 on who was generous enough to provide the story below.

"I was pressing on a bushing using a Harbor Freight 20 ton press with the provided cast arbor plates. I felt the bushing starting to get stiff. about 1/4" left to go I gave one good pull and I heard POW! I felt like I had been punched in the face by a gorilla as the cast arbor plate had just exploded.

One of the guys in the shop came over to check on me and said "Dude you're face is bleeding" I had a gash right next to my left eye. I was driven to the Dr. office where I got 8 stitches. I was told I was very lucky I didnít lose my eye.

When I returned to the shop I was looking at the press and noticed the porous nature of the arbor plates. This was the day I learned about the material properties of Cast Iron."


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Rating Swag 7 x 7" Press Plates
Bought the cheap Harbor Freight 12 ton press. The included plates are a joke. We use them as door stops now. The Swag plates are overkill for this press and they are very well made. Not cheap but, worth the money if safety is important to you.
  Reviewed by:   from Honolulu, Hawaii. on 4/8/2014
Rating Arbor Plates
I can't believe how long I used the stupid cast-iron plates provided by the manufacturer. The Swag plates are something that everyone who owns ANY shop press should have. And not just for the safety factor, but the difference in precision of your work and the ease in setting up the parts and tooling. The Swag plates are precision instruments compared to the junk that's provided with the press.
  Reviewed by:   from North Florida. on 3/31/2014
Rating Massive!
These plates are amazing. Ever since seeing the picture of that guy's face, I've been hesitant to put too much pressure on my HF plates. These plates are thick and extremely heavy duty. They will be here long after the apocalypse. BTW Troy, my mail lady will be coming for you.
  Reviewed by:   from Lynchburg, VA. on 3/29/2014
Rating As Always, Great product
I as others, had one of my HF cast plates explode while pressing out front control arm bushings on my Shelby GT 500. Scared the hell out of me, dropped everything to the floor, and threw pieces of cast plate around, luckily, missed me and my car. Ordered these plates the same day, I feel very safe with these plates, THX Troy
  Reviewed by:   from Newberry Springs, Ca. on 3/25/2014
Rating Love Them
They are the perfect size for my press. No I don't have a harbor freight press. Its bigger. But they work great
  Reviewed by:   from United States. on 2/16/2014
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