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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 Pirate4x4.com 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 Principal Technician
 
Quick Shipping & Quality that exceeded my expectations! The plates were even Machined (flycut) on all sides! I am proud of them as well as feeling Much safer with them. Thanks Guys! Paul
  Reviewed by:   from San Antonio. on 6/12/2014
5/5
Rating Gunsmith
 
I purchased these after reading about what can happen with cast iron arbor plates. The photos of the guy on this site who took it "on the cheek" further convinced me. Since purchasing these I've pressed out several pins and pressed in barrels as well. I still always wear safety goggles, of course, and sometimes stand out of the "line of fire" whenever possible, but my confidence that these won't explode is now infinite. I recommend them to anyone who has a press. Furthermore, the original arbor plates I had were not 100% flat. These are as flat as a pancake, lending further stability to the entire press platform.
  Reviewed by:   from Northern Virginia. on 6/11/2014
5/5
Rating Auto repair shop owner/ technician
 
Big improvement over my 50yo plates, nice smooth finish.
  Reviewed by:   from Bethlehem, Ct.. on 6/8/2014
5/5
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
5/5
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
5/5
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