I was visiting an old friend today - helping him advertise some stationary tools he wants to get out of his shop. In the process I ended up buying from him a small hydraulic press with a 12 ton hydraulic jack. He made it some time ago to do a job and it's been in the corner ever since. It's approximately 29 in. high x 15 in. wide (outside dimensions).
I also bought a dozen or so c clamps as some of mine were substandard. Brought home a number of pieces of steel - mostly keystock and round bar - it's always handy and he will be sending what's left (lots) to the scrap yard for about $90 a ton (I think it was about that last time I checked).
I've never used a hydraulic press but figure it might be easier on my medium sized record vice if I use the press instead of the vice. It's pretty basic as you can see below.
Another photo showing the jack and the plate over the two adjustable rods. It has 3 positions possible for the "table".
He added reinforcement where the top of the jack hits the frame.
I'm looking for ideas on fixtures to use for this - ones that can be used for a number of jobs. I imagine I'll be using it to straighten shafts and possibly bend bar stock (if it's substantial enough for this). I can also see using it to press fittings together and to press them apart (occasionally).