Dake’s B-10 manual hydraulic press is an H-frame press that can be mounted on your sturdy benchtop or workstation. It features a 10-ton capacity, adjustable-height table, movable workhead (for off-center pressing), top-mounted pressure gauge that reads in tons and PSI, and a pressure release valve.
The press comes with a flat ram nose, reduced step nose, and two table plates. It weighs in at 165 pounds and is 23″ long x 18″ wide x 36″ tall. Distance between horizontal uprights is 16-3/4″, and ram travel is 6″.
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This has been on my own wishlist for a while, for three reasons. First, you get a Dake product for not much more than a generic-branded 10-ton bench press. Although, it looks like this press might be made overseas and not in the USA like Dake’s others products. Second, it’s compact enough that it can be mounted on a strong and sturdy bench in order to save floor space. Third, it’s strong enough for what I would use it for.
Even so, this is not the press you would want if you’re looking for a do-everything press. The general recommendation is that, when looking for a hydraulic press, you should buy the biggest and largest that you can afford and work with. For auto and engine work, 20 ton presses seem to be the defacto standard.
The B-10 press is a compact utility press that is probably intended as a complementary press rather than a small shop’s only hydraulic press. In my mind, it’s the type of press to consider when looking for an arbor press and a 3-ton press just isn’t big enough and a 5-ton press is too large, heavy, or costly.
There’s also a floor-standing model with similar features. The F-10 is priced at $485 via Amazon.
Here is a Baileigh alternative:
We had both Baileigh and Dake equipment in our shop – (not these tools) – and were satisfied with both brands.
Eastwood, Grizzly, and a few other brands also offer similarly sized and styled presses as well.
I like the idea of the Dake’s I-beam-style table over the Baileigh’s. The Grizzly looks similar, but lacks some of the structural reinforcement of the Dake.
I don’t have a need for a press or at least I don’t think I do. What are some of the recurrent uses someone would have for a Hydraulic Press?
A press can be used for assembly and disassembly tasks, such as popping bearings in an out of something. Or it could be used for machining applications, such as broaching, or fabrication applications such as with brake or shear accessories.
Got it. None of those tasks currently happening in my life or in the long term future. Cool tool, just no need for it.
pressing bearings and such into things,press fits,too many used to list.
As an aside – related to you comment about Grizzly – I’d recommend a visit to one of their showrooms if you live nearby one – or are travelling in the vicinity. I often stopped at the one at the Lycoming Mall in Pennsylvania – when one of my kids was at Penn State.
Also my comment about Baileigh is more related to my experience with one of their mandrel tubing benders that we had good experience with – bending up to 3 inch diameter tubing. As you can probably surmise – this was not a bench top tool by any stretch of the imagination.