When you think arbor presses you may think super old school archaic manual machines, or maybe you don't give it a second thought whatsoever. They are highly dependable and will do whatever they need to do, even better than high-tech machinery, which an arbor press was most likely used to build. Let’s talk types of arbors and what they can be used for in everyday life.
First off, we have the single leverage version with a grand total of 4 moving parts (some only 3.) They are simple to use and efficient. From 1 ton to 3 tons these work horses do what you expect them to do. Great for small bushings, bearings and the like, some models are small enough to be used for leather working or jewelry. The leverage ratio varies from model to model at different tons, but all have adjustable handles that slide through the spindle for a comfortable operating position.
Most popular, and my personal favorite, is the ratchet leverage model. These guys make it much easier to put on the pressure since the handle ratchets are placed in the optimum handle position. Another great feature is the hand wheel for rapid ram to work or rapid return. These models are great for broaching as some models have extra daylight for long broaches and maintain pressure on the work even when ratcheting the handle. Other models have deeper throats for larger diameter pressing, such a wheels or large work pieces. And our best kept secret is the 1-3/4 side mount arbor press. This model can be mounted just about anywhere and takes zero floor space. Mount it on the side of your hydraulic press or on a post in your shop. There are 3 to 5-ton ratchet models available.
Compound leverage arbor presses are some serious pieces of cast iron with tonnages from 6 to 15 ton. You may think that you would have to be built like a tank to operate one of these, but the effort isn’t much different than other models. How? A compound leverage mechanism allows greater pressure application with minimum effort. The sliding pin easily converts press from compound to single leverage. They come with a hand-operated brake. These are great machines for larger gear boxes, electrical generator work and any application that requires “feel” when using.
Dake has many sizes, leverages and versions of arbors but they are all “green” as they require zero electricity or fuels. They also are “red, white and blue” being made right here in Grand Haven Michigan U.S.A.