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Air Arbor Presses: Set Up, Trouble Shooting, and Maintenance

Dake Presses: Set Up, Trouble Shooting, and Maintenance

Every press you own will require setting the press up for safe and efficient operation. Even if it’s an air arbor press or standard manual arbor press, they need your help so they can help you. This week we kick off the Dake series, Dake presses: set up, trouble shooting, and maintenance. Yes, an arbor press is pretty straight forward, but to get the most out of the press and to keep you safe we’ll start out easy and work our way to the more complexed hydraulic presses over the coming weeks.

(Some model presses require in-depth guidance and will be referred to the owner’s manual for step-by-step instructions)

Dake Air Arbor Press. (All models)


  1. Find a safe location for the press, away from areas of other operations or where the air hose could be damaged. Fasten the press to the bench or work surface, using the mounting holes provided.
  2. Connect a 3/8” air supply to the filter-regulator located at the rear of the press frame.
    CAUTION! Air must be moisture free! Water in the air supply may damage the press beyond repair! Air line lubrication is not required.
  1. Adjust the air regulator for proper operating pressure as follows:

- 400-pound model (1-204) at 90 psi.

- 1000-pound model (1-210) at 85 psi.

- 2000-pound model at (1-220) at 100 psi.



  1. Fasten press to bench, pedestal, floor, or work surface. Never use an arbor press without it being fastened down or they can tip over.
  2. Under no circumstances should you increase the leverage ratio of the press by using a longer handle or by placing a pipe over the handle. Never hammer on top of the ram
  3. Lubrication: Keep all working parts of the press well-oiled for easier operation. Also, keep a light film of oil over the entire surface of the ram to prevent rust.
  4. Compound leverage presses. Make sure sliding pins are in good order.

This is just the tip of the iceberg with many different styles and types of presses we hope over the coming weeks we can cover them all. But in the meantime, if you have a question or need information on Dake presses we invite you to check out our manual section of our web site. 

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