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    I am Looking to Build a Track Press, to remove Pins and Bushes & Refit, from Cat 20 throu Cat 40 size of rails, I plan on removing the Pads 1st, Some time ago i read a thread about track presses and some neet photos, I am going back a good while.

    Does anyone have any piccs of a Track Press unit ?, and what type of Hyd Clyinder do I need to use, and what Pressure Do I need my Power Pack to run to ?, I was looking to use a 3-phase Hyd Pack..

    Thanks Catman

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catman View Post
    Some time ago i read a thread about track presses and some neet photos, I am going back a good while.
    Wasn't it MB Cat who built a track press?

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    You might want to take a look at these threads re commercial presses.

    http://www.heavyequipmentforums.com/...ad.php?t=18297

    Berco also sells a press; probably reselling the Bignozzi. If you have a service press maybe you can purchase a C frame, yoke and some tooling if its easier/cheaper than building one. Might be safer too.

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    I don't recall seeing anything fabricated that I especially liked but for some reason I kept these pictures. Don't know where they came from.

    I was always intriged by the commercial trailer mount version even though it was mechanical drive....could be converted to a hydraulic version. I'd say minimum 60 ton, preferably 100 ton capability.

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    CM, this is the press that rotated the p + b on my D8.

    He has a electric motor hooked to a socket that easy to swing and move back and forth for track pad bolt removal. The channel is full of rollers so the p+b's are easy to line up with the press. If you have to drag the rails on friction it's too hard to line the pins up. I believe he pressed both p+b out and rotated a half turn and pressed them right back in before moving to the next link. After rotating the p+b's he ran the links back under the socket and put the pads back on.

    Since you have lots of p+b's to turn and will probably have future cats needing service build you something nice that will simplify your life in the long run.

    If you would like some more pics I can swing by there and take some for you.
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    Catman Pressing out trackpins need a very high pressure and can be very dangerous . Best look for a second hand press and not attempt to build your ? Atlas

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    Thanks OM & Mike, Oil Drums are always a good working height , Atlas I will build a Nice Unit with Safety in Mind

    I just need to Find a Suitable Ram out back, and sum Heavy RSJ's and Channel, Followed by a Fag Packet Sketch and turn the Amps up on Welder

    thanks CM

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    Have you seen these videos. They might give you some ideas.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxxOF...eature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Lneu...eature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGQnw...eature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNhRG...eature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBDxT...eature=related
    (Can't see much here but looks rather simple in concept. Maybe you could commission K of O to design something that was more simple and cheaper to build. Perhaps a tilt cylinder out of a D8H or K would be a good place to start.

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    You probably won't care to hear this, but a few months ago a complete track press sold on Gov't liquidation (Missouri)....wasn't berco, but it was a similar type unit....think it went for less than $1000.
    I would have bid myself but didn't have the time to go get it.

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    at $1000 It would of been worth buying a Comercial unit, I Love the Twin Ram 360 Ton Press Unit, I dount I can get one for $1000 USD , the You-Tube Link to the 360 twin ram m/c, the guy had best keep his fingers out of crush area.. Someone Better tell him to "GET HIS FINGER OUT" I recon Atlas is thinking Ouuttthh

    I am looking to burn out some C Clamps and make a Portable unit, which I can also use to press the master Pin Out also, Save the Gas Axe and Sledge Hammer. I love the Commerical Units for speed and Productive, but for a Hobby Job, I will Keep it Simple and Over Engineer a G-Clamp Unit Based on the Track Buster 1000 Design.

    OM Your Piccs Might be the Ones I have seen in the Past , If it Works, then It Does the Job , Is 100 Ton Enough for Cat 30 Rails, and What PSI / Bar Pressure do I need to run at ??

    Mike Mc, Out of Interest what was the cost for your Pro Guy to remove pads, turn pin / bush, refit pads ?? on your D8..

    CM

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