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..
Wasn't it MB Cat who built a track press?
Originally Posted by Catman
You might want to take a look at these threads re commercial presses.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Have you seen these videos. They might give you some ideas.
(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.
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.
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..