Tim writes: “Princess Auto carries basically the exact same thing as this Harbor Freight arbor press for around $35 Canadian — a great deal. I’d love to know from Toolmongers how good these really are, though. I’d be using it for things like pressing out/in suspension bushings, press-fit objects like brass bushings, pins, etc.”
I’m intrigued as well. I’ve used the “burn ’em out” method to remove suspension bushings before, and I won’t do it again. It worked, but I probably took at least ten years off my life breathing in the smoke from the rubber/polyurethane, and it made a hell of a mess. (Sean says those years aren’t much fun anyway, so no loss there. I’m not so sure.) Next time, though, I’m going to locate a properly-sized piece of pipe or tubing, cut myself a press, an use something like this to push ’em out.
Of course, that’s assuming that it’d hold together for more than one or two uses. Have any of you tried this out?
One Ton Arbor Press [Harbor Freight]