I used to think that arbor presses could be bought from Harbor Freight, Grizzly, or other "store brand" sources. I even came close to buying one, not knowing that it was merely a "counterfeit" machine; one that looked like an arbor press until I had seen the real thing. As usual, the genuine article costs many times the price of the counterfeit, but unlike used dollars, used arbor presses are often quite cheap, especially if you are willing to do some minor repairs yourself. This is what I did on a 50 year old 1/4 ton Greenerd press that I got off ebay for $110. It was in pretty good condition, aside from a bent handle and missing anvil.


Bent handle. The white line is straight. Since a new anvil from Greenerd costs around $84.00, I decided to make one of my own design. The press has holes that I used to mount the anvil, which is just a 3 by 4-1/2 piece of 1/2" steel plate.


The above photo shows my "power hacksaw" (powered by the Advanced Reciprocating Mechanical System) most of the way through the first of three cuts.


Facing it flat. This is a big job for the little Taig lathe. I used plenty of cutting lube and also my power crossfeed. The rubber band on the chuck keeps the chuck jaws from rattling



Drilling a hole to mount the plate to the press.


And the new press at work stamping numbers on a compass dial. I made some accessories for this press and there are more coming eventually. Right now I've just made a stamp holder and a center punch.


These all mount in the 1/2" diameter hole in the end of the ram. From left to right: I never did straighten the handle. I tried clamping it in a big vise and using a 3 pound hammer on it, but I only managed to learn that it is made of pretty tough steel. This speaks well for the quality of my press, which can probably work at twice it's rated capacity, but since it should last proportionately longer if used within the stated limits, I don't plan to overload it. I've also made a set of charts to show the necessary interference for several sizes of presses. It also has data for bending and straightening shafts. For more info on that, click here