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Moving die plates

Will Cushman asked how we moved the die plates around the shop. If my shop was in a single building or even on a the same level it would be a great deal easier.

To move the dies from under the bench to the top of the bench to work on them I use a home made swing arm with a harbor freight electric hoist.IMG_0671s

To move them to the mill or the truck we use a foot operated lift.

IMG_0669sNow to get them to the press I use a 3/4 ton cheve with a hydraulic lift gate. The key here is the lift gate. It allows me to adjust the height. This is important due to all the different heights I have to deal with at the different shops.

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Now we off load at the fab shop and onto a working die press moveable bench.

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From here I can adjust the height of the table to match the press and slide it into the press.

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All the tooling and raw unstamped stock is on the moveable parts table.

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Hope this answers all your questions. Chat with you soon.

 

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