Hydraulic Press [Best Options for Your Garage]

The hydraulic press plays a vital role in the automotive sector, amplifying force through the injection of fluid (hydraulic oil).

From the automotive sector to electronic component production, hydraulic presses ensure efficiency, precision, and safety in a wide range of industrial applications.

Thanks to their ability to adapt to varying production needs and provide a controlled force, these machines have become essential pillars in modern manufacturing.

Read this article to find out what a hydraulic press is, what it’s used for, and the options available in the KROFtools catalogue. Keep reading!


What is a Hydraulic Press?

A hydraulic press is a machine that uses the force generated by the pressure of a fluid – usually oil – to generate movement.

It consists of cylinders and pistons connected to different areas of a closed system.


What is a Hydraulic Press Used For?

A hydraulic press can be used to cut, drill, bend, mould, remove, and insert components.


What Types of Hydraulic Press Are There?

There are different models out there, each of which has a unique purpose. The main types are:


Pneumatic Hydraulic Press

Aided by an air compressor, this press uses compressed air to generate the hydraulic pressure needed to operate the machine.

This type of press is advantageous because of its speed and quick responses, making it useful in applications that require fast cycles.

This type of press is generally more compact and has a lower operating cost, but it can be less powerful than other hydraulic presses.


Hydraulic Electric Press

This type of press integrates hydraulic systems with electrical components, offering precise control and energy efficiency.

Electrical energy is used to power the hydraulic pump that generates pressure in the fluid.



Manual Hydraulic Press

In this case, the press is operated manually, with no need for electric or pneumatic power.

This type of press is generally simpler and used in smaller operations or in small-scale production.

They can be useful in mechanics’ workshops or in situations where the force required is not very high, and accuracy is not a crucial concern.


Industrial Hydraulic Press

This model is more generic and can refer to a wide range of presses used in industrial contexts.

They are robust, powerful, and designed to meet large-scale production needs.

These presses can vary in size, strength capacity, and specific applications depending on the needs of the industry in which they are used.


How does a Hydraulic Press Work?

Hydraulic presses are operated through a fluid system that uses Pascal’s principle to compress the force and project it onto the plunger.

This makes it possible to significantly increase the force exerted on the opposite end, making it easier to perform tasks that require significant pressure or force.


What is the Importance of a Hydraulic Press?

Hydraulic presses exert a much higher force than can be applied manually, which is crucial in processes that require significant pressure.

They also adapt to various purposes, from industrial part production to processing materials of different shapes and sizes.

In addition, it reduces the human effort required for force-intensive tasks, which increases productivity and efficiency in car garages.


What are the Advantages of Using a Hydraulic Press?

Generally speaking, the most common advantages of this piece of equipment include:

  • Accuracy when performing tasks;
  • Large-scale production requiring the repetition of tasks with high accuracy and strength;
  • Versatility of use, as well as application on various materials, sizes and shapes, making them highly versatile;
  • Amplified force to generate a much greater force over a larger piston area, allowing you to perform tasks that require high pressure;
  • Less maintenance compared to some types of mechanical machines, as it has fewer moving components subject to wear;
  • Adaptable to variable loads, as the hydraulic system can adjust to accommodate different force intensities.


Where Can You Buy a Hydraulic Press?

Whether you need a small hydraulic press or a pneumatic press, you can buy it at a KROFtools dealer.



Which hydraulic presses are available in the KROFtools catalogue?

To improve your customer satisfaction, count on the following hydraulic presses available in the KROFtools catalogue:


  • 15-tonne Hydraulic Press with Double Speed and a Pedal



This press is able to press up to 15 tonnes with double speed and a pedal.

Click on the image to find out more about our 15-tonne Hydraulic Press with Double Speed and a Pedal (ref.4880).


  • 20-tonne Manual Hydraulic Press



This Manual Hydraulic Press is able to press up to 20 tonnes of pressure and is equipped with a protective cap and safety valve for user safety.

Click on the image to find out more about our 20-tonne manual Hydraulic Press  (ref.4898).


  • 30-tonne Manual Hydraulic Press



This Manual Hydraulic Press is able to press up to 30 tonnes of pressure.

Click on the image to find out more about our 30-tonne Manual Hydraulic Press (ref.4899).


  • 30-tonne Hydraulic Press with Double Speed and Foot Pedal



This model has a working range of 151-1031mm and a lateral stroke of 200mm for parts with larger diameters.

Click on the image to find out more about the 30-tonne Hydraulic Press with Double Speed and a Pedal (ref.4885).


  • 50-tonne Hydraulic Press with Double Speed and Foot Pedal



This press is able to press up to 50 tonnes and has a vertical stroke of 200mm and a lateral stroke of 245mm for larger parts.

In addition, it also has a pedal to ease use of the press.

Click on the image to find out more about the 50-tonne Hydraulic Press with Double Speed and a Pedal (ref.4890).


  • 100-tonne Hydraulic Press with Electric Double Speed



This electric hydraulic press is able to press up to 100 tonnes and has a width of 787mm so as to ensure compatibility with all kinds of components.

In addition, this machine has a motor to aid the hydraulics.

Click on the image to find out more about our 100-tonne Hydraulic press with Electric Double Speed (ref.4897).


What Should Be Taken into Account When Buying a Hydraulic Press?

When buying a pneumatic hydraulic press, you should take into account the following characteristics:

  • Vertical stroke;
  • Lateral stroke;
  • Width;
  • Working range;
  • Capacity;
  • Safety valve;
  • Protector Screen.

Along with these features, you should consider other hydraulic press accessories, as they can make a difference in the productivity of your workshop.

Each type of hydraulic press has its own advantages and can be adapted to different application needs, operating sizes, and accuracy levels.


How Should you Choose the Best Hydraulic Press for your Garage?

The choice of the right hydraulic press depends on the specific needs of the industrial process and the desired characteristics for which the machine is operated. Here are some important considerations:

  • Type of work: if you’re doing smaller, less frequent jobs, a hand press may suffice. If, however, you need more force or precision, it may be better to consider an electric or pneumatic hydraulic model;
  • Available space: at this point, you should organise your garage. Smaller or bench presses may be ideal if you have limited space, while larger presses may be more suitable if you can fit them in;
  • Force required: assess the force you’ll need for the work you do in your garage. Be sure to choose a press with the force required to handle the needs of the job, whether for cutting, moulding, or any other process.


Which Precautions Should You Take When Working With a Hydraulic Press?

When handling a hydraulic press, you must follow these occupational safety rules:

  1. Use personal protective equipment such as safety goggles, work gloves, and the protection cap;
  2. Check press fluid levels;
  3. Check press temperatures;
  4. Do not overload the press;
  5. Wear non-slip shoes;
  6. Place on a flat, stable, dry surface;
  7. Keep feet and hands out of the work area;
  8. Do not let untrained personnel handle the press.


How Much Does a Hydraulic Press Cost?

The price of a hydraulic press can vary between hundreds and thousands of euros, depending on its pressure capacity and other characteristics.

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