Some jobs in a vehicle workshop simply can’t be done by hand.
Think massive forces in a precise area — or punching holes through tough materials. For jobs like these, there’s only one safe and accurate way of doing it:
And that’s with a dedicated Hydraulic Press.
Here’s everything you need to know about hydraulic press machines — and why smart workshops know they can’t do without one:
What is a hydraulic press used for?
Hydraulic press machines are used for a wide variety of jobs in different industries — from punching and moulding to stretch forming and compacting.
But for a commercial vehicle workshop, they’re an essential bit of kit in specific situations.
A typical workshop uses a hydraulic press for:
- Pressing wheel bearings
- Punching holes
- Assembling components
- Separating rusted parts
- And straightening metal (such as frames).
These jobs all require an incredible level of force — usually applied over a small area with complete precision.
That means they’re not easy (or even possible) with a manual approach using standard hand tools. You need a dedicated piece of equipment that’s designed to apply massive pressure — without the risks that come with less controlled approaches.
How do they help your teams?
The first reason should be obvious — they’re much stronger than a person!
For jobs that need a huge amount of force (like punching holes or straightening frames), a manual approach simply won’t cut it. It’s a waste of time and energy, and there’s a risk your teams could end up injuring themselves in the process.
The second reason is accuracy. The best hydraulic presses come with precise controls to help you position your components and apply an exact force — giving you a level of precision you won’t get with manual tools.
Finally (and importantly), they can help your teams to carry out their jobs with minimal risk.
As well as protecting the components and vehicles you’re working on, a controlled machine keeps your workers at a distance from the extreme forces they need to apply. So if something goes wrong, they’ll have a much lower chance of being injured.
And that’s only comparing the basic concept:
Our own Totalkare Hydraulic Presses come with a range of additional safety features to keep your teams out of harm’s way, including:
- Built-in safety overload valves
- Foot-operated controls to keep your hands free
- A pressure gauge at eye level for full awareness
- And a high-strength welded frame for full stability.
What size does your workshop need?
There’s a wide range of machinery that can help you get the job done — from small benchtop hydraulic presses up to the larger floor-based electric hydraulic press.
The equipment you need depends on the jobs you’re likely to carry out: the forces involved, and the sizes of the components you’re working on.
That could mean:
- A Hand Hydraulic Junior Press (16, 20, or 25 tonnes) — for passenger car workshops and LCVs
- A Hand Hydraulic Press (40, 60, or 100 tonnes) — for truck workshops and industry
- An Electro-Hydraulic Press (40, 60, or 100 tonnes) — for truck workshops and heavy industry.
Need some help choosing?
If you’re a workshop that regularly deals with heavy-duty components, a hydraulic shop press could be one of the wisest investments you make.
Not just in terms of speed and productivity — but the safety and wellbeing of your workers on the shop floor.
So if you’re looking for an accurate and reliable piece of kit, you can find the right fit in our full range of Hydraulic Presses — or you can start a chat with one of our specialists to help you find exactly what your workshop needs.