Hi guys, sorry I need to pick your brains! I know what I want to do, but am not sure the best way to go about it - so apologies in advance for rambling.
I'd like to be able to cut repetitive shapes in silver (up to 0.8mm probably) and am trying to work out the best way to go about it, i.e. what tool would I get the most efficiency out of.
Having done lots of reading, I think I've decided pancake / shearing dies are the best method i.e. easiest and a relatively cheap investment. But to be honest I'm completely confused about what I need - some recommendations for an arbor press, others a hydraulic press. If I use an arbor press would something like this 1 ton version do it? The hydraulic presses seem to be much more powerful, but I'm not sure I need that much pressure for this purpose!
What I don't want to do though is buy a press that will be great for this job, and not versatile enough for other uses. Learning as I go with no proper training means I've never used a press before, so I don't know exactly what I would want to do with it yet. So I guess my question is two fold
- would the press indicated above be man enough for the job I currently have planned for it
and second - if you have a press, what do you use it for and do I need something more powerful to allow me to grow or will this be plenty powerful enough for a variey of uses?
During my research I also saw the RT blanking system, but am hopeless at sawing, so am not sure this would be of any use to me - hence getting someone to create custom pancake dies for me instead. I don't think you can bash the shapes out of these with a hammer, which is why I'm looking for a press, but please tell me if I'm wrong!
in advance xx.