My OCD's, being only partially suppressed by medication, still allow me to obsess about certain wild ideas until I a) give up, b) figure out how to make it work, or c) forget what it was all about to start with. That said, I've been thinking about the body of an arbor press and the resemblance to a certain number of other tools out there, with the main difference being the operating device planted onto the top. Got me thinking about a press body (made from reinforced large I-beams) with interchangeable tooling, which would be nice in my increasingly crowded garage and my inability to find a place for everything yet. Possible applications include bolting a hydraulic jack to it and making a C press, using the rack and pinion and attach my very old Thor 1/2" drill motor for a slow and strong drill press, bender, punch press, tapping machine. So on and so forth. So, the primary tool, the arbor press uses a simple rack and pinion to provide the force needed. Went looking for rack and pinion items the other day and didn't find too much that was both inexpensive and capable of doing what I needed it to do. Of course, what came up a lot in my searches was an automotive steering rack and pinion. Hmmmm... Just like what I needed, but I wasn't sure about what kind of pressure I could actually create with an automotive style rack and pinion, and what larger vehicles use one for steering (not likely, but I had to ask.) I figure it's got to be a decent figure, considering the overload factors built into every automobile, but wanted to see if anyone had any useful thinking they could throw out.
18 years ago