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  • FAMCO 1 Arbor Press

    This FAMCO 1 (3/4 ton) Arbor Press was a kijiji buy. It was linked on here, but I had contacted the seller already to see if it could be held until I was passing his area.


    Wasn't in horrible condition, but certainly could be better.

    I took it apart and sand blasted the bigger pieces, and hit them/others with a wire wheel too. I couldn't decide on a paint, and while trying to remove a siezed pin in the ram got the idea for a temporary "finish".

    The ram had been drilled for a pin, but it had siezed in there and broke while someone had tried removing it. I heated the ram up and melted some candle wax hoping it would wick into the voids and "lube" that pin in order to ease removal... alas it did not. The pin is a hardened steel and I tried to drill it, before deciding it wasn't worth the trouble right now.


    The candle wax however gave me the idea of protecting the metal, while also allowing the years of patina show through. So I warmed up the parts and rubbed the candle all over, letting the wax cover everything in a thin film. I may decide on a colour down the road, but I really like how this ended up, and considering it won't get used that often it should last a whilr as is.





    Then I emailed FAMCO, and asked about a replacement ram, and any possibility of dating the press? They emailed the next day with a part # and price, and asked for pics of each side.
    I sent the pics, and within minutes received a personal phone call.

    The gentleman explained they moved from Racine, WI (now Kenosha, WI) in 1952, so this press is atleast 72yrs or older. Cool!

    We also talked about fixes for the ram/pin issue, and how I could simply remove the front cap and flip the ram over if I wanted... otherwise it would work fine as is with the pin ground flat with the bottom of the ram.

    Was really awsome to get a quick reply, and then phone call to remedy the issue without having to spend $$ or time/trouble ordering new parts.


    I haven't needed a tool like this in a few years, but am pleased to now have it if needed for future use.


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    Last edited by beakie; 07-23-2020, 04:48 PM.
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    Re: FAMCO 1 Arbor Press

    Great looking press !   I like having one of those around because you can "feel" the pressure when you are trying to push something delicate.
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      Re: FAMCO 1 Arbor Press

      Originally posted by John Bartley View Post
      Great looking press !   I like having one of those around because you can "feel" the pressure when you are trying to push something delicate.
      I have never actually used one, and don't have an immediate need for this one.
      But I'm glad I got it, and look forward to using it.
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