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PME PZY 3150-2000 NG Hydraulic Double Column Press Hydraulic Presses
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 3,100 x 2,920 x 6,050 mm
Year of manufacture 2013
Weight approx. 39,000 kg
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Delivery terms EXW Enkenbach, ex foundation, unpackaged
Enkenbach Germany, 67677 Enkenbach
15/12/2021 10:02
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OFF MECC OLEODINAMICHE 60/2050 Press + Cantilever Rack with Content
OFF MECC OLEODINAMICHE 60/2050 Press + Cantilever Rack with Content Presses
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 5,000 x 1,900 x 2,800 mm
Year of manufacture unknown
Weight approx. 6,500 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Garbagnate Milanese, loaded on truck
Garbagnate Milanese Italy, 20024 Garbagnate Milanese
22/12/2021 10:00
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1,200 €
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 2,200 x 1,200 x 1,800 mm
Year of manufacture unknown
Weight approx. 4,000 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Herborn, loaded on truck
Herborn Germany, 55758 Herborn
11/01/2022 10:39
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990 €
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EUROMAC P.B.350.S Horizontal Bending Press Presses
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 1,300 x 1,270 x 1,250 mm
Year of manufacture unknown
Weight approx. 500 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Freiberg am Neckar, loaded on truck
Freiberg am Neckar Germany, 71691 Freiberg am Neckar
04/01/2022 14:09
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2,440 €
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 950 x 800 x 1,700 mm
Year of manufacture 2009
Weight approx. 1,000 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Neufahrn-Mintraching, loaded on truck
Neufahrn-Mintraching Germany, 85375 Neufahrn-Mintraching
20/01/2022 10:09
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1,300 €
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GRÄBENER GK 180/2472 Toggle Press Presses
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 2,400 x 1,300 x 2,100 mm
Year of manufacture unknown
Weight approx. 3,000 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Herborn, loaded on truck
Herborn Germany, 55758 Herborn
11/01/2022 10:09
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500 €
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MHG LC.1S.DM100-2000 Hydraulic Press Hydraulic Presses
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 5,500 x 3,000 x 6,000 mm
Year of manufacture 2018
Weight approx. 25,000 kg
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Delivery terms EXW Zamudio, ex foundation, unpackaged
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Zamudio Spain, 48170 Zamudio
27/01/2022 11:05
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55,000 €
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HEILBRONN EPV 25 Eccentric Press Eccentric Presses
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 1,300 x 1,300 x 1,850 mm
Year of manufacture unknown
Weight approx. 2,000 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Freiberg am Neckar, loaded on truck
Freiberg am Neckar Germany, 71691 Freiberg am Neckar
04/01/2022 14:00
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2,600 €
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 800 x 500 x 500 mm
Year of manufacture 2009
Weight approx. 70 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Neufahrn-Mintraching, loaded on truck
Neufahrn-Mintraching Germany, 85375 Neufahrn-Mintraching
20/01/2022 10:13
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510 €
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 800 x 500 x 500 mm
Year of manufacture 2009
Weight approx. 70 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Neufahrn-Mintraching, loaded on truck
Neufahrn-Mintraching Germany, 85375 Neufahrn-Mintraching
20/01/2022 10:04
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470 €
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 800 x 500 x 500 mm
Year of manufacture 2009
Weight approx. 70 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Neufahrn-Mintraching, loaded on truck
Neufahrn-Mintraching Germany, 85375 Neufahrn-Mintraching
20/01/2022 10:00
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470 €
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GECHTER 70 KNFED Pneumatic Press Presses
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 700 x 700 x 1,500 mm
Year of manufacture 1987
Weight approx. 250 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Herborn, loaded on truck
Herborn Germany, 55758 Herborn
11/01/2022 10:46
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200 €
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PAUL MÜLLER EXP 15 Eccentric Press Eccentric Presses
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 1,100 x 800 x 1,700 mm
Year of manufacture 1970
Weight approx. 600 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Herborn, loaded on truck
Herborn Germany, 55758 Herborn
11/01/2022 10:32
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220 €
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LAUFFER VSKO 68 Hydraulic Press Hydraulic Presses
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 1,800 x 1,400 x 2,800 mm
Year of manufacture 1986
Weight approx. 2,500 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Vettelschoß, loaded on truck
Vettelschoß Germany, 53560 Vettelschoß
15/12/2021 10:03
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 10,550 x 2,700 x 3,300 mm
Year of manufacture unknown
Weight approx. 12,000 kg
Item available from 20/12/2021
Delivery terms FCA Bergamo, loaded on truck
Bergamo Italy, 24127 Bergamo
15/12/2021 10:19
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3,000 €
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 1,500 x 2,600 x 3,100 mm
Year of manufacture unknown
Weight approx. 11,000 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Elche - Alicante, loaded on truck
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Elche - Alicante Spain, 03203 Elche - Alicante
27/01/2022 11:13
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3,000 €
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 1,000 x 1,000 x 1,400 mm
Year of manufacture 2020
Weight approx. 310 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Zona Industriale di Calcinato, loaded on truck
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Zona Industriale di Calcinato Italy, 25011 Zona Industriale di Calcinato
17/01/2022 10:20
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2,470 €
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 1,000 x 1,000 x 1,400 mm
Year of manufacture 2020
Weight approx. 310 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Zona Industriale di Calcinato, loaded on truck
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Zona Industriale di Calcinato Italy, 25011 Zona Industriale di Calcinato
17/01/2022 13:23
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 1,000 x 1,000 x 1,400 mm
Year of manufacture 2020
Weight approx. 310 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Zona Industriale di Calcinato, loaded on truck
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Zona Industriale di Calcinato Italy, 25011 Zona Industriale di Calcinato
17/12/2021 12:04
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 1,000 x 1,000 x 1,400 mm
Year of manufacture 2020
Weight approx. 310 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Zona Industriale di Calcinato, loaded on truck
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Zona Industriale di Calcinato Italy, 25011 Zona Industriale di Calcinato
17/12/2021 09:16
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HIROS 50T Gantry Press Double Column Presses
Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 1,500 x 500 x 2,000 mm
Year of manufacture unknown
Weight approx. 500 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Zona Industriale di Calcinato, loaded on truck
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Zona Industriale di Calcinato Italy, 25011 Zona Industriale di Calcinato
17/01/2022 11:03
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HIROS 50T Gantry Press Hydraulic Presses
Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 1,500 x 500 x 2,000 mm
Year of manufacture unknown
Weight approx. 500 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Zona Industriale di Calcinato, loaded on truck
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Zona Industriale di Calcinato Italy, 25011 Zona Industriale di Calcinato
17/01/2022 10:16
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IRHOS 50T Gantry Press Presses
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 1,500 x 500 x 2,000 mm
Year of manufacture unknown
Weight approx. 500 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Zona Industriale di Calcinato, loaded on truck
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Zona Industriale di Calcinato Italy, 25011 Zona Industriale di Calcinato
17/12/2021 09:48
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 1,500 x 1,550 x 3,450 mm
Year of manufacture 1962
Weight approx. 9,100 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Elche - Alicante, loaded on truck
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Elche - Alicante Spain, 03203 Elche - Alicante
27/01/2022 11:21
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2,000 €
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Filter press
Filter press Presses
Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. unknown
Year of manufacture unknown
Weight approx. 5,000 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Aviano, loaded on truck
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Aviano Italy, 33081 Aviano
10/01/2022 10:06
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 1,945 x 1,245 x 2,880 mm
Year of manufacture 1979
Weight approx. 6,500 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Schwäbisch Gmünd, free on truck
Schwäbisch Gmünd Germany, 73529 Schwäbisch Gmünd
15/12/2021 10:23
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 3,300 x 1,000 x 2,500 mm
Year of manufacture unknown
Weight approx. 9,000 kg
Item available from 20/12/2021
Delivery terms FCA Bergamo, loaded on truck
Bergamo Italy, 24127 Bergamo
15/12/2021 10:17
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 2,120 x 1,550 x 3,000 mm
Year of manufacture unknown
Weight approx. 7,000 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Nürnberg, loaded on truck
Nürnberg Germany, 90439 Nürnberg
16/12/2021 12:03
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800 €
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FINN-POWER P 32 MS Pipe hydraulic press Hydraulic Presses
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 700 x 850 x 1,500 mm
Year of manufacture 2000
Weight approx. 180 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Pinerolo, loaded on truck
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Pinerolo Italy, 10064  Pinerolo
21/12/2021 13:03
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1,400 €
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 1,800 x 1,660 x 2,200 mm
Year of manufacture unknown
Weight approx. 3,000 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Herborn, loaded on truck
Herborn Germany, 55758 Herborn
11/01/2022 11:09
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800 €
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Screw Press
Screw Press Presses
Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 1,800 x 800 x 2,700 mm
Year of manufacture unknown
Weight approx. 4,000 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Herborn, loaded on truck
Herborn Germany, 55758 Herborn
11/01/2022 10:25
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400 €
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HBM P 10 Workshop press - hydraulic Hydraulic Presses
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 800 x 550 x 200 mm
Year of manufacture unknown
Weight approx. 50 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Velen-Ramsdorf, loaded on truck
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Velen-Ramsdorf Germany, 46342 Velen-Ramsdorf
16/12/2021 11:41
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380 €
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HBM P 10 Workshop press - hydraulic Hydraulic Presses
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 800 x 550 x 200 mm
Year of manufacture unknown
Weight approx. 50 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Velen-Ramsdorf, loaded on truck
Velen-Ramsdorf Germany, 46342 Velen-Ramsdorf
21/12/2021 11:57
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380 €
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. unknown
Year of manufacture unknown
Weight approx. 1 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Pinerolo, loaded on truck
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Pinerolo Italy, 10064  Pinerolo
21/12/2021 11:58
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350 €
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Bench Press
Bench Press Presses
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 500 x 400 x 800 mm
Year of manufacture unknown
Weight approx. 50 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Zona Industriale di Calcinato, loaded on truck
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Zona Industriale di Calcinato Italy, 25011 Zona Industriale di Calcinato
17/12/2021 12:24
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BURGER DO 7 Press Mechanical Presses
Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 1,100 x 600 x 1,700 mm
Year of manufacture unknown
Weight approx. 1,100 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Nürnberg, loaded on truck
Nürnberg Germany, 90439 Nürnberg
16/12/2021 12:05
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410 €
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HBM 16 - 400 Hydraulic crimping tongs Hydraulic Presses
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 600 x 250 x 150 mm
Year of manufacture unknown
Weight approx. 15 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Velen-Ramsdorf, loaded on truck
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Velen-Ramsdorf Germany, 46342 Velen-Ramsdorf
16/12/2021 09:56
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250 €
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Hydraulic press with accessories
Hydraulic press with accessories Hydraulic Presses
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. unknown
Year of manufacture unknown
Weight approx. 1 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Pinerolo, loaded on truck
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Pinerolo Italy, 10064  Pinerolo
21/12/2021 11:50
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200 €
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Hydraulic Press
Hydraulic Press Hydraulic Presses
Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 650 x 500 x 1,450 mm
Year of manufacture unknown
Weight approx. 200 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Ansbach, loaded on truck
Ansbach Germany, 91522 Ansbach
14/12/2021 14:08
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240 €
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PAUL MÜLLER EXP 10-T Eccentric Press Eccentric Presses
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 900 x 700 x 1,750 mm
Year of manufacture 1977
Weight approx. 3,000 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Herborn, loaded on truck
Herborn Germany, 55758 Herborn
11/01/2022 10:38
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610 €
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 950 x 750 x 1,600 mm
Year of manufacture 1980
Weight approx. 2,000 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Herborn, loaded on truck
Herborn Germany, 55758 Herborn
11/01/2022 10:33
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150 €
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Screw Press
Screw Press Presses
Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 1,150 x 500 x 2,000 mm
Year of manufacture unknown
Weight approx. 1,000 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Herborn, loaded on truck
Herborn Germany, 55758 Herborn
11/01/2022 10:23
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150 €
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Pneumatic Press
Pneumatic Press Presses
Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 515 x 515 x 1,800 mm
Year of manufacture unknown
Weight approx. 130 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Manresa, loaded on truck
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Manresa Spain, 08240 Manresa
27/01/2022 11:41
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PAUL MÜLLER EXP 35 Eccentric Press Eccentric Presses
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 1,350 x 1,200 x 1,900 mm
Year of manufacture 1969
Weight approx. 1,500 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Herborn, loaded on truck
Herborn Germany, 55758 Herborn
11/01/2022 10:42
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320 €
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 900 x 700 x 1,650 mm
Year of manufacture 1959
Weight approx. 400 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Herborn, loaded on truck
Herborn Germany, 55758 Herborn
11/01/2022 10:30
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80 €
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 900 x 700 x 1,800 mm
Year of manufacture 2007
Weight approx. 200 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Falkenberg, loaded on truck
Falkenberg Germany, 04895 Falkenberg
12/01/2022 15:25
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80 €
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Manual Spindle Press
Manual Spindle Press Presses
Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 900 x 700 x 1,600 mm
Year of manufacture unknown
Weight approx. 150 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Herborn, loaded on truck
Herborn Germany, 55758 Herborn
11/01/2022 10:03
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Dimensions (l x w x h) approx. 520 x 500 x 1,400 mm
Year of manufacture unknown
Weight approx. 30 kg
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Delivery terms FCA Herborn, loaded on truck
Herborn Germany, 55758 Herborn
11/01/2022 10:02
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Definition: Presses

Many mechanical and hydraulic presses are available for the cold forming of metal, but also for joining, prototyping and cutting (press brakes, trimming presses, etc.). Hydraulic presses, e.g. deep-drawing, straightening and die spotting presses work with an enormous pressing force, but a slow stroke. Serial production is therefore dominated by mechanical presses with short cycle times, e.g. eccentric presses, spindle presses and toggle presses. Drive power, ram speed and daylight may vary. At Surplex you can find used presses - whether hydraulic or mechanical. You can even find hydraulic presses with a recent year of manufacture from DIEFFENBACHER, DUNKES and more.

Pressing machines in metalworking

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  1. Presses - The standard tool for cold-forming
    1. Bending versus deep-drawing
  2. Press machine development
  3. Press categories
    1. Hydraulic presses
    2. Mechanical presses
    3. Special types of press
  4. What should I be aware of when buying a press?

Presses - The standard tool for cold-forming

Cold-forming is the process by which metal products are formed at high speed and pressure into a new shape at near room temperatures. The process is very widespread both in one-off and serial production. The standard tool for reforming metal items is the press machine, with each industrial sector favouring its own metal press type. The most technically simple presses are known as bending machines and the most powerful: deep-drawing presses.

Bending versus deep-drawing


Bending and deep-drawing are two of many processes used in the bending/formation of metal. It involves changing the size/shape of a workpiece without altering its mass, i.e. through the removal/addition of material. If a workpiece is reformed along an axis, the process is called ‘bending’, whereas if the workpiece has been fully reshaped, deep-drawing is the process of choice. Relatively simple, tool-less machines are adequate for bending, but deep-drawing processes require far more powerful machines (depending on the extent of reshaping).

Press machine development

The first presses to be produced were lever- and spindle presses, used to squeeze grapes for wine and manufacture bricks. These presses were original purely mechanical but have since developed into complex, high-performance machines operating using electrical motors, spindles, toggle levers, or eccentrics. Hydraulically-operated presses are a particularly powerful type of press.

Press categories

On a basic level, presses can be categorised as either mechanical or hydraulic press machines. The difference does not have to do with the power they can produce, but rather their working speed.

Hydraulic presses


Hydraulic presses feature a considerably lower stroke than electromechanical presses, which enables them to generate greater forces. The hydraulic press is the most popular for one-off production series, but in serial production, both variants come into play.

Hydraulische Pressen werden ansonsten für sehr dicke und widerstandsfähige Werkstoffe verwendet.

Hydraulic presses are also used for very thick, resilient materials, as well as in the field of recycling: the famous car crusher is a type of press and is generally powered by hydraulic pressure. Pneumatic presses work in a similar way to the hydraulic variant but use compressed air instead of liquid for power. Well-known manufacturers of hydraulic presses are DUNKES, EXNER, HIDRALMAC, KNUTH and SCHULER.

Hydraulic-type presses include:

Trimming presses

Trimming presses are used in mould foundries and forges to prepare moulds for finishing on a CNC milling machine. Some of the machines are also capable of other applications beyond trimming, including blanking, piercing, embossing and forming, but the name ‘trimming press’ has become established.

Well-known manufacturers of trimming presses include DIEFENBACHER, DENNY or NICC.

Mechanical presses


The most widely used presses in serial production are mechanical/electromechanical presses, which provide sufficient pressing force for the majority of applications. Electromechanical presses can switch between serial- and single stroke mode for added versatility. This does reduce the pace somewhat, but the press stroke is doubled, which lets operators process a wide range of challenging workpieces.

Mechanical presses are designed as either single-frame presses or double-frame presses. Single-frame version, or ‘C-presses’, are especially easy to load with tools and material, but they do not offer the same durability and precision as double-frame, or ‘U-presses’.

Eccentric presses

This type of press works using a rotating eccentric shaft and can achieve particularly short cycle rates and high levels of productivity.

Well-known manufacturers of eccentric presses include BERRENBERG, EBU, GALLI IMS and ZANI.

Toggle lever presses

These machines are powered by mechanics controlled by a toggle lever and were once the machine of choice before the eccentric press arrived on the market.

Well-known manufacturers of toggle presses include GECHTER, GRÄBNER and MAYPRESS.

Spindle presses

This type of press operates fairly slowly but the spindle mechanics within are capable of producing high pressing forces. Compared against other mechanical presses, spindle presses generate the highest force. Hand-operated spindle presses are also a popular choice thanks to their simple, manual controls. It just takes a small amount of elbow grease to create sufficiently high pressing forces. Simple deep-drawing or embossing work can also be performed but the operator cannot rely on any electrical motors or hydraulic support.

The best-known manufacturers of spindle presses are LASCO, NIEFERN, PAGUS, REISMANN and SPM.

Special types of press


Arbor presses

Arbor presses are small, hand-operated machines used to place/press-in rivets and bolts. They are frequently manual, or manual-hydraulic, and used for assembling and dismantling riveted or bolted constructions.

Producers of arbor presses include AGEO, DDP, OPTIMUM and SPENGER.

Deep-drawing presses

Deep-drawing presses are used on solid materials and metallic blanks. They work at such high pressure that the metal, mostly aluminium, liquefies in a cool state during the pressing process. A typical application for these presses is the manufacture of aluminium tubes. To achieve the desired rate of productivity in serial deep-drawing, multiple-punch deep-drawing presses are a frequent choice. Although they feature a very slow stroke per punch, the combination of several processing stations results in a similar level of output as would be achieved by an electromechanical eccentric press.

Die spotting presses

Die spotting presses are hydraulic presses which are equipped with a tool or ‘die’. They can test the pressing tools under ideal conditions and notify the operator whether they are working at the desired precision.

Popular manufacturers of die spotting presses include AMINO, DIEFFENBACHER, HIDRALMAC and REIS.

Straightening presses

Straightening presses are tool-less machines that are mostly hydraulic-manual. They are used for precisely aligning welded constructions and can often be found in repair shops and steel welding workshops. These metal press machines are used on small metal components to straighten them out for inclusion into a larger, overall product.

Those looking for a straightening press for sale are advised to look at the machines produced by AGEO, DUNKES, EITEL, GALBADI and HOLZMANN, which count amongst the best.

Straighteners/decoilers

Tube-bending machines and profile bending machines are useful tools for bending long materials at the desired angle.

Straighteners/decoilers perform the same task but on belt material. They are used for reshaping thick sheets without creating any kinks. When it comes to edges, the appropriately named edge press, or folding press, is the ideal choice. While characterised as presses, a better term for straighteners/decoilers would be ‘roll bending machines’.

The best-known manufacturers of this type of machine are DURMA, FOMP, HAEUSLER and SCHÄFER.

What should I be aware of when buying a press?

Technical specifications

When buying a second-hand press, you must be absolutely certain about what you need the press for and thus which type is most ideal for your purposes. Presses feature a range of typical technical specifications, which are:

  • Cycle rates
  • Pressing force
  • Workpiece size
  • Pressing depth
  • Energy consumption
  • Operating hours

Serial- or one-off production?

Hydraulic presses are the most rigid, but they work very slowly – one stroke can take as long as a minute, which precludes their use in most serial production. C-presses with eccentric-type mechanisms, by contrast, feature cycle rates of a second and can be equipped with tools/workpieces from three sides.

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Single-frame C-presses feature a very robust design, however the base frame is still prone to losing its shape after many years of continually heavy loads. If the upper- and lower part of the tool no longer align exactly, the press is no longer fit for purpose and is only useful as a source of spare parts.

On the other hand, many of the other press components are relatively easy to repair: leaking hydraulic lines, damage to electronics, or knocked-out levers and bearings are not pretty, but can be brought back into order. As long as the press achieves the desired performance, minor damage is nothing more than a handy bargaining chip and should not dissuade a prospective buyer.

In the case of used, hydraulic, tool-less presses, however, a sample workpiece should be processed in the machine to provide information on its precision and functionality. These types of machine are high-performers but are no longer used to the same extent as serial presses. This is why even very old hydraulic presses are still a contender for modern-day use. Even critical components – i.e. hydraulic cylinders – are easy to source on the spare parts markets and install. As long as the base frame is not bent out of shape, a used hydraulic press for sale is always worth considering and overhauling.

New versus used machines

Presses are standard tools in industry – be they industrial presses for serial production and pressing metal, or straightening machines for in repair shops. They are very widespread which makes the trade in used presses a true buyer’s market. When new, presses are generally very expensive. This also keeps prices for used machines high, despite the wide selection on offer. In technical terms, it will take a long time for presses to become obsolete, which means their future resale potential is ensured.

Alternatives

If you are having difficulty find the right press for your needs, electromechanical punching machines are very similar to presses when it comes to serial production. They also provide more than four times as much pressing force and used punch ‘presses’ can generally still be used as a press with excellent results. Another advantage is that these punch devices use a much lower operating pressure, which makes them very long-lasting.

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