1500 ton Vertical Pulldown Two-Column Forging Press, Part 1, views taken on site, O/No. 59570, c.1959

Order 59570 for Daniel Doncaster & Sons Ltd., Sheffield, c.1959

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D7338/14/5/11/5601 Copy kindly supplied by Clive Forster
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  • I was apprentice with Vic Holtham on the installation of this machine in Sheffield. We worked there for several months I recollect. 

    By Tony Ravenhill (28/02/2015)
  • Hi Tony!  Many thanks for your comment. As you were there for a while can you remember the names of any other members of the ‘gang’ that built this forging press?  John B

    By John Bancroft (28/02/2015)
  • Very interesting to know it went on for a long time.

    By Herbert Hindle C.Eng (04/01/2015)
  • Sorry for forgetting the press power, yes 1500 tons. Thanks for the info, had a look and the Fielding nameplate has been removed. Many thanks for the information.

    By Herbert Hindle C.Eng (04/01/2015)
  • This press is still forging 53 years after it was installed, now fully supported by 10 furnaces & 6 mobile manipulators. I came across a number of your drawings Herbert while converting them to 3D cad, knowing I had seen the name “Hindle” somewhere before. I can confirm that this press is a 1500t, not 2000t. If you visit http://www.independentforgings.com, you can see a short video of the press in action.

    By Daniel Hardy B.Eng. (21/11/2013)
  • Daniel!   Thank you very much for your valuable comments. I am so pleased that you are able to verify the tonnage of the press. As a matter of interest, what was the purpose in converting the original drawings to 3D Cad and what sort of drawings were they? John B

    By John Bancroft (21/11/2013)
  • I am the person who designed and engineered this machine within my section at F & P in the sixties. I was under the impression that it was a 2000 ton machine, not 1500 ton. It has a sliding multiple tool table and the equipment on the end table is a rotating table which I also designed and engineered.

    By Herbert Hindle C.Eng. (13/10/2013)
  • Bert! Many thanks for adding your comments to this page. I have taken the liberty of double-checking the order book record for this press and it definitely states a 1500 ton self-contained, pull-down type, triple main ram forging press, with motor driven rotary table and ejector cylinder & controls.

    Readers may also be interested to know if you can recall any other members of your D.O. section that worked on the engineering of this press.    John B

    By John Bancroft (13/10/2013)

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