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  1. little_wing142

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    The cauls are meant to be used in a drill press.
     
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    I don't see how that's possible but I may be wrong. I have never refretted a guitar but I would use a drill press.
     
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    There should be a hole in the end of the ram for the caul to fit in, there will be a bolt to secure it on the side you can't see in the picture..
     
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    thanks for the info. There is an allen key on the pic for the caul, is that what you are referring to, or is there something for the ram on the arbor press itself?

    thanks!
     
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    the press has to have a hole in the bottom of the ram bar for the cauls to fit in and the ram bar also needs a hole drilled through the side for a bolt to hold the cauls in.

    i am not sure if the harbor freight press has that or not.

    edit - or what thrup'ny said
     
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    thanks for your replies everyone! Sorry for my ignorance on all of this. Do rams come with holes on the end as a standard feature?
     
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    You need a Bench Grinder to modify the Ram if you want those two pieces to fit.

    Punch out the Roll Pin that holds the Drill Arbor adapter

    Now grind the Ram in your press on two sides so that the lower part of your Fret Press will freely slide between - then drill the pivot hole and reinstall the Roll Pin
     
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    You can flip the ram around to the un-modified side, if you ever need to actually use it as a real shop press
     
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    It's not uncommon to have to buy or make an adapter for an arbor press to do a job.
     
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    I'm not at all familiar with the cheap Harbor Freight unit either.
     
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    To use what is in your links simply remove the ram & bore a hole in the end slightly larger than the insert. Then drill and tap for a set screw to hold it in.[​IMG]

    Eric
     
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