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Manual Impact Press

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Manual Bench Model Impact Presses

If your volume of marking requirements increases your manual press can be converted to pneumatic power. To keep pace with changing production requirements and to minimize operator fatigue, all three manual press sizes can be equipped with a pneumatic package. This package is an affordable alternative to purchasing a new pneumatic press and includes a single-acting cylinder incorporated into a slide-on mounting bracket. Durable Technologies' manual impact presses are simple to set up, easy to operate, and offer excellent repeatability. They provide significant advantages in terms of control, safety, reliability, and are low maintenance. 

In addition to stamping and marking, our presses can be used for many other manufacturing applications including: riveting, staking, forming, punching, bending, crimping, piercing, assembling, broaching, and coining to name a few.

Durable Technologies can provide you with a turnkey impact press package including custom steel shank stampssteel typetype holders, and manual or automatic numbering heads depending on your specific part marking requirements. We can also help you design a custom fixture for your parts to hold them safely and securely in place while marking.

(Check out our blog post which covers the versatility of our impact presses across a variety of manufacturing applications).

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Download the Impact Press Guide
How to Select an Impact Press
Download the Impact Press Capacity Chart
Download the Marking Standards Guide

Manual Press Principles of Operation

Since these presses operate on a spring-actuation principle, the degree of impact is easily adjustable. The press contains a spring that is compressed during energy section travel. Press capacity can be easily adjusted by increasing or decreasing spring size and/or tension. When the release point is reached, the compressed energy is discharged causing the internal hammer to deliver the powerful impact. There are a variety of sizes of springs available for each of our impact press models. Vertical travel is accomplished by a gear and rack arrangement.

Step 1 - The energy section advances towards the workpiece by gear rack and pinion, powered either automatically by double-acting pneumatic cylinder (if using a pneumatic unit with hand controls) or manually by the operator pulling down the lever.

Step 2Once the press stroke is engaged and the workpiece is contacted, the press stroke continues. The workpiece is held in place by the pressure from the energy section (this is a significant safety feature). The impact spring is compressed and builds force as the press continues to maintain contact with the workpiece.

Step 3When the ball bearings reach their release point, the powerful impact is discharged. The impact spring delivers force to the hammer, which in turn strikes the plunger (tool holder). You can control the amount of impact depending on which spring you choose and how much tension is applied. 

Manual Impact Press Models

  MV12** MV18** MV30**






Max. Impact 2/3 ton 3-1/4 tons 6-1/2 tons
Throat Depth .787" (20mm) .846" (21.5mm) 1.023" (26mm)
Max. Stroke 1.102" (28mm) 2.047" (52mm) 4.370" (111mm)
Shank Size 6mm dia. x 27mm 10mm dia. x 38mm 16mm dia. x 48mm
Net Weight  25 lbs. 70 lbs. 245 lbs.
Impact Springs

Medium (2.5mm)

Light* (2.2mm)

Extra Light (2.0mm)

Heavy (4.0mm)

Medium* (3.5mm)

Light (3.0mm)

Extra Light (2.5mm)

Extra Heavy (7.5mm)

Heavy* (7.0mm)

Medium (6.5mm)

Light (6.0mm)

Travel Prior to Trip 1.417" (36mm) 2.598" (66mm) 5.236" (133mm)
Download Manual

MV12 Manual
MC-11D Manual

MV18 Manual
MC-18D Manual

MV30 Manual
MC-30D Manual
Download CAD Drawing

MV12 CAD File
MC-11D CAD File

MV18 CAD File
MC-18D CAD File

MV30 CAD File
MC-30D CAD File
Download Spec Sheet

MV12 Spec Sheet
MC-11D Spec Sheet

MV18 Spec Sheet
MC-18D Spec Sheet

MV30 Spec Sheet
MC-30D Spec Sheet


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* Installed with standard press package (other sizes available).

** MV12 supersedes MC-11D (spare parts are still available for the MC-11D).

** MV18 supersedes MC-18D (spare parts are still available for the MC-18D).

** MV30 supersedes MC-30D (spare parts are still available for the MC-30D).

Our sales and application engineers are ready to develop any other industrial traceability and marking solution that is right for you.

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