Blackhawk Automotive Porto-Power Body Repair Kit - 10 Tons, Model# B65115
The muscle where and how you need it!
These tools take some time to master for use, but once you have the basics down, you can move anything in almost any direction.
Like most specialty tools, patience is a virtue with these and while you can do basic things from the minute you open the box, more complex uses of the tool come with experience and understanding how to set it up to do what you want to do with it.
Understand that this only has four or so inches of travel on the piston, so you have to connect various components often and spacers to get a grip on what needs to be moved. The danger in these tools is in not thinking through what you are doing and how you are using the tool such as having either end not properly anchored and then having it suddenly eject from its perch under 5-10 tons of pressure. That will ruin a pair of pants faster than someone running a red light right in front of you.
Wait for the sales and use coupons to get good savings on this item. This tool, for me as a home hobbyist is one of those tools I buy and use a couple times every few years, but when you need it, there is nothing that will do what this tool will do.
The last time I used it was to straighen the loader bucket on my tractor where I had wrapped chain on the bucket pulling a stump and bent the bucket. The combination of attachments allowed me to get it as straight as new even though it had a 1" deflection bend in the top rail. I also was able to restore the top lip curl that had been crushed by the chain.
I bought it to straighten the frame on my dump truck which is very well using a few floor anchors and patient careful setup.
July 20, 2012
I'm happy with this ram. The first thing I did with it was bend a tractor bucket back in to shape w/o the use of a torch. I did have to buy the extra accessory kit to really make it applicable. The carrying case is a nice touch but has alot of weight in it so I'm not sure how long it's going to hold up. Overall happy with purchase.
March 21, 2011
Great product have used it many times since I got it. Really makes a lot of jobs easy.
August 23, 2010
this tool works great for all kinds of applications with power to spare.
August 21, 2008
This tool is awesome, many more uses than body repair. Great quality in a convenient case to keep everything orginized.
January 21, 2008
Best value and quality for the price.
October 15, 2007
bought to use in an oilfield mechanical shop. This tool has handled every job we have thrown at it with no failures.
October 8, 2007
A whole lot of Hydraulic Power in a Compact Kit
This heavy duty Automotive Porto Power is certainly not limited to automotive frame straightening chores. That is the only use to which I haven't yet put it. I use it primarily to straighten large weldments that Invariably warp during welding. With this set I can force corners to be square until I can weld in any gussets that are required. I have used nearly all of the devices provided, at one time or another, and have never been disappointed. The quick couplings work well and remain leak free. The pump even arrived filled with hydraulic oil. I certainly hadn't expected that nice touch.
The well constructed plastic case with the convenient wheels makes inventory easy at the end of a job. Its pockets allow me to make sure that no tools have been left out. I think I would have preferred two separate cases though. The 80 pound weight makes the set difficult to load into a pickup truck. Even though the weight is manageable, the package is large and awkward to "get a handle on" for lifting.
The catalog description says "no pushing or pulling job is too tough" and that is true enough except that there are no pulling tools included. I immediately ordered the 144428 pull back ram to make the set complete. I think it is the most frequently used accessory for me, but unfortunately, there is no room for it in the case and I always have to remember to take along that one extra piece when I take the kit to a remote job site.
All-in-all, a high quality tool set that is even tougher than advertised.
August 30, 2007
Blackhawk porto power
1. well organized set securely enclosed in durable case
2. easily transportable
3/ we use it daily with absolutely no trouble
4 great product at a great price
March 7, 2007