7 piece Dimple Die set. Featuring 1/2", 3/4", 1", 1 1/4", 1 1/2", 1 3/4" and 2" Dies.
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Dimple dies are custom fabrication tools that can be used for both esthetics (cosmetic appearance) and/or to improve the strength of a sheet metal panel all the way up to 3/16” plate steel (mild steel), while making the panel lighter due to the metal that is removed. Put dimpled holes on inner fender brackets, light bar brackets, wheel tubs, frames, just about anywhere!
These die sets are proudly MADE IN THE USA out of domestic steel and heat treated for hardness. Each dimple die has a through-hole milled through the center of it, which makes them more versatile than those without it and can be used in a few different ways. Check it out:
#1. They can be used in any "H" frame hydraulic press where the material you are dimpling is small enough to fit between the vertical frame rails of the press. Start by drilling the appropriate size hole, using an industry standard hole saw. Then insert the male and female dies to the correct orientation. Using the hydraulic cylinder, press the dimple dies down to flare the metal. It's that dimple! I mean simple!
#2. They can also be bolted together using a standard off the shelf grade 8 hex bolt. The bolt will need to be a 3/4" dia. bolt or 7/16" dia. bolt depending upon which dimple die size you are using. This method works best for larger panels that are too big to fit into an your "H" frame style press or dimpling on a component that is already on, or part of the vehicle.
#3. This method is the coolest! The dies can be pressed together using a 10-Ton Hydraulic Knockout Punch Driver. What's this you ask? Check out www.harborfreight.com. They sell for around $75 - $100.00 (may we suggest tracking down a 20% off coupon in your local news paper or Street Trucks magazine ;). This method is a real time saver if you are dimpling a large number of items or hard to reach dimple die locations. It includes a manual hand pump to apply hydraulic pressure to the punch driver. But if you want to take it to an even higher level, attach a foot operated air/hydraulic pump, (also available through Harbor Freight) for even faster and consistent dimpling. NOTE: the air/hydraulic pump needs to be plugged into an air compressor to work.
The Harbor Freight Knock Out Punch Set can be viewed/purchased HERE
The Harbor Freight 10,000-PSI Air Over Hydraulic Pump can be viewed/purchased HERE.
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WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.