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Making Survival Biscuits with a Hydraulic Press

Making Survival Biscuits with a Hydraulic Press

After the Hydraulic Press Channel tried to turn small rocks into bigger rocks, they got the idea to try the same technique with something more edible. Under the immense pressure of their machinery, they turned large portions of breakfast cereal into dense pucks which could theoretically be used for survival.

Reinforced Soda Bottles vs. Hydraulic Press

Reinforced Soda Bottles vs. Hydraulic Press

If you stick a plastic soda bottle under the force of a 150-ton hydraulic press, it will fail rapidly. But what happens if you reinforce the outside of the bottle with things like hose clamps, rubber bands, or zip ties? The Hydraulic Press Channel has the answer in their latest excuse for destruction in the name of physics.

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Objects + Duct Tape vs. Hydraulic Press

Objects + Duct Tape vs. Hydraulic Press

Duct tape is an incredibly strong and versatile mending tool. But can it help objects stand up to the force of the mighty 150-ton hydraulic press? HPC wrapped some everyday items in thick layers of the sticky silver stuff to see if it improves its ability to survive the press?

How Strong Is Money?

How Strong Is Money?

The guys from the Leftover Currency channel sent the Hydraulic Press Channel a bunch of nearly worthless cash for them to subject to the intense destructive force of their 150-ton press. Like other stacks of paper, the bills fail quite spectacularly, while the coins just get smooshed.

Drying Firewood with a Hydraulic Press

Drying Firewood with a Hydraulic Press

When you want to start a fire, it’s important that you have dry wood. Logs that have been sitting around and getting rained on are very difficult to keep lit. The Hydraulic Press Channel wanted to see if they could use mechanical force to extract enough water from damp timber that it would be dry enough to light.

Hydraulic Press vs. Frozen Hammers

Hydraulic Press vs. Frozen Hammers

The guys at the Hydraulic Press Channel have been trying to get a hammer to explode under the crushing weight of their 150-ton press. Despite their best efforts, they couldn’t get it to happen. Will adding some liquid nitrogen help make their explosive dreams a reality? Hit play and find out.

Hydraulic Press vs. Bolt Threads

Hydraulic Press vs. Bolt Threads

The threads on steel bolts are designed for strength and to resist stripping. But they’re no match for a 150-ton hydraulic press. Place your bets now and guess how many kilograms of force different kinds of bolts can survive. While most of them compress, the biggest one explodes when it fails.

Hydraulic Press 8-Way Slicer

Hydraulic Press 8-Way Slicer

The Hydraulic Press Channel cuts right to the chase in this compilation video, showing off one of their sillier tools – a slicer tool that can cut things into eight (or sometimes more) pieces at once. It does pretty well slicing a stack of pizzas, but we think it would be more effective if they sharpened its blades.

Hydraulic Press vs. Underwater Vacuum Chamber

Hydraulic Press vs. Underwater Vacuum Chamber

After creating a vacuum inside of a glass jar using a microwave, the Hydraulic Press Channel submerged and crushed it with their 40-ton press. At first glance, it looks like any other glass being shattered, but you can really see the water being sucked into the vacuum during the implosion on the high-speed playback.

LEGO Technic Motorized Press

LEGO Technic Motorized Press

While it can’t keep up with the Hydraulic Press Channel’s 150-ton industrial press, we’re still quite impressed with this LEGO Technic machine which has enough power to juice an orange or flatten a carrot. GazR’s Extreme Brick Machines built this press using Eight Powered Up L motors, 24 actuators, and two Smart Hubs.

Crushing Things Underwater

Crushing Things Underwater

The Hydraulic Press Channel tried something they’ve never done before. They placed the business end of a 40-ton press inside of an aquarium, then smooshed a soda can and some bottles to see how they would behave underwater. Their new slow-mo camera produced some nice high-quality images of the explosions.

Hydraulic Press vs. Christmas

Hydraulic Press vs. Christmas

Nothing says Christmas like a 150-ton hydraulic press crushing things. To help us get into the holiday spirit, please enjoy this sequence of festive Christmas decorations, treats, and gifts being smashed into oblivion. This feels like it should be part of our Festivus celebrations after the airing of grievances.

Driving Nails with a Hydraulic Press

Driving Nails with a Hydraulic Press

With up to 150 tons of force, a hydraulic press should have no trouble driving a nail into a piece of wood. But what happens when you up the challenge and add dozens of nails beneath its powerful crushing head? Watch and find out just how many nails a single press can drive at the same time. Nailing Level 1000 here.

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Hydraulic Press vs. Tools

Hydraulic Press vs. Tools

The Hydraulic Press Channel keeps things simple this time around, with a series of crushes pitting their 150-ton press against various hand and power tools. Even something as innocuous as a tape measure results in a pretty impressive explosion.

Best Hydraulic Press Moments: Vol. 2

Best Hydraulic Press Moments: Vol. 2

The Hydraulic Press Channel loves to subject things to the force of its 150-ton press. Here’s a compilation of some of the strongest, most dangerous, and most satisfying crushes over the years. It’s also a great demonstration of the varying strengths of different metals.

Can You Turn Ash into Rock?

Can You Turn Ash into Rock?

A viewer wrote to the Hydraulic Press Channel with the hypothetical question of whether it would be possible to compress loose ash with enough force that it would turn into a rock. Naturally, they complied and dumped a bucket of moistened ash into a cylinder to see what would happen under the pressure of their 150-ton press.

Making a Skittles Donut

Making a Skittles Donut

You could make a Skittles-flavored donut by sprinkling some of the chewy candies on a glazed Krispy Kreme, but the guys at the Hydraulic Press Channel prefer to make donuts with industrial equipment. Using a custom-machined tool, they squish some M&Ms and Skittles into toroid shapes. They look like giant Life Savers.

Hydraulic Press vs. Glass Sphere

Hydraulic Press vs. Glass Sphere

The guys at the Hydraulic Press Channel are always on the lookout for things that hold onto so much energy before failing that they explode catastrophically. Paper does the trick quite well, and now we see that solid glass spheres have similar explosive potential.

Hydraulic Press vs. Red Hot Steel

Hydraulic Press vs. Red Hot Steel

The Hydraulic Press Channel usually shows how machines can be used to destroy stuff. But in this video, they take us inside Componenta, where such equipment is used to create things. Watch as a molten pillar of steel is loaded into a duo of presses, which gradually shape it into a ring that will be used to make a giant gear.

Hydraulic Press Channel Interpretive Dance

Hydraulic Press Channel Interpretive Dance

You’d think you’d need to own a hydraulic press to do stuff like the guys at the Hydraulic Press Channel do, but Aussie actor-dancer-comedian Smac McCreanor figured she could do the same without one. Instead of smushing objects, she uses her body to accurately reenact the crushing power of a 150-ton press.

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Sandwich Becomes a Smoothie

Sandwich Becomes a Smoothie

If you really wanted to turn a Subway sandwich into a smoothie, you just need a blender and a little bit of water. But the Hydraulic Press Channel marches to the beat of a different drummer and prefers to mush up their footlongs with a 150-ton press and their Smoothie Maker 1,000,000, which might need a little work.

Hydraulic Press vs. Axes

Hydraulic Press vs. Axes

Industrial hydraulic presses are designed to compress metals, so we’re not surprised that HPC’s 150-ton press was able to make quick work of these steel axes. Place your bets now as to how much pressure will be needed to bend or break these normally sturdy hand tools.

Hydraulic Press vs. Hot Steel

Hydraulic Press vs. Hot Steel

Here’s a hydraulic press video that’s not from the Hydraulic Press Channel. The clip, recorded in an unnamed metal shop shows how oxidization in the outer layer of steel results in a spectacular show of sparks as small amounts of the metal are shed under compression.

Hydraulic Press vs. Steel Bridges

Hydraulic Press vs. Steel Bridges

Bridges can vary wildly in terms of strength depending on their structural design. The guys from the Hydraulic Press Channel welded together several miniature bridges from steel, then measured the force applied to each one to see which style is the strongest.

How Strong Is Paper?

How Strong Is Paper?

The guys at the Hydraulic Press Channel have been causing paper to explode under pressure for quite some time now. In this clip they attempt to measure just how much force a stack of paper can endure before failing spectacularly.

What’s the Strongest Tree?

What’s the Strongest Tree?

While it’s far from a comprehensive test, and they only tested for compressive strength, it’s still fun to see what happens to different types of tree trunks when they’re crushed in a powerful hydraulic press. Which kind of wood do you think will be the most durable?

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