Keeping Uni III Level on not-level cement

I am moving within my city (San Antonio, TX) to another house, with a 2-car garage. We are moving in order to have better space for my beloved press. However, all garages have thinner slabs than houses, the engineer caller it a “glorified sidewalk”. The area is known to have a lot of shifting and contracting soil. Houses are regularly “jacked up” as I put it (re-leveled with jacks, foundations fixed every few years… The adjoining house has not needed its foundation repaired in 65 years, so that is good, but the garage has a 3 degree tilt to one side, not as great.)

I know I will have to stay on top of keeping this press level. I have read that some people with other (smaller) presses have been able to use leveling feet. Does anyone know if that is possible for a Uni III? It is a much bigger machine, and mine has a power carriage and adjustable bed, so weighs in at 2500#, which that makes me a little curious/concerned. People who know nothing about presses (local friends) suggested I look into car mechanic equipment–wondering if any has tried that road. The engineer who looked at the house suggested I have an 8″ platform built for it, the type made for equipment one wishes to raise above the floor to keep it dry. That may be something I want to do no matter what (because I am into prevention in general). I am hoping that maybe someone out there has some ideas. 

I look forward to your suggestions.

Thank you,


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Daniel Mellis
3 years ago

You might also get a toe jack and just use shims. They cost about $100 and are pretty useful to have around, for example (not meant as a recommendation per se, but I think they are all about the same):

Ray Nichols
3 years ago

We have our Uni III bolted to solid 4″ x 4″ wood down both sides. Then we just use shims under the four corners to get it level. Worth getting out the level every once in a while to see if things are still as you want them.

Paul Moxon, Moderator
3 years ago

You can find leveling feet rated for the weight of your press from suppliers such McMaster-Carr.
Check the diameter of the holes in the feet castings; the front may differ from the rear. Those on the front or open end of the press bed are threaded, and those on the back end at the motor are not threaded.

Building a sturdy platform is a good idea, especially if minor flooding is an issue. The width should either be the same as the width of the press or extend about 3 feet wide beyond the operator’s side, this is to prevent one from falling off the platform.

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