Straight Side Press

For Rugged and Demanding Applications – Available with Pre-Stressed Housing

What Is A Straight Side Press?

Known for their superior guidance, strength, and sturdy construction, straight-side hydraulic presses, slab-sided presses, gib-guided presses, and straight side presses with pre-stressed housings are often preferred for the most physically intense applications. These highly precise, gib-guided presses offer superior rigidity that stands up to the most demanding applications while maintaining platen parallelism regardless of bed size.

Slab Side Press: Incorporates uprights made of thick, solid steel slabs.

Straight Side Hydraulic Press: Steel uprights are fabricated to withstand high-tonnage applications.

Straight Side Press with Pre-Stressed Housing: Pre-stressed, fabricated steel side housings rigidize the press. Tie rods run through the housings, typically under a 100%, 150%, or 200% pre-stressed tonnage to eliminate frame stretch and minimize break-through shock. Pre-stressed housings are employed for the most demanding applications where tonnage builds up and then is quickly released upon material break-through. The incorporation of tie rods, pre-stressed at a higher tonnage than the machine’s capacity, and encased inside housings, inhibits any frame stretch.


Straight side hydraulic presses can be used in situations where the load is not centered, the tool is not guided, and precision is a necessity. Gib guided presses are available with either 45o or 8-way gibbing which can be adjusted for a tight running clearance. The gibs ensure precise platen parallelism despite high tonnage and large bed sizes.

These gib guided presses are ideal for the following applications:

  • Blanking
  • Piercing
  • Punching
  • Hot forming
  • Perforating
  • Trimming
  • Extruding
  • Cold forming
  • Stamping
  • Flanging
  • Bending
  • Forming

Features and Benefits

Every Savage Straight Side, Gib-Guided Press incorporates the following functional design benefits:

  • Robust construction withstands repeated abuse from physically demanding applications
  • Platen guidance on 4-way or 8-way gibs ensures precise parallelism despite large bed width and/or high tonnage
  • Gibs are adjustable for a tight running clearance to compensate for wear
  • Graphite-impregnated gib liners eliminate the need for lubrication

All Savage presses are made in the USA. We are committed to your complete satisfaction and success.

In addition to these standard features, Savage Engineering customizes every straight side press to meet customer specifications. Based on your application, our machines are available with options that improve functionality including pre-stressed tie rod housings, high-speed hydraulics, a lower hydraulic cushion or ejector, removable t-slotted bolster, quick die change accessories, and platen safety blocks.

A Press Solution That Fits YOUR Needs

At Savage Engineering, we customize every straight side press to meet our customers’ requirements. Based on your application, we provide customized:

  • Bed size
  • Stroke length
  • Daylight opening
  • Shut height
  • Speeds
  • Tonnage
  • Working height
  • Operator’s controls
  • Special options, features, and custom tooling

For nearly 60 years, Savage Engineering has been designing and building high-quality, durable hydraulic presses to meet each customer’s unique needs and exact job specifications. Our process is fully integrated from concept to delivery. You’ll receive onsite installation and training, as well as technical support throughout the operating life of your press. Let us design the machine your business deserves!