9 Satisfying Hydraulic Press Crushing Stuff Videos

From candles to copper pipes, here's how some random things react to being crushed by the mighty hydraulic press.
Christopher McFadden
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Are you a sucker for hydraulic press versus random object videos? Then you have come to the right place.

Here, we have scoured the internet for some of the most random and incredibly satisfying hydraulic press videos we could find. 

You are more than welcome. Enjoy. 

What is a hydraulic press used for?

A hydraulic press is an industrial tool that uses a hydraulic cylinder to generate compressive forces. They are also known as Bramah presses named after their English inventor Joseph Bramah

He invented and patented the very first hydraulic press in the late 1700s. 

Today, they tend to be used to make flat sheets of things like metal, for thinning materials like glass, or creating fine powders for the cosmetic industry or pharmaceutical industry. 

How does a hydraulic press work?

Hydraulic presses work by taking advantage of the principle of Pascal's law.

"Pascal’s principle, also called Pascal’s law, in fluid (gas or liquid) mechanics, statement that in a fluid at rest in a closed container, a pressure change in one part is transmitted without loss to every portion of the fluid and to the walls of the container. The principle was first enunciated by the French scientist Blaise Pascal." - Encyclopedia Britannica

As pressure is equal to the force divided by the area on which it acts, any pressure exerted by one piston on a hydraulic line will result in an equal increase in pressure on another piston (e.g., at the crushing part of the press) at the other end of the line. 

But if the larger piston (the crushing element) has a larger area than the first, the force applied below it is magnified significantly, while the actual pressure acting on the piston is equal. 


Simple yet very, very effective. And incredibly fun to crush random inanimate objects, as it turns out. 

What are some satisfying hydraulic press videos?

So, without further ado, here are some fun and interesting hydraulic press videos for your delectation. Trust us when we say this list is far from exhaustive and is in no particular order.

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1. Putting Christmas under pressure

Smashing Christmas Decorations from r/hydraulicpress

In this incredibly satisfying hydraulic press video, Christmas decorations are put to the test. From candy canes to baubles, nothing Christmas-related is left unscathed from the maws of the mighty hydraulic press.

But how will they fair? Watch the video to find out -- though we think you can guess the result. 

2. Candles vs. hydraulic press = wax spaghetti

Joined this group because of this post from r/hydraulicpress

In our next offering, the test subject is a set of tealights. Obviously, being made of wax, they can't really hope to resist the raw power of the hydraulic press.

But, the results from the crushing are very satisfying indeed. And also a little unexpected.

The formation of wax spaghetti is surprisingly therapeutic, we must say. 

3. This sponge vs. hydraulic press is very cathartic to watch

What happens when you crush a sodden sponge with a hydraulic press? An incredibly satisfying video to watch; that's what.

Recorded in slow motion, the immense compressive forces of the hydraulic press squeeze the sponge dry in an immensely aesthetically pleasing manner. We could easily see this footage being used in a music-therapy video sometime in the future.

Simply wonderful footage, we must say. 

4. Balls vs. hydraulic press galore!

In our next offering of great hydraulic press versus things videos, is this beauty. Featuring golf balls, basketballs and various ovoid things from nature, none can resist the crushing power of the hydraulic press.

Each one is pushed to its limits as it is squeezed under tons of pressure in the press. How they react to such pressure is pretty interesting to watch. 

Needless to say, they have had better days after the experience. 

5. A stack of CDs is no match for the hydraulic press either

new record hit the shelf... from r/hydraulicpress

Have you ever wondered what happens to a stack of old CDs when put under a hydraulic press? No? Neither have we, but thankfully this chap thought it might be a good idea to record the event.

Unsurprisingly, the CDs whither in the face of the press's immense power. But the result of the interaction is very satisfying indeed to watch play out. 

6. Press vs. ballistic gel is amazing to watch

Smash the gel!! from r/hydraulicpress

In this next video, the undefeated hydraulic press is tested against a block of ballistic gel. Since this gel is designed to replicate human's weak flesh, the block's fate was sealed the moment it was placed under the press.

But the outcome is truly satisfying to watch. Not to mention a little gruesome. 

Great stuff. 

7. Thomas the Tank Engine's valiant last stand

For any child of the 1980s, Thomas the Tank Engine is quite possibly one of the greatest things ever created. But even his mightiness is no match for the overpowering force of the hydraulic press.

But, we must admit, he does put up a valiant fight given the overwhelming odds. Though, we must question the motive of the person choosing to crush Thomas the Tank Engine in the first place. 

Is nothing sacred in this ugly world?

8. What about a length of copper pipe?

Copper Pipe Crushed by Hydraulic Press from r/hydraulicpress

In this next piece of the hydraulic press versus random objects footage, a small length of copper pipe is put through its paces. Being quite a soft metal, the outcome is not really much of a surprise. 

But, that being said, the result is incredibly satisfying to behold. Of course, it is crushed, but the concertina-copper result is actually pretty beautiful.

Perhaps this can start a new craze?

9. The ballad of the clay man

Clay man from r/hydraulicpress

And finally, in our list of incredibly satisfying hydraulic press versus stuff list, is the sad tale of the clay man. He clearly stood no chance against the irresistible power of the hydraulic press, but his sacrifice was not in vain.