At this point, it seems like pretty much anything and everything can be crushed with a hydraulic press. Including this over-inflated tire.
If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you took “bottoming out” your shocks to the max, the Hydraulic Power Press YouTube channel just crushed a car damper with a 500 ton hydraulic press. These guys have the best job.
We know that things don’t generally hold up well against hydraulic presses. We know this because of science. Turbochargers, though? The press has another thing coming for it.
“This is one of our most stupid things that we have ever done,” the kindly Finnish man who runs the Hydraulic Press Channel says before smushing a spring out of a Toyota Corolla. “Do not do this at home or anywhere else. This is fucking stupid.”
You’d expect carbon fiber—the ultra light, hard-as-steel composite—to shatter or something when you crush it with a hydraulic press. Not. At. All.
The Hydraulic Press channel gives and gives, and all we ask for it in return is for it to remind us of our own impending mortality. So here’s what it would look like if you got your own head (in the form of a watermelon) pressed, wearing nothing but a motorcycle helmet for protection.