What it looks like when you crush a motorcycle helmet with a watermelon inside. [YouTube Screenshot]
The internet can’t seem to get enough of crushing things with a hydraulic press, it would seem. In the 7 months since the Hydraulic Press Channel popped up on YouTube, its gathered well over a million subscribers, and now anytime a new video comes out, it’s a race to see who can post the link on Reddit first and reap the sweet, sweet karma.
I’ve written about the channel a few times before, on my blog for our brother station The Wolf 101.5. You can see a multitude of items like a Barbie, a cell phone, a camera, a blender, and other things in this post. See a TV get crushed, and a diamond pretty much obliterated (as well as the Finnish Hydraulic Press Channel’s Swedish competition) in this post. And Scott Hanes featured a great one of a hockey puck being crushed (it’s crazier than you’d expect) here.
Here’s a couple of the most recent ones the channel has released.
What might possibly be my favourite so far, A running 4-stroke motor AND motorcycle helmet
The way the crushed watermelon comes flying out of that thing is mind boggling! There’s plenty more gold like that on the channel page itself…
But now there’s competition! Seeing the success of the original, a copycat channel has been created. PressTube has only been around a month or so, but already has posted some pretty entertaining videos. They seam to like heating stuff up before crushing it which adds a little to the excitement. Have you ever wondered what a can of silly string in a press would look like?
What about a couple bullets being fused together?
Or 9 full beverage cans?
There’s another channel that’s in a similar style, though doing different things to items: Cut In Half. The person or persons behind this channel take objects and cut them in half with a high-pressure water jet… AND they cut a hydraulic press in half… and even intro it like a number of the Hydraulic Press channel videos.
They apparently had little use for this driver…
And check out a MagLite being cut in half by water!
What industrial tool will become an international YouTube sensation next? I don’t know, but I can’t wait to find out!