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#1 vikingnerd

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 06:58 PM

Hi gang!! I am brand new to the forum, and am in the process of building my first forge. I am looking for a hand crank blower, but cannot seem to find any new ones...only antiques. Does anyone manufacture new hand crank blowers? I saw one at a blacksmith supply site, but can no longer find it on that site or any other. Any help would be greatly appreciated.. Hope to become a regular member of the smithing community!! :D

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 07:07 PM

I was just thinking that a cheap chinese copy of an old Buffalo rivet forge blower would be extremely popular if it could be had for $25. Fat chance.

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 08:14 PM

John at Blacksmith Supply carries new ones.
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#4 Rob Browne

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 08:22 PM

Have a look at Centaur Forge. They have blowers and may be a source of crankers.
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 10:08 AM

i am new here and i made 4 diffident forges so far but, i cant find a cheap yet reliable blower. please help thank you .

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 10:16 AM

Please post your location using the "CP" at the top, someone near you may have one.

I would say the "old" ones are just as reliable as long as you find one in good shape and take care of it.
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 02:52 PM

I built a hand crank blower I was in the same boat. There is a pic under my photos. It has to be reworked looking not high enought gearing. Looking at a bellows you can make one out of plywood, canvis, and rubber roofing paint pretty inexpensively. Granger has a dayton blower #99080464 it is Electric I have used the same one for the last 5 years works great and for $65.00 you cant beat it
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 10:00 PM

thank you very much I live near Cleavland Ohio. The name of my suburb is Bavillage. I made a bellows , it works but, does not give enough air. i wish i could show a photo but, i do not have a camera.

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 11:00 PM

Do you know any furnace repair people or plumbers? Ask them for a working electric blower from a junked power vent furnace or water heater (should get it for free if you hunt around). Rig up a blast gate like you would find in a wood shop dust collection system in the duct so you can regulate the airflow nicely (and quickly). I've seen a setup where they added a remote cable control (like you would use to operate a manual choke on an older car) so it was easier to shut off the air flow.

I knew one guy who used an Electrolux vacuum cleaner for a blower - it was very quiet.

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Posted 16 May 2009 - 01:00 AM

Someday I will have the contacts and funds to get a "real" hand-cranked blower, but I was looking for some "home-grown ingenuity" and read this article: http://www.fastonlin...MALL/04-110.pdf
if you go to the bottom half, you can make your own that should work okay till you can properly outfit a shop. (thanks again Ruben for the link).

Every time I read through this thing I keep seeing a new offshoot for te famous 55-forge

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Posted 16 May 2009 - 08:57 AM

thank you very much

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Posted 16 May 2009 - 04:12 PM

There are a lot of new electric blowers, AC and DC but I have yet to find a good HAND crank blower less than about 60 years old. I am told Buffalo or Champion made some blowers to bring fresh air into basement Fallout Shelters in the 50's and 60's but I have yet to see one for sale.

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Posted 16 May 2009 - 04:53 PM

Look what I found: Hand blower hand blower CN products
Too bad somebody couldn't get an import license and buy a hundred of these things and take orders for them. Hmmmmm.....?

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 10:41 AM

thank you I do know a plumber who might give me a hot water heater blower.

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 07:05 AM

those blowers look cheaply made. i would avoid them but they probably will work. also arent we all for locally made products, bein blacksmiths and all?:) well just my two cents worth

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 07:22 AM

New Guy, yep they look cheap enough that beginners could actually afford one. As for locally made products, well, there just aren't any domestically produced hand crank blowers made any more. That is the problem.

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 08:50 AM

touche, but i was making a joke about locally made assorted things like wall hooks and door handles, not blowers. but i am a fan of an old hair dryer or even a pair of bellows. but a hand crank blowers like those will probably work. well good luck with your smithing and so forth to all.

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 10:44 PM

i do not know if the those hand crank blowers will work . can anyone help me decide if they will work?

Edited by [email protected], 22 May 2009 - 11:27 AM.
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Posted 21 May 2009 - 11:53 PM

i do not know if the blowers will work . can anyone help me decide if they will work


Will what work? The hot water bath heater blower? The question is not will it work but will it work in your application and can you get it hooked up so that air is delivered to your forge.

A leaf blower would work and so would a hair dryer. A vacumm cleaner will work also.

A few years ago I went to a thrift store, like a salvation army, bought a trashed out vacumm cleaner that still ran, took the motor and fan out, put it a ply wood box and had a blower that would have powered a irom making cupola. I had to keep it dialed way down. think I had $10 in the whole thing.

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Posted 22 May 2009 - 12:22 AM

While we are on the options available don't forget the Japanese Box Bellows shown on this page.

Simple to make from scrap plywood and effective.

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