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#1 Dave Hammer

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 12:28 PM

I have occasionally posted about a Nazel 3B I've been working on. Although there is still a lot of work I need to do to before I should be hitting hot iron with it, this morning I decided to power it up to see it run for the first time. After some manual oiling (cylinders and bearings) and a temporary electrical hookup, I put power to it. If you are curious, you can find a short clip on YouTube at


I need to modify these dies to a more friendly (to me) size, test and hook up the oiler, put the treadle on and build a platform to make the dies a comfortable working height.

#2 Richard Furrer

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 03:06 PM

This may make it simpler for folk to see your hard work.

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#3 Mike Lambiase

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 03:56 PM


Congratulations Dave, you have got to be one happy man.

The hammer seems to be running very well.

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#4 Sam Salvati

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 06:46 PM

Dave, I can see your excitement through the monitor! very cool! at this rate you'll have one of every size :D

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 07:32 PM

Looks like it goes pretty well.

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 06:46 AM

The size of the work area is killing, you can forge weld the Effeil tower down to a cube Posted Image

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 08:28 AM

Did you have enough 3 phase generated to run it or did you get the generator going?

Its great (and inspiring!) to see the hammer come to life.


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Posted 09 July 2010 - 09:46 AM

Cool Dave! Fantastic work! Your harem grows by one!
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Posted 09 July 2010 - 11:04 AM

very very (very) cool ! I can apreciate how much work has gone into getting it going !

Is it that high because you havent 'sunk' the anvil ? ( I believe the 'IFI' terminology is 'outlaw style' install?)

Now, Forging videos please !

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#10 Dave Hammer

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 01:11 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments everyone!

Kerry.... My 15HP converter brought the hammer up easily. I put a compressor unloader on it, but didn't need to use it... (at least not yet, maybe when it's cold out).

John N.... The base for the hammer is steel plate (which just sits on bare ground (rock dust)), so the base of the anvil is even a little higher than the floor. The hammer frame is mounted on "C" channel. I will be building a platform to stand on when I forge. The first video is very benign because I still have work to do on the hammer. I will be posting forging videos later....

Monstermetal.... Yes... I think it's kind of an addiction once you start...

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#11 Glenn Gilmore

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 09:37 PM

The hammer has an interesting sow block configuration. Any idea why it is done that way? Attached it photo of my sow block along with Steve Fontanini maker of the Rat Hole anvil renamed the Fontanini anvil.

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#12 Dave Hammer

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 10:34 PM

Glenn... It's pretty clear (at least, I believe) that this is not the original anvil/sowblock configuration for the hammer. This sowblock actually looks like it was made from the top of another similar anvil (or just milled out of a large block of steel). I could verify it, but I don't think the sowblock is cast iron. I don't have any information about what happened, but it looks like the original anvil may have been broken, remilled to have a male dovetail on it's top, then this sowblock made from the top of another anvil, then added. In any case, it's good, because this sowblock probably weighs 700 pounds or more and adds to the mass of the anvil tower. The production environment this hammer was used in obviously used the large dies because one had "settled" into the top of this sowblock a little. Sometime in the future, I would like to get the dovetail and top of the sowblock cleaned up a bit. If, when I modify these or make new dies, I have issues getting the hitting surfaces parallel, it will be sooner rather than later.

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