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#1 Abeck



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Posted 01 April 2012 - 07:20 PM

Curious if anyone would care to speculate about the value of a 25 lb dupont power hammer. Model O. The hammer currently is not operational and has no motor or belt, it is set up for overhead belt driving power so might need some retrofitting to run off a regular motor. I am trying to talk the owner into selling but he seems to think his hammer is worth a lot. I can't really find any comparables to show him.
Thanks for the help

#2 Bentiron1946


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Posted 01 April 2012 - 07:23 PM

I just can't imagine that it would be worth a whole lot more than a comparable Little Giant in similar condition.

#3 Abeck



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Posted 02 April 2012 - 05:23 AM

That thought occurred to me, however I'm not sure what the value of a non functioning little giant might be? Also, my assumption is the dupont would be worth slightly less as there are far fewer parts available.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:22 AM

I bought 2 25 # LG Sat. For $ 300 each however they were missing a part or two. i have paid $1000 for rebuildable LG hammers, But remember the company does offer many new parts.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:52 AM

It depends mostly on condition... but that being equal, there is a big difference between them. The dupont is a much more rugged, industrial machine and probably has close to twice the weight of the LG, with a stronger guide system and larger bearings and designed to work all day, every day for years in a factory setting doing industrial production work. The LG is a smaller, lighter hammer intended to be used in a small blacksmith shop to enhance the output of a smith. If its a well set up hammer, it should have finer control than the dupont. Thats my view, at least. Restoring the dupont could get alot more involved, I know at least some did not have babbit main bearings and could take alot of machining. I would love to have a 25 pound dupont, excellent hammer.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 09:19 AM

Many is a word that only leaves you guessing.........Where have I heard that?? :unsure: ........There's a world of difference between $150 and 10x that.........How much is the man expecting to get for the hammer?..... :)
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#7 r smith

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 09:39 AM

Besides not being hooked up to a line shaft, what makes the machine not operational? Is it missing parts? Putting an electric motor to run a mini line shaft/jack shaft above it is an easy thing to do. Lots of info on that type of thing on IFI. Show us some detailed photos

#8 Judson Yaggy

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 06:09 PM

Location is another factor. Ohio probably has 10x the no. of hammers than LA, so that affects price. If all else were equal (and having owned and operated both LG's and DuPont/Fairbanks hammers) I'd pay at LEAST 1.5 times more for a Fairbanks than a LG. Again all else being equal. A not running but intact LG here in Vermont would fetch at least 1k, probably more.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 06:23 PM

NO BRAINER! Pound for pound, the dupont/ fairbanks is a far superior hammer, and will run a comparable littlle giant into the ground. Go the extra yard for the dupont!
The factory where I served my apprenticeship had a 100 pound fairbanks, which is the same hammer as the dupont. It took a lickin and kept on tickin!!!!!
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#10 Timothy Miller

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 08:42 PM

I would pay 1500 for a easy to repair 25 lb Dupont 1000 for one that needed major work. 2000-to 2500 for one that is plug in and play. I had a 75 lb for years they are well built robust hammers.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 11:47 AM

I'd agree with all the above . The Fairbanks/Dupont line are great hammers! Their claim to fame was the least amount of moving parts, so I was told. I'm running an A (50#)
BTW, pulley configuration determines where your motor placement will be.
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