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  1. I collected parts for my treadle hammer for 5-6 years, then built it in a day. I realized after the fact that I had really over thought the whole thing a lot.
  2. Welding the eye is faster and easier. It allows a better bearing and is quite strong enoigh- Clay has built a LOT of these. To my memory, nothing was heat trested short of normalizing the spring eyes after welding, but it has been nearly 20 years so something may have slipped my memory. I am pretty sure I just used cold rolled for the arm axels.
  3. I got this hammer because the Bradley just doesn't seem to like punching holes. It is great for everything else, but it's short stroke and soft first blow just dont make for good results with tall tools. So today I punched the first hole on the 250. I definately need to upgrade all my tooling. My tongs aren't the right size, I dont have punches or drifts really, and seem to have lost at least half of my power hammer tools somewhere on my journeys...
  4. A 25 will work the same steel you can work by hand. It will move the work from your arm to a motor, which is a big improvement. A huge advantage, is nearly all parts are available from the company, and all work on these little hammers is pretty easy. A 25 is easy to move and install and will run on a 110 volt light circut if you dont have a lot of power available. Prices vary a lot, but an equivalent little Anyang air hammer runs around $5k so keep that in mind.
  5. I know of a few Smith's who have built modern barrels for modern cartridges. The process is to wrap a pattern welded skin over a 4140 core and weld solid, then drill like a modern barrel. The Damascus is purely decorative and has no real effect on the barrel. Damascus barrels fell out of common use when powders started generating higher pressures, steel got better and finally, high pressure rifle rounds came into use. The cost/safety issue was the end of them. Black powder in a traditional muzzle loader would represent a technology that Damascus has the capability to function with, but I dont think a straight up Damascus barrel could handle the 50,000+ cup most modern barrels are subjected to.
  6. I have run rotary converters over the years a 3 originally, replaced with a 10, then traded off with the last of my 3 phase equipment, and more recently replaced with a 7.5. They are really easy and cheap to build, and way more reasonable than the $100,000+ that LG&E wanted to power up my shed.
  7. I tried to get 3 phase from my previous utility. It would have required all the wiring on my end of course, but the transformers were 40 yards from the building. They wanted something like $60,000 just to connect to it, and wanted me to sign a contract to buy a minimum of something like 30-40 thousand worth per year, regardless of usage. Here the rural co-op charges me $40 a month, and whatever I use. The 3 phase was a big selling point here.
  8. Playing with the hammer this morning, and had a humorous problem. Drawing down tong reins. This hammer breaks down stock quick, and while it can be a tad wild it is controllable.my problem arose when I tried to round up the taper. It forged out square and fairly smooth easy enough, and took the corners to octagon, no problem. But knocking the octagon down to round, just squared it back up. Clifton said you should get used to turning as fast as the hammer runs, but for the last 27 yrs I have been running a 75 pound Bradley. It runs around 300-350 bpm. I am turning twice every time the hammer comes down !
  9. I am having noise issues in my new building. It is all metal and rattles like a snare drum when grinding, forging or even welding. I am currently experimenting with welding curtains as noise baffles, in the hopes that I can at least isolate sound before it sets up reverb throughout the building...
  10. Who is currently selling these? Clifton used to sell them himself, and I wore out a VHS copy. I would like to get it on digital...
  11. If someone finds these they should be archived
  12. No idea just yet. For the moment still working a day job ( well night shift). The 250 got to hit steel tonight. Definately an entirely different animal from the Bradley. Slow and deliberate is the best I can describe it. I do have some bad habits from the Bradley that definately won't fly with the little giant. I am used to setting tools in the frame of the Bradley right behind the guides. It is very convenient. That motion puts your tools straight into the arms and spring on this beast...I definately need the gaurd and break.
  13. Rural. Former CNC machine shop. Has 4- 3 foot deep 8 foot square pads for the Mazak machining centers that were formerly here. I went from a 400 sq ft garage to a 4800 sq ft industrial building