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I Forge Iron


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    North Western Virginia
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    Forged and fabricated works of art.
    Custom tools and jigs.
    Objects of use for just plain living.
    Care giver for my ailing wife.

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  1. JHCC thanks for the reply. Well, yes I did do a file test, and the cuts are clean with no slag. Basically, at least from this source I will need to assume increased hardness from this supplier and start and finish the cuts with abrasives. I tried to anneal the metal in my oven without success so it could be an alloy . I called the supplier - they were clueless. Thanks Kozzy. Yeah I guess I just need to accept the hardness and grind finish and start to accomoate a good source of materials.
  2. Every now and then I will purchase plate drops from my local metal supplier. On acouple of occasions I have encountered hardened edges. In a couple of cases the edges were hard enough to destroy the usefulness of a band saw blade. Is this a comon problem ? Just wondering how the best way to test for hardness before starting to cut and how deep to expect the hardening to extend away from the edge.
  3. Thanks for the tutorial. This is for a home shop with, occasional use, so the refrigerated system is not practical. The question is then: It seems unlikely that all desiccant type systems are created equal - so how should I evaluate the functional quality of the available systems being considered ?
  4. Take me to school on the subject of moisture removal from compressed air.
  5. The Kuhn KO has a 26 Kg Tup weight, purchased new in 1992. The oiler is OME "Celer" brand. Ill give the cotton wool a try. It has always been a problem to keep adjusted so just thought that I would give another brand a try, but it seems from the comments that my experience is more the standard than the exception Thanks Ian.
  6. It is either on and flows or is off . Will not drip.
  7. The drip oiler on my power hammer no longer provides a reliable flow of oil . Any one have a suggestion for a specific replacement selection ?
  8. I have a hitch ball installed in my loader bucket. When I unload heavy machinery I just use the loader to move my loaded trailer into place and then raise the bucket to make a ramp out of the trailer bed . The last little bit of distance to the end of the ground can be ramped with blocking into the shop or ground. And yes I have used two anchor bolts to anchor a chain into my shop floor. Worked for my come along just fine. When I moved my Gorton mill into the shop I had the same problem with the door clearance so I removed the motor assembly . I doubt you will have the option to make your hammer shorter. Let us know what your final solution is. Opps Just now saw the whole post. Looking good.
  9. Thank you all for your comments. I failed to explain that the Kuhn Hammers of this vintage are constructed in two parts. The hammer machine body is basically a hollow steel shell with an open botton. The oil that it consumes is principally discharged from the machine drive piston into the interior of this shell. This, of course, means that the mat will be continuously exposed to lubricating oil when used. The pad provided with the machine is, I believe, neoprene which is oil resistant. The mat needs to be oil resistant which I doubt that floor mats or conveyor belts are. As stated above the hammer is constructed in two parts. The machine body and the anvil. The connection is designed to keep the two parts connected but allows a small amount of movement between the two parts. They however were designed to sit on the at the same level so the pad extends under both, otherwise I would bolt the bottom directly to the concrete base and place a pad under only the anvil. As I recall the pad which is only about 1/4" thick and 13" x 44 " cost close to $200 . Fabricca Products seems to be a good lead. However if anyone knows another source, or alternate product it would be nice to be able to shop $.
  10. Yep - can't complain - But it does need to be fixed
  11. When I bought my Kuhn KO back around 1992 I installed it on a hard rubber base pad recommended by the MFG. This pad has now aged out and is crumbling and needs to be replaced. What is currently considered to be the best material and source of this pad replacement ?
  12. Is it possible to convert my Oxygen/Acetylene "Gassaver" to Oxygen/Propane ?
  13. Does any one know what the plating metal for generic locking pliers is . I am preparing to modify a set to use as an anvil hold down jig. I suspect that the plating is nickel but have heard opinions that chrome may be what is used. Since I plan to do a bit of welding to complete this chore I would like to have a definitive answer before starting.
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