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  1. Hey y'all!!!! Well it finally happened, I finally finished my power hammer, and I LOVE IT!!!! Also whats better is that in a couple of weeks I will also have a 16ton hydraulic press!!!! The sad part is that I have to sell it, in order to buy a new truck So I will enjoy it while I have it Blessings!!!!!!! Chase
  2. It is a "Sam Stoner" style tire hammer. Sam Stoner is a local Mennonite blacksmith that I have recently become friends with. He operates his entire shop from 2 horses walking on a treadmill that turns a shaft through his entire shop. It is amazing to see, and so is his work!!!! Anyway's he also makes his own style power hammer. He started off with the Clay Spencer style power hammer, and wasn't extremely impressed with it. So after he was finished designing his own, the head has 10Lbs more weight, and a full inch of more stroke. I will post photo's of it when I get it. I had a 1HP motor, but Sam said that it needed to at least needed to be 1.5- 2 HP (he said 2 would be best if I could afford it).
  3. Hey y'all!!!!! MY POWER HAMMER WILL BE FINISHED SOON!!!!!!! I ended up finding a Mennonite blacksmith just down the road, and he actually makes power hammers. I worked out a deal where we traded blacksmithing tools in exchange for finishing my hammer. It should be finished this week, and now I am looking for a motor to put on it. I found one that I like, but I'm not sure if it will work. Could any one tell me if it would? Drip-proof design prevents water and other contaminants from entering the machine Steel frame with ball bearing construction and a rigid base for secure mounting Wired for counter clockwise rotation 60 Hz, 3,450 rated RPM Delivers up to 15 Amps @ 120V; 7.5 Amps @ 240V Thanks!!!! God bless!! Chase & Holly Saxton
  4. Looks pretty good!!! Keep up the good work man!!!! Cheers!!!
  5. Here is the Royal http://www.ebay.com/itm/ROYAL-ROYAL-7H-HORIZONTAL-BAND-SAW-12-X-8-/261613079277?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3ce95acaed
  6. Hey Yall!!!! Its been way to long since I have been on here, but I just got married 2 weeks ago and the bride and I are settling down in our new apartment (aka my old blacksmith shop office!!), along with building a house, getting my online business going better, and dealing with my Dad going legally blind after a stroke behind his eye. Anyhoo, I got a question, Have any of you ever heard of a Rutland brand metal cutting horizontal bandsaw? If so, what problems do they have? Are they good quality? My Black Bull 4X6 saw just went down after 4 years of heavy use, and I purchased the same type of saw from Harbor Freight Tools, and took it back the next day, because it broke 5 blades!!!!! My wife wanted me to buy the BIG bandsaw from harbor freight, but I don't want to sink 900 bucks in a piece of junk. This rutland I am looking seems in good condition for $500 obo He said it cuts 14 inch steel and is single phase. Thanks!!!!! Trip!!
  7. I was kinda thinking the same thing on the porta bandsaw I found a Ramco RS90P bandsaw on Craigslist for $850. Are these good saws? I will know after today if this will be a option for me (waiting to see how I'm gonna fare on taxes :blink: I am also looking at the hand sheers for the smaller rod stock. I found one on ebay I kinda like http://www.ebay.com/itm/12-HAND-SHEAR-Cutter-Cutting-Sheet-Metal-Steel-Plastic-Brass-FREE-SHIPPING/360884732332?_trksid=p2050601.c100085.m2372&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140211132617%26meid%3D5877141190998607082%26pid%3D100085%26prg%3D20140211132617%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D360884732332%26clkid%3D5877143995777722567&_qi=RTM1562569
  8. Mostly stuff for the farm. Mostly pipe steel. I'm also having a issue with straight cuts. my saw keeps cutting at a slant, so when I am welding table legs, the tend to lean to much to one side, and mess me up at times.
  9. Hey yall Thanks for all the info. I like the idea of a porta bandsaw, but I need something that will cut straight miter cuts for my fabricating work
  10. hey everyone. So I've been pretty busy in the shop blacksmithing, welding, and building new shop tools and equipment. I'm gearing up the shop to go from light duty blacksmithing and welding to tool, and equipment building. one of the steps i'm taking is getting a new metal saw for the shop. I currently have a Black Bull 4.5" bandsaw, and have had it for 4 years. It has been a great saw, but I have had to jerry rig parts, and now the motor is now over heating and is making a weird noise. I am looking at 3 different types of saws the Dewalt DW872 multi cutter, abrasive chop saw, and a larger band saw. I will be cutting small stock metal (1/4", 3/8",1/2", 3/4" round and square stock), larger tool steel (3" round is the biggest I see cutting), and pipe steel. Now I cant be spending no 1K on a saw of any kind, just can't afford that. I would like to stay around the $500.00 range, but would stretch to $800.00 Trip
  11. I don't own a tire hammer, but I have used one several times and they are great machines!!!! I am/ have been (as some of yall know) been building a tire hammer (no it's not finished yet :( ), and some of the plans are a little hard to understand if you haven't been around a tire hammer. I would suggest trying to find someone in your area that has one, and go look at it, compare parts with the plans, and take photo's, a LOT of photo's. It will make the building a lot easier. Good luck on the build!!!!
  12. I've seen a fire pot made out of 1/4" plate, but it didn't last long. I use 1/2" on all my fire pots, and they haven't shown any ware and tare.
  13. Leaf spring is a little more difficult to forge weld, but I've done it when I make small hip hatchets. When I forge weld leaf spring, I use 40 mule team borax, it seems to work better than EZ weld or Iron Mountain flux. Actually Mr. Miller :)
  14. Hey everyone, Inspired by the work of John Neeman tools, I have been wanting to shift my iron work to wood working tools. Having some spare time in the shop, I decided to try my hand at forging a Froe. For those of you who do not know what a froe is, I'll explain. A froe is a tool used by old time frontiersmen to make wooden shingles, or short boards. The edge of the froe is set on top of a log sitting on it's end, and then the top edge of the froe is struck by a wooden mallet. When the wood starts to split, you can pull backwards or forwards on the wooden handle to control the direction of the split in the wood. I forged this froe out of a piece of leaf spring, and then hand carved the handle using a draw knife and spoke shave. The handle it's self is made of a piece of Cherry, harvested off of my farm.
  15. ok, so I guess, I will forget that idea. LOL Would a car/truck leaf spring work? I have one in my shop, and I like to use what I have on hand.
  16. ok, well wouldn't there be energy loss with the spring and whipping motion?
  17. Hey yall, ok, some of yall are probably going to be like "your STILL working on that thing???!!!??" LOL Yep, I'm still working on my power hammer, I did a little work on it yesterday. My hammer frame (anvil post, base, and back bone) vary from what's called for in Ron Kinyon's new hammer design. So I'm concerned that the top spring helve thats called for in the plans won't work. so I was wondering if I could substitute the spring for a piece of HEAVY pipe steel. Would that work, would it be harder on the air cylinder? Thanks, Trip
  18. According to Google Maps, it's about a 2 hour 45 minute drive from Paducah to my shop.
  19. I had been using a 2lb "Brian Brazeal" rounding hammer that Dave Custer and I had forged last year (I think it was that long ago :blink: ), but now I'm about to step up to a 3LB 11 oz hammer that we made a few weeks ago. B)
  20. Greetings to all blacksmith's located in and around the Comonwealth of Kentucky. This letter is to inform you that Chase Saxton of "Blacksmith of the Bluegrass" is holding a "hammer-in" at his shop in Scottsville Ky, on the third Saturday of March at 9:00 am. Scottsville is a short drive off of the I-65 exit #2 for those coming from Northern Ky, or Tn We will have demo's by Chase Saxton, & Dave Custer of "Fiery Furnace Forge LLC", and after which we will have lunch, and then just some good ol'e forging and talking. We will have several forges, but we encourage smith's, who have a small portable forge/work station of their own, to please bring it, also if anyone has a shade tent, please bring that as well. Thank you. For lunch, we will be serving pizza, Coke, and good ole southern sweet tea, but if you would like something besides pizza, you are welcome to bring your own lunch. For those who will be having pizza, the cost is $6.00, and please let Chase know, so that we know how many pizza's to get. If you plan on attending, please email me back, let me know if you will be having pizza, and if you have your own portable forge/work station. Hope to see you all soon!!!!! if you would like to contact me about attending the hammer-in, you can email me at (270)618-1325
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