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  1. Hey all, it's been awhile since I've been around here but I just picked up this post drill and have cleaned it up, reassembled and mounted it , but when cranking the handle the pinion gear on the crank and the smaller gear above it to drive the flywheel are binding at one spot , I loosened the set screw and rotated the flywheel gear and it changes when it binds . There is a little but of play in both gears should there be bronze washers in between to take up the play or do I just need to keep playing with the flywheel gear to get it properly aligned , it seemed to spin fine before cleaning.



  2. It weighs 144 , first number is while stone weights (112#) second is 1/4 stone weights (28#) and the 3rd is #s so it 112 +28+4=144 .

    You can use an angle grinder to smooth out the edges but I wouldn't be in a hurry , and if you feel you need to go light and just smooth them alil you can always do more if need be but putting metal back is much harder. A picture would help us know how bad ITIS.

  3. Im not sure how many times it has been successfully done not in a manufacturing setting , but it isn't that many I don't think.  It was an awesome project to get to be a part of, crazy Ivan was directing , with help from a couple other guys from PABA. Even wearing welding gloves , welding jackets and aprons , etc we all walked away with blisters and burns, the amount of heat was incredible. Took a good 2 hours to get to welding heat.  We had a little delamination drifting the hardy to size after the 3rd heat , because we got it stuck , was way to short. But it was fluxed and re welded and it was fully welded by the end of the day. Welds were set with a hammer head attached to a long wraughy iron handle while it was still in the forge. The rest of the heats were 4 strikers and a gigantic flatter modded from a sledge hammer.  The next one will be way easier ;) and a water hardening steel will be the choice. 

  4. Add charcoal and bit less air. I would want to add some sides that, maybe cut the barrel about 3 inches down and flip it over and tack it back to the barrel If your fire pot is just sitting in there . I would also take some clay or fire cement and smooth out the transition to the fire pot to make it easier to scoop the charcoal toward into the fire. 

  5. Looks good, the whole is a bit big for my liking, I use a much thinner punch with a v shaped tip with 4 facets on it, takes out a very thin plug , makes it nice and easy to drive through.  Just make sure to get it good and hot and stop once you see the color fading a bit, but keep at em and they will get easier! Can't wait to see the finished hammer.

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