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  1. When mine was nearly done it took them an extra week to paint it because they do it outside and it was rainy. Its nice to see your people have a paint booth.
  2. After about a year my hammer is still working fine. It is not used much and purely a hobby machine so I still feel good about the purchase. Having talked to other purchasers from that factory before buying made me feel better about taking the risk. If I were relying on it to earn a living, I would for sure buy from James. The value of support for something that pays the bills is worth way more than the lower price from another vendor.
  3. Thanks for all of the input. The dealer says that some areas with a lot of sand in the soil go through the blades really quickly. He has blades made out of some soft of abrasion resistant material that he says last 4-6 times longer. Cost is 3x the price of the normal ones. Since the blade is just a rectangle of 1/8" or so thick bar with 2 holes in it and no grinding or fancy edges, I may look into buying wear strip bar by the foot and having a bunch made by a shop that does laser cutting. For now, I've got plenty to do without another project so I'll just order a set or two of the hard blades and see how they do.
  4. I recently got a Berta rotary plow. This thing has 4 spinning blades that pulverize and fling the dirt. It has some replaceable metal blade tips to prevent the big spinning blade from wearing out. The blades are about 1/8" think x an inch wide, and about 4 inches long. After about 4 hours of use, the replaceable tip was worn and needed to be turned to a new edge. If I want to make new ones from a more abrasion resistant steel, what would be a good one to use? Thanks.
  5. looks like a really nice build. What are the various configurations of the wheels and platten used for?
  6. I used to have a #3 Hawkeye. It said what model it was on the front pedestal. My #3 had a cast iron rear pedestal, so I would guess that yours is #1 or #2. In the ad, the #2 says so on the casting so if your says nothing maybe its a #1.
  7. I built a gas forge doing just what you describe. The rammable refractory I put over the kaowool held up just fine and since it was pretty thin didn't suck up a lot of heat to get up to temperature. This would be a lot more useful to you if I could remember the name of the material I used, but I don't.
  8. There is a 3 day hammer in scheduled for August 19-21 at Roaring Camp near Santa Cruz CA. Cost is $110 for all 3 days and there will be demos as well as a group project that everyone can work on. It should be fun and I hope it is enough of a success to become an annual event.
  9. I just spent the last hour reading a VFD manual for something else and it does sound like there are many ways to screw it up. Manufacturers often have customer support people who can help you with the handful of settings that really matter for your application. A phone call to the support line might be a good use of time. The whine on motor drives can be caused by a drive signal that isn't the right sequence and amplituded needed to cause any movement but just vibrates the windings. You don't want to do that because you're putting power into the motor without it turning the fan to cool off. You may also damage your VFD.
  10. Thank you for the dating information. His anvil looks like it came to him via a time machine. Its either hardly been used or expertly repaired. I'll get a picture of the logo and numbers when I next see my nephew.
  11. Another request for Trenton dating if someone has the Postman book. My nephew just got a Trenton serial number 217515 on the right side of the foot. On the left is maybe a 75, maybe Z5. Thanks.
  12. I would not reuse the oil. Oil is cheap compared to a scored cylinder from some grit that might make its way out of your sump. As far as oiling, you pump the handle until you see the first drop or two in the sight windows, then when its running you adjust the needle valves so that you see a drop every 6-10 seconds being pulled in. Again, oil is cheap and hammers expensive so don't be stingy with the oil. You do want to grease the bearings, but not too much. A couples of strokes on the grease pump is all you need. The manual says every 3 months of use for the grease so you can adjust that to the amount of work you do.
  13. We'll be camping too. We'll have a black Dodge truck.
  14. I bought that book for my son's 12th birthday and can highly recomend it. It is very complete and written in a clear concise style that makes learning easy and presents the material in small bites, and in increasing levels of complexity.
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