Mike Blanchard

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  1. that would be great! yes my blower works perfectly now tat I cleaned it all up and gave it some good TLC :-) I have a washing machine motor I can use, but I'd love to get it restored back to the way it "should" be.... If I'm going to go down the electric road, I have a power vent blower that I can replace the Hero's blower with completely without permanently modifying the forge thanks! Mike B
  2. I had thought about that, however there isn't much room between the flywheel and the blower pulley :-(
  3. Hi all! My Hero Forge saga continues :-) I picked up this forge abou ta month ago, it's all belt driven, whereas most rivet forges I've seen have a quarter gear that moves the flywheel, this one has two belts instead of the gear..... I took the whole thing apart and cleaned it all up, got everything moving and spinning the way it should be. Got it all back together, started to test out to get ready for new homemade leather belts.... using Paracord to get the right sizes ;-) Well, I think I have the wrong flywheel.... the flywheel should spin clockwise in order to spin the blower clockwise... however, the clutch portion only locks up to spin the flywheel counter clockwise :-( I attached a picture to show what I mean.. hopefully.... you can see the tabs on the flywheel portion that will only lockup with the axle portion to spin the wheel counter clockwise.... am I correct in saying that there is no way that this thing will spin in the right direction by the pull of the wooden handle? There is also a spring on the inside between the flywheel and axle portion that pushed the axle portion away from the flywheel... I feel that spring is in the wrong postion and should push the axle portion toward the flywheel clutch and not away from.. I have no reason to suspect that this flywheel is not original, although it may very well not be original by the look of things.... anyone have the clutch pieces for a clockwise rotation and need a counterclockwise setup? or want to sell the assembly or pieces? two pictures... first one of the entire assembly... second one of the closeup of the "axle portion" of the clutch I'd love to get this old girl runnign again properly... I'd rather not hand make the clutch pieces in order to do so.... but I'm at a loss as to where I might even begin to find pieces like this :-( thanks all! Mike B oh and the "actuator" arm that usually has a big steel weight on it that the wooden handle attaches to is broken, so no big weight... I can substitute a bungee cord or two for now for that.... However, it's on the right side of the flywheel, which is opposite of what I see on all the other forges... usually that big "ball" arm is on the left, along with a gear mechinism for moving the big flywheel.... mine is all on the right side.....
  4. ok, so, thanks to the help here that have sent me some information, I've found out it's a Canedy hero forge number 6. there aren't any gear teeth on this model, as it uses a leather strap to acomplish the same thing. i do have a broken part that I'd love pictures of a complete example. Take a peek at the portion within the yellow circle. If anyone knows of, or has one of these please take a few pictures. if you have one of those arms that you'd be willing to sell to me, let me know that too please! :-) thanks! Mike B
  5. I'm still searching, but I don't think this model has the quarter gear on it... although I may be wrong. I've seen a lot of pictures of other Rivet forges that have the gear setup and this one looks different. It might supposed to have a gear on it, but for some reason I dont' think so... yes, the pivot handle is broken, but I do have the bracket that goes into that little nub that sticks out ;-) I'm sure I can fashion something up to connect it up. If not, I have that electric blower I got along with it... I can always use that... however I'd much rather use the lever and blower that's attached thanks all! Mike B
  6. cool! I'll continue my search for that :-) any thoughts or ideas what, if any, pieces might be missing?
  7. yup, there is certainly a piece missing, or something that has to be connectedt.... If I can get the forge identified, I should be able to find pictures of the missing piece that I can make. :-) Mike B
  8. HI all! Long time lurker, first time posting :-) I just picked up a forge, 1.5HP electric blower, and a full 20 gallon drum of Bituminous coal for $150. I'm hoping that I got as good of a deal that I think I did :-) can anyone identify this forge for me? I'll dig into it on Saturday to try and hook up handle to turn the flywheel. The blower spins nicely as does the flywheel. I have the leather belt, and the bracket for the wooden handle. If anyone can help point me in the right direction for hooking up the handle to spin the flywheel that would be fantastic. or maybe there are some pictures of this model in fully operational status that i could use as a reference? thanks all! Mike B