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I Forge Iron


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    Heber City, Utah


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    Grew up in Park City utah where i used to ski patrol, moved to los angeles at 16.
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    Welding (mig and Tig), beginning to put together a smithy.
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    Union Ironworker (rodbuster)

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  1. Thanks for the reply Jim! I'll check it out.
  2. I guess this could be a bit confusing to some. I'm looking for a handheld pneumatic rivet air hammer. Any suggestions on where to get one preferably with tooling beyond 5/16.
  3. Looking for a good quality pneumatic rivet set. I know ingersol is a great tool, i'm just curious if anyone knows of a good quality set up with tooling. Or does everyone just make the tooling for their air hammers? I usually do them by hand, but i wan't to get a quick, quality rivet without marking up the parent material. I've worked around the "jitterbugs" that the ironworkers used, but i'm not looking to spend a grand on one of those. Any info or experience with a good set up will be very helpful. Thanks Brian
  4. I'm over it, Daniel, i'll just send you some pictures. Amazing that the attachments on this site have been a pain in the rear for at least five years, some sites make it so easy, and some make it not worth the time to post pics.
  5. Daniel, Here are some pictures of my treadle. I used solid round stock where the treadle goes into the rocker fittings, welded some 1/4" flat bar on the treadle face so there is more surface area, and my foot doesn't slip off. I widened everything so it will clear the wood base.
  6. Looks like it put a beating on that slab!
  7. It's a tool! I'm not worried about it, i am happy enough with it, after all they only dent if you miss! I'm sure if i pushed it he would make it right, but to tell you the truth, i don't have the energy to bother, it doesn't affect my work. I was just surprised to find out that another fontanini was hard enough to skate a file, he does state on his site " the material will dent but should not chip". i'll be looking forward to a reflinghaus or a nimba in the future! Brian
  8. Yep, i used part of the old one and fabricated a beefier treadle. It definitely made her come alive! Well that and the new belts! Just fair warning, if you get one, you're gonna be strung out, i find myself dreaming of big steam hammers and upsetters, and huge presses and....well you get the idea! The late great Grant Sarver used to talk about guys buying $50,000 work trucks but balk at spending $10,000 on a hammer that will make you money. Since i set up shop near my home town of Park City, Utah i have been getting quite a bit of work from other metal shops and machine shops simply because they heard through the grapevine that i have a powerhammer. I'll get forging jobs that would take me two days over the anvil, and with the powerhammer i can bust it out in a few hours! Money well spent.
  9. Well thats a bummer for me. I'm glad yours is heat treated properly. If i had known it would be this soft i would have forked over the cash for a Reflinghaus. I guess the light bulb should have come on when i bought the last 460lber! Its still a nice tool, just a bit softer than i'd like, i guess i need to make sure i hit the hot steel and not the anvil! If only i had a big enough heat treating oven and a geyser of water!
  10. An angle grinder can be heard just as easily as the hammer, like John said.
  11. I have an anyang 88, i just relocated my shop because my neighbors complained about noise! Now i am in a 5 unit building where the other four units are used for storage, and i have a three year lease with the noisemaking etc written into the lease. I am in an industrial area so the law is on my side. My anyang is not that noisy at idle, but you do hear it, and as for noise while hammering, my neighbors shared the same slab of concrete with my unit, so the vibration through the slab was what was bothering them. My other neighbors at different locations throughout the industrial park claim they can barely hear it while im hammering. I keep the doors closed when working with the hammer, if you are 100 yards away from your neighbors, have some soundproofing on the walls of the shop, and have the hammer isolated from the rest of the slab, ill bet you'd be ok. By the way, James is great to deal with before and after the purchase, his customer support is unsurpassed. As for the 88, i love it! I just put new belts on and it is like a brand new hammer! When i moved i re-installed the hammer with 4 inches of wood base, seems to quiet the "crack" that John mentioned. Great hammer, great guy to deal with.
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