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  1. OK everything I just wrote dissapeard, Here is my home made power hammer, I am trying to make a living being an artist blacksmith and bronze foundry, I have also made a Pneumatic planshing hammer
  2. Hello, I've been sifting through the forums for years for information and wanted to say thank you to everyone who's sharing what they know on here. As a blacksmith relatively early in his career this place is an incredibly valuable resource. Now to the situation: I have owned and operated a 50lb little giant for 6 or so years now, and it has certainly helped me along making knives and smaller sculptures. I have the funds to invest into an upgrade for my shop, and have a few options currently on the table but can't quite figure out the best move. I certainly want a heavier hammer, I'd
  3. Hi all, This is my first post on I forge iron so please be gentle! I am pretty new to blacksmithing but I have been machining and making things for some time. I have been putting a few bits for blacksmithing and I was made aware of some big lumps of steel that were being scrapped so (despite the fact that the blacksmithing skills don't warrant it yet) I decided to turn them into a 55kg power hammer (120lb) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-knMZTTUCg&t=1027s Hope you like the video. I have a few other videos related to machining and blacksmithing if you are interested.
  4. Hi everyone, I saw this idea in a rough sketch on pinterest about 5 years ago, and only recently managed to get around to trying it out. Hopefully this will start a new type of cheap power hammer for us novices I like to call a "Diff hammer". Basically, you power the tail shaft on an open rear vehicle diff, then brake the opposing wheel to send force to the hammer drive. Made exclusively from free parts, excuse the welding of a few novices. This is powered by a 3hp DC treadmill motor, using the treadmill front drive roller as the drive wheel for a V belt, but a flat belt wo
  5. Hi I am Rocken Mike I started forging my own knifes and blades last year and I have been having a great time doing it. I have looked for power hammers and all are too big or too expensive so I checked out a few You Tube videos and built my own It works better than I was hoping for. My biggest expense was the treated 6 X 6 post I used for construction it took 2 8' X 6" X 6" treated post. Anybody with a little skill and a welder and a circular saw and a drill can build this cheep. I got the bearing from a local motor repair shop and the pillow block bearings same place. The
  6. Hi Guys, Just looking fort some straight up opinions. I have an opportunity to buy a new style LG 50# mechanical hammer for $4500 CAD or potentially a Blu Max 110# for $4000 CAD. Both appear to be in pretty good shape. the blu max is only 7 years old with apparently light use. I already have a 5HP Ingersoll compressor to run the Blu off of and obviously I don't need it for the LG. Just curious to get your thoughts on which to bite on..
  7. Dos anyone know where a fella could find something from which to make an anvil suitable for a 40-60 pound power hammer? I live in Mechanicsville, VA and was thinking maybe the shipyards in Norfolk would be a good starting point but most scrap yards I contacted are "Single-Contract Sellers" and can't sell me even so much as an old rusty nail. Any help would be welcomed. Bill
  8. I’m considering a 75kg Anyang power hammer for my shop. I know there are so many threads on here which talk about foundations and isolation pads, but there are so many variables, it seems impossible to have a one fits all solution. The Anyang is a one piece unit, which I would think is a bit more forgiving than having a seperate anvil, but then I’m not sure! We are very rural, but I have one neighbouring property, which is only about 50 meters away from the workshop. The couple who live there are not very forgiving about noise. Any noise. Last week whilst I was working in th
  9. Ok so I bought a Beaudry #9 power hammer back in November and am finally able to set it up. The flat belt system is confusing me and I am having a hard time finding literature or reference on how this stuff is supposed to be set up. I have a jack shaft driven by a 10hp motor. Unfortunately the drive wheel is about half the size of the flywheel on the hammer. I wish I could find a larger one. As of right now I am testing with an old worn out canvas belt that I got with the hammer. My main problem is around belt length and tension. The belt is supposed to spin with the jack shaft aro
  10. is there anything "wrong" with designing/building a two piece die; with the dovetail part bolted to the striking part of the die ?? Seems to me the hardest and thus more expensive part to machine is the dovetail section... Then the striking section could be a "chunk of metal" found at local steel pile/store/ebay/junk and then drilled, tapped and assembled to the dovetail. Or am i missing something.... ??
  11. I"m looking for a picture of the back side of the pulley, specifically of the wooden shoes that engage the pulley to the shaft. Thank you, Regis
  12. I've been working with the great folks at SOFA to try and coordinate a tire-hammer workshop, led by Clay Spencer. It is tenatively planned to occur mid-April of next year. The cost would be approx. $1500 and several days of work to leave with a finished tire hammer/power hammer. A 50% deposit would be due in advance. This would be held at the SOFA facility in Troy, OH (where Quadstate is held). Details are still being worked out and are thus subject to change, but we are trying to gauge interest. If you would be interested in attending, and would have the financial means to do so, send me a PM
  13. Hello, I've been searching for a power hammer or forging press for a few years now! They seem to be so hard to come by. I'm ideally looking for a pilkinton 1cwt or anything similar, but I'd consider anything that moves hot steel at this point! If anyone knows of anything for sale in the UK I'd be grateful! Thanks, Tom
  14. Hello everyone! My name is Andre, I’m naturally from Brazil. I am finishing my kynion style pneumatic hammer but I’m having a low bpm problem and I don’t know what is the main cause, since I have a 250L compressor running with 15bar.. this is the compressor. My piston is kinda big, but I don’t think that it would be a problem to this compressor... it has 115mm on its base, and the arm diameter is 45mm ( don’t know if this is the right word) Ive based myself on crickets air circuit plans, but with only one roller valve ( maybe this is the problem) (This
  15. I know I am preaching to the choir here since nearly all of you have known Clay Spencer longer than I have but, His current tooling class is an intensive program that has rewards in the instruction, hands-on smithing and the bevy of tools that the participants take home. The current cost is $300 and is sure to rise with the rising prices of steel. Clay furnishes everything but personal protection equipment and he will provide a list participants must supply. I took home 18 pieces of tooling, most of which sell at meets for $35-$45 each. Clay demonstrates the use of each and sho
  16. Hi all. Here is my design for my power hammer (Ron Kenyon simple air hammer with Larry Zoeller modifications) die. At the moment it is just the base but i run into a little problem/dilemma. https://cad.onshape.com/documents/e3c54a90c5026613737eea49/w/3c2b0ea84d0f4dc883b1228e/e/9e5e7e7e4e0c0513d97797a9 The problem is with the dovetail. Currently i'm using a 50mm diameter, 20mm~ height, 60 degree, dovetail cutter. However, it's angle is way more steep then the angle i see on other power hammers die and bases (ram and anvil). It is very easy to use the dovetai
  17. I'm investigating purchase of a power hammer directly from China. I'm leaning toward a 25kg hammer with the 2 piece design. They all look like they're based on the same design but I'm sure there are quality differences between the factories. Do people here know about any factories or brands that have a reputation for being particularly good or bad? Thanks for any input.
  18. I've been posting this in a couple other places, but thought I'd post the whole thing over here too as it's a real hammer crowd and I could always use more input! The thread starts back a month ago in early June... Well, I had enough of trying to track down hammers, afford them, dicker over price, lose deals from distance and competition... so I contacted my friend Larry Langdon and sure enough, he had a good project hammer to sell me.It's a #9 Beaudry Champion, the slack belt type, the 300 lb. model. It needs dies and a sow block. Overall it's not too badly worn but has a good surfa
  19. Hay guys, so I've kinda fabricated myself into a bit of a corner with my new toy. Just finished building myself a new style kinyon power hammer with a 125# head that's getting its paint job at the moment. I'll put a pic below of its unpainted self. My issue is the floor of my shop. The whole hammer weighs around 1400# according to my CAD sofware and was walking around while i was testing it out, and making a pair of damascus knives I had to rush for Christmas gifts. The obvious solution is to bolt it down which I intended to do. But now that the time for it has come I'm not so sure I want to,
  20. Hello, I'm looking for a Beaudry & Co power hammer placard. Anyone have one or any leads on one, preferably one that isn't currently affixed to a machine? I'd prefer an orphan as I don't want one being taken from its rightful home on my account. Thank you in advance for any help you might be able to give, --Dan
  21. Saw this little guy in an old shop here in Wyoming. I'll hopefully get better pics later, but it appears to be only about 3.5/4' tall. The base doesn't look like any little giant I've seen, so any ideas?
  22. Well this has been a project that Ive been wanting to do for quite a while now and I'm glad to say it is finally finished. Its inspired from the pictures of a few compact DePew helve hammers i saw pictures of as well as the Hawkeye helve and a few others, as well as some of my own ideas. I was originally going to build a spare tire hammer but couldn't wrangle up the parts, so i looked around the shop at what i had and what space i had to work with. I still intend to build the tire hammer at some point and there are a few parts that i purposely avoided using in this build in order to save them
  23. I am making a power hammer and am not sure a wooden frame is up to the task. As I do not have access welder or nor the knowledge of how to use one I have made a frame out of wood. I have enclosed a picture of the design and of my frame (I am not done with it). What do you guys think? I can jump on the frame and it barely moves. As I have never used one before I don't know about the stresses that the hammering puts on the machine.
  24. Well it's almost done. I have a few more parts to make and some more welding to do. The column to slide housing will be welded in today and the motor wired. I am making my dies from 4140 to start with. The laser cut patterns I made helped a lot. I am curious, has anyone filled their columns with sand to help with the noise? Any noise reduction would be a bonus. The wife has offered to do the final clean up grinding and painting. Thanks all!
  25. First run testing of tire hammer I built. Largely based on Spencer and anvilfire pictures and any other photos or information I could find on the web. I wanted to take advantage of everything I could and using a hub assembly off the rear of a front wheel drive vehicle provided a brake system predesigned and fitted. 62 lbs ram weight, 800 lbs in anvil section, approx. 1200 lbs total as it sits (think I need to add a little more anvil weight as the ram came in above what I had planned), 1 hp motor at full rpm would be over 300 BPM but from the video it is obviously running slower than that. Stil
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