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Grandad's Junkyard Tire hammer 1940's

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I found this while cruising the net. Note the spring cushinoned bolts on the anvil hold down.
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http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/antique-machinery-history/neat-home-made-power-hammer-214670/

not my Grandad by the way

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I just spoke with Andy Fitzgibbon by phone and he gave IForgeIron permission to use the photos on the site.
Thank you Andy.

He lives iabout 125 miles north of IFI
I did find the wooden spokes on the rubber tire interesting, do not see many of them anymore.

Andy Fitzgibbon
This guided-helve power hammer was built in the 1940's by Steve Zentecki, a blacksmith from Chautauqua County, NY. Zentecki was an immigrant from eastern Europe who made tongs for Allegheny Ludlum Steel in Dunkirk, NY. The hammer is built entirely out of found objects and scrap metal. It is currently on loan to the Chautauqua County Antique Engine Association, for use in the blacksmith shop they have at their grounds.










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I like it, maybe workshoprat can use this as a design model for his hammer

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Now I see that the crank and main bearings are part of a broken hit-n-miss engine. Also looks like there is a brake shoe on the counter-weighted wheel. A real "junkyard" hammer, looks like he got everything from his junkpile.Ya just gotta love the two broken anvils!

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