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Die Spring, 75lb Fairbanks.

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Okay, I finally got my wife through her cancer and me through shoulder surgery. I have an old Fairbanks hammer that is in great condition. However, the die spring that came with it is not the correct one. When the hammer is resting, the coils are so close together that just a couple of playing cards can fit between each. The old book for this hammer calls for a 5.5 inch long, 3.5 inch outer diameter, with .625 inch wire. That is the exact spring I have now. I think I am right in guessing that I have a spring made up just like the old one but with only 5 coils instead of 6? Oh, the spring should not need to compress more than 4.5 inches as that is the point at which the side arms get close to the gullet.

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Well Sid had the original prints for the fairbanks hammers. He told me that both machines used the same spring. I bought two springs from him over the years and they worked well for me.

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