ROCKEN MIKE

Power hammer ( Home Built )

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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 recoil spring is from a set of porch swing springs the rest was from my shop.

This was a simple build with easy to find parts with a budget in mind. I would recommend anchoring the base to the floor with the force of the hammer it wants to walk around a bit.

So I will share this pictures of it completed.

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Powered oliver; have you looked into building a tire hammer?

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I like it. I have been thinking of something similar.

Mel

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41 minutes ago, ThomasPowers said:

Powered oliver; have you looked into building a tire hammer?

Yeh but I have a small shop so room is a premium in my shop. Or is that the one with a wooden cam lobe on a roller wheel  

31 minutes ago, Melw45 said:

I like it. I have been thinking of something similar.

Mel

Thanks Mel if you need any dimensions or help on your build I will share what I know. I am glad I did use a 6x6 instead of a 4x4 it makes a much better base.

 

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Tire hammer is a common name for one of the most popular home built powerhammers and is the one with the smaller footprint.     How many hundreds of hours have been put on it to judge its usefulness and reliability?

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Thanks I had to work with what I could readily find in my area but it does work very well.

On 7/11/2017 at 3:25 PM, ThomasPowers said:

Tire hammer is a common name for one of the most popular home built powerhammers and is the one with the smaller footprint.     How many hundreds of hours have been put on it to judge its usefulness and reliability?

Thanks I had to work with what I could readily find in my area but it does work very well.

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What;s the BPM?   How much head room for tooling? How adjustable is it?

Not to denigrate your inventiveness; however "work very well" is very subjective---do you have a lot of experience with other powerhammers and so can compare it with them? I've owned 4 powerhammers so far and was part of a class on building an Appalachian hammer and used a dozen different ones before including 4 different hammers on *1* project. So I'm barely  broken in on them myself.

I once designed a water powered hammer to  run off an undershot wheel in a particular creek. Designed to use materials and supplies I had to hand. (Used a cable spool as the base for the waterwheel construction and the axle had multiple projections to engage the 20# sledge's handle.)  It would be a lot better than working only by hand  but a very poor powerhammer in general and not as good as having a couple of trained strikers.

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I have 7" to use different tools for cross penning  and flattening and fullering 

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More Power!  makes a big difference!

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Hey Mike,

Any chance we can see a video of this thing hammering on some steel?

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