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25# Little Giant- To buy, or not to buy?


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I’ve been looking off and on for a power hammer in my area and within my admittedly limited budget for quite some time now. The other day this ‘lil fella cropped up in my search for $750. I know it needs a fair amount of work, but aside from a few of the more obvious issues(lack of a motor, etc.), I’m not quite clear on just how large of an undertaking getting it running would be. 
 

So, a question for the fine folks of the forum, most of whom would know better than me: Worth the price and effort? To buy, or not to buy?

 

 

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It seems like everything is there. Definitely needs new toggle arms and I'm sure it will need new babbits poured. The good thing is there is still good customer service for these machines and I'm sure most the parts are available. If it were me I would pull the trigger. 

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What Jeremy said.  New arms, babbitt, dies, probably clutch innards, and a motor.  All parts are available for these except the frame, and you have that.  There's even restoration guides.

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If you get it rig a shield to protect yourself just in case the spring breaks.  I believe it was Ed Caffrey or Kevin Cashin had that happen and their wife would have been turned into a widow if the shield hadn't deflected the broken spring.

 

Doug

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On 6/10/2021 at 10:30 PM, Al Willis said:

’ve been looking off and on for a power hammer in my area and within my admittedly limited budget for quite some time now. The other day this ‘lil fella cropped up in my search for $750. I know it needs a fair amount of work, but aside from a few of the more obvious issues(lack of a motor, etc.), I’m not quite clear on just how large of an undertaking getting it running would be. 
 

So, a question for the fine folks of the forum, most of whom would know better than me: Worth the price and effort? To buy, or not to buy?

 

If you don't want it let me know! I will drive up to a 1000 miles to go get it! Seriously be prepared for some work but this was back when they built tools to last! If you got the body you can bring it back to life!!! And I am serious I will take it if you don't want it!!

 

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Thanks for all the replies! If all goes well(fingers crossed) I should be driving to get it on Tuesday with my brother’s help.

 

Now to clear some space for it in the shop. Maybe next to the lathe that I need to finish rewiring...

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Well, it would appear that I have encountered a few speed-bumps on my path to owning this hammer. 

 

First and foremost, my brother(who owns a trailer and a much better truck than mine) has the flu and is thus unable to help. In addition his trailer’s springs are shot and not suitable for a long drive.


Upon learning this, I was swift to offer my hopes for his swift recovery before calling a few friends who had been able to help before. No such luck this time. All of them had to work during the time I would be making the drive.

 

Not being so easily discouraged, I resolved to make the trek and load the thing myself. After all, that’s what rollers are for! That’s when I learned of Uhaul’s policy to not rent trailers to anyone driving a Ford Explorer of any year or subtype...

 

I have every intention of continuing my attempts at getting this hammer, but I’m beginning to think that the Fates may have other plans.

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Following an exhausting 600 mile drive, the destruction of a cheap come-along, the loss of a poorly installed taillight on a rental trailer, and my front gate being damaged courtesy of my attempt to back up at night in heavy rain, the hammer is home! Detailed photos to follow after I get some sleep. 
 

Totally worth it, but I am BEAT.

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Well, here she is. Not the prettiest at the moment and in need of some serious restoration, replacements, and repairs, but this lil’ hammer WILL live again!

 

 

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