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Treadle hammer in the works

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just got heat back in the shop last week and Kicking my self in the ass to get out there. Sorry for it taking so long.

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I have a dilemma. I made the anvil out of square tubing and packed it with fine sand.

 

Now im realizing that it will take alot of the force out of the hit. It may end up like hitting a stump, instead of hitting an anvil.

 

Im going to do some equations in physics and see what I come up with.

 

Here is the problem. The anvil weighs about 40 lbs and the hammer weighs about 70 lbs. Now you see the problem. My only saving grace is that the base plate weighs about 180 lbs.

 

I would appreciated input.

 

 

My idea is to remove the anvil and replace it with a 110 lbs 6"x6" and make a post anvil out of that with 4" square post for the remainder (1" squares welded together).

 

Here is a rough picture of and Im gonna start on the guide ram soon.

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Alex, I would suggest HIGHLY building up the anvil from solid like that, that would make it hit much harder and work like an anvil, that will solve your problem.

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New installment, spent the day on the guide ram. The one side that is not complete needs to be customized, because thats where the arm thats holding the ram is going to go.

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I got my treadle hammer the easy way, I bought it on eBay. The springs have been removed for ease of transportation.

 

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Im gonna send more pics in a day or two, I have been working on it for the past 6-7 days and im getting close to completion.

 

I would just like to know if anyone could think up a decent name for the hammer.

 

So far I have

 

-Squishus Maximus

-El Squisho Grande

 

And my personal favorite "The Coarse Adjustment"

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Thumper. As in the movie "Bambie". What can I say? Little hammer. Big attitude!

 

~Bruce~

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It is in working order, but still not finished, it has been laying dormant for the last week or so.

 

Here are some pics.

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NICE i cant realy give you any advice but i like the name thumper. you could always name it after what body part it "thumps" first (thumb crusher, toe smasher). ive got a hammer thats named flat hotdog.............no coment.

 

 

 

 

im leaving the explanation up to your imagination, just one thing my cat was involved.

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thats awsome is it powered by you ?

im green as grass so please dont think im a dumb ass . iv never seen one of these what a great idea .. what sort of force can this produce ?

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Yes, you stomp on the treadle and the head comes down and whacks whatever's in between the dies.

 

They're great for single solid blows, like stamping and such, and can be good for slitting, punching, and drifting if your bottom die is appropriate to the task. The best way to think of them is as a really slow but strong apprentice with a sledge hammer for those times you want or need to use top tooling but only have two arms.

 

They are not a great substitute for a power hammer or press, although with determination and the proper dies you can use them to draw out billets and such.

 

I have one not nearly as nice as the one pictured above, it's a swing-arm type with a lot of slop in the arms rather than an inline-motion type. I use it very rarely, but I'm not going to get rid of it because what it does, it does very well indeed. What it doesn't do, well, that's why I also have a power hammer. ;)

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As a beginner smith with no money but access to tools to build a simpler version of a treadle hammer, would one reccomend me putting in the effort to build one for drawing out heavy lengths of steel? I'm just minding that my arms just dont cut it for the big heavy truck springs, and i rarely get a buddy out to help. being 18, i would very much like to save my limbs from breaking.

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A treadle hammer is NOT a powerhammer, the sooner you understand that the better.

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KICK ASS project you got going there.. Wow!

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A great project and workmanship. That base plate is awesome! Looking forward to more pics. I wish I had those dies too.

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