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Some old mechanicals have come up for sale and i dont want them to become scrap.The owner of the building is not a blacksmith and does not care what happens to these hammers.1.A BEAUDRY CHAMPION(its hard to tell the size from the pic 200-250lb. or larger?Beaudry made these from 50-500lbs.)2.A FAIRBANKS 100-150LB. 3.what appers to be a SCRANTON IMPROVED UPRIGHT POWER HAMMER(made in connecticut )4.A BEAUDRY CARCAS FOR PARTS 5.ANOTHER FAIRBANKS (weight?)All the hammers look to be in good to very good condition with the exception of the beaudy carcas.The machines are still on a shaft belt drive in the shop and have not been used for some time.I would like to help arange the sale of these hammers so they are not destroyed.I am making no money on this and would just like to see the hammers find homes.Please contact me via this board for more info. thanks.

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Yeah ,, let us know where they are and what kinda $$ ,,,



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Is this related to that old shop liquidation I heard about a few months back? An architect bought a building in central Mass that he had planned to convert to condos and was planning on liquidating the old toolmaking shop that had been located on the premises since the mid 19th century... I've been curious as to what was going on with that...

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Mark, it's very good to try to save these old hammer. If I were closer, I would buy one or all. Beaudry and Fairbanks are very good hammers. Any idea on price and a photo posted here would draw more interest. Also a lot of hammer heads from the NE over on Blade Forums (Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers) I'll put a link over there.

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  • 4 weeks later...

I hope these get bought, guys, the fairbanks / Champion hammers, are easily far and away the very best mechanical hammers that were ever built, IMO, and I've run them all. Controll, power, and strength, they got it all.

MAkes me sad I can't get one...




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The beaudry is a number 7,a 200 pounder.There are four scranton uprights also.The guy is not very cooperative when it comes to purchasing one of these .Hes changed the price on the machines every time ive spoken to him,which is hard to justify considering you wont be able to run any of the machines before you buy.There is no power to the building and everytings on a line shaft.I saw a motor on the beaudry but dont know if she runs.Wish hed donate them to a school.

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  • 2 years later...

hey alan this the shop i was speaking off....the db payne tool company...those scrantons are no joke....

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I know that this is an old thread, but I thought I'd let you know that most or all of those hammers were saved from the scrappers.

I know the 150# Fairbanks went to a good home and the Scrantons went to a tool shop being set up in Virginia. I heard that there was a 500# Little Giant on the site as well, but don't know what happened to it. I'd love to see one of those in action.



I ended up with the #7 Beaudry and it's turned out to be an excellent hammer. It was originally set up with insert dies top and bottom and had been run as a closed die hammer. I got the insert dies as well as the sample tools made from them, mostly pin punches sets and star drills.


I had it shipped out to an island off the west coast virtually site unseen and it proven to be a gamble that paid off. I re powered it with a single phase 7 1/2 hp 1725 rpm motor, jack shaft to reduce the speed , replaced the rollers and bronze guide strips , magnetic switch, new belts and new flat dies and mounted it on a 5'x 6'x 2' concrete foundation block. This about doubled the purchase price and took about a year in my ''spare time ''. but it's paid it back ten times over.


I'm an artist blacksmith doing architectural work and also run a 25# and 100# Little Giant. These old hammers have a lot of use left in them and should give many more years of service if taken care off, lubricated regularly and kept out of the hands of scrap hunters.



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What a good end to the story. I wonder what happened to that LG 500 too!

Boy I'd like to have a Beaudry though.

Please come and waste some otherwise perfectly good time, looking at my knives!


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I know the guy in virginia who bought the big load of power hammers, most of them Scrantons...........the big bargain in the deal was about 200 sets of power hammer dies, worth literally a fortune! He also got some machine shop equipment in the deal...........I traded a real nice mousehole anvil to him for some of those dies......another happy ending for both parties in the deal..........

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