I have two Power Hammers in my shop. Been slowly building dies for it. The Yoder K-90-M is the premier Power Hammer built for bending, forming and planishing light gauge shapes of sheet metal. If you are interested in purchasing a new power hammer, and I will get you in contact with Renato so you can deal with him directly. Everything that you see was made by me here in Vancouver except the bearings. I have stayed in touch with Renato over the years, and several years ago, he decided to build a professional new power hammer. Tooling designs and profiles are endless.
Hello my name is Alex, I am a blacksmith in Oregon and I am looking into building my own power hammer. He is an up and coming metal shaper and has a true love for metal art. This is the industry where helves started from. Products and Logos in this website are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies or mark holders. . I feel certain that the Helve Hammer by design could not do very many things that a power hammer can do such as nibbling, controled shrinking, beading, and such.
Also most of the machines I've seen are designed to operate while standing or are at this height, mine is designed to be seating while working. An alemite fitting which enters upon a generous grease pocket in the frame, provides lubrication to these bearings and a seal in the bearing retainer prevents grease leakage while keeping out dust. After doing some research and trials, I have put together my own helve hammer design. It makes me glad I could spot the flaws in the design. I am wanting to make these hammers not to become a millionaire, but because of how incredibly useful and functional they are in helping other metalshapers. Maybe I need one, and just dont know it yet. Not only that he is nothing short of a genuis when it comes to metalforming.
I believe I have seen you post on metalshapers before but maybe I have the wrong guy. We apologize but we are unable to guarantee lead times on factory-shipped items. A crank disc mounted on the end of the drive shaft actuates the connecting rod; thus reciprocating the upper die block. I would highly recommend this unit for anyone interested in a serious professional machine. With concave dies on the bottom,tuck shrinking is effortless,ruffles can be shrunk as quickly as they form. As the hammer was being finalized to operation, here is a brief description that Renato sent me: All the stationary parts are made of high quality cast iron. I would like to offer the machine at my cost no profit to anyone who would be willing to use it in their garage or shop and provide feedback on the design and function.
If it does break off, it will flail around and could strike or impale the operator. I've built a small anvil power hammer for to texture sheet metal. I fab one off mouldings, channels, park lamp pockets, flanges, trunk openings. The plans provided here are incredible but I am have some difficulties decifering some of the text in the pictures when it comes to the electrical components. In the center of the circle I can punch a hole for the plug up to pretty large sizes. We both agreed that have more documented shop time and usage would be very helpful for insurance gotta love insurance. I can't do this myself, more heads are always better than one.
I've been advised to have full disclaimers as to how the individual uses the machine and any alterations made to it. By changing the pivot point of one of the links, the stroke can be varied. Would your father be willing to communicate with me via email? Also goes to show how much power these hammers have. I'm learning, and would love to be able to put together something like it I do have a background in mechanic work and metal fabrication. This is a very professional machine that will operate with great power and smoothness.
And for the mean time I build my own Helve. I feel certain that the Helve Hammer by design could not do very many things that a power hammer can do such as nibbling, controled shrinking, beading, and such. I am not trying to step on their toes, only learn from them and try improving the hammer. I've been talking with my biz. They have numerous applications, including automotive parts, aerospace and custom sheet metal, and are used extensively in the aerospace industry as well as the build of custom cars and choppers, where perfect balance in a power hammer is desirable. I can already think of quite a few changes, mainly dealing with slop, die holders, and eliminating the pad that holds the rubber or shot bag. You can stretch, dome, and shape complex sheet metal parts for antique cars, hot rods, motorcycles, airplanes, sculptures, etc.
As the design stands, the rear linkage could easily severely injure or kill someone should it break off during use this can, and has happened with similar designs. Would you try out different dies with this miniature power hammer? This machine can do just about anything a Pullmax or Yoder can do, in a 2'x4' footprint heavy forming and planishing, etc. Thanks for reading and I will post pics in a little bit. I agree with the liability issue, and to be honest that is the main reason I haven't sold the other frames I have assembled that and I would like more in shop usage. This newly built hammer takes advantage of the well tested ideas from the past, to withstand the test of time into the future. If you'd like to see my how to forge a rose tutorial, you can visit it here: A few other uses could be how to texture sheet metal for use in art sculptures, copper texturing for jewelry or embossing, or just general metal texturing for use in jewelry making.