How to Use a Blacksmith Power Hammer
The blacksmith power hammer is a versatile machine that finds use across many activities including upsetting, drawing and punching holes as well as welding, making grooves and twisting.
One has to do proper installation before using the blacksmith power hammer, as per the instructions provided for in the accompanying manual. Before an installation, however, is a look at precautions that must be adhered to which guide on how to use the blacksmith power hammer safely. Some of these include:
- Do not set tools or allow people to lean on the Ram
- Ensure that all persons handling the machine have the proper training to do so and keep off any untrained individuals
- Turning on the air will pop the Ram and for this reason, you should stand clear. You should always turn off the pneumatics when not in use
- Keep your feet off the pedal in between operations and as you place small pieces on the die.
Mount the machine on a reinforced inertia block so that every blow of the blacksmith power hammer is most effective. Concrete and metal plates are viable options for a foundation for the machine. A steel block foundation gives the option of mobility, as the machine can be portable, being away to be moved away by a forklift. It also allows for casting J-bolts for anchorage.
Lubricating the Machine
Always lubricate for proper use of the power hammer. You can use a supply of light hydraulic for lubricating the cylinder guides.
Installing and Removing Dies
To remove a die from the blacksmith power hammer, slowly open the shutoff valve before placing a block of wood between the anvil cap and the ram. In step, close the shut-off valve and open the bleed valve, which will lower the ram. From the operator’s end, drive loose the wedge. In installing a die, you should put it in place with the locating pin and a wedge. You should tighten the wedge before slowly closing the bleed valve and opening the shut-off valve. Once the ram raises, remove the block, close the shutoff valve, and open the bleed valve to lower the ram.
There should be a constant supply of clean and dry compressed air for every use of the blacksmith power hammer. Normal conditions dictate the use of a minimum operation volume limit set at 10 S.C.F.M, with more air requirements in the process of production. There is a receiver near the hammer, fitted with a regulator and oiler, to accumulate this required capacity. The receiver has direct feeding from the tank.
With every use of the blacksmith power hammer, always consider the following:
- When working with repeated blows, raise the hammer only about 6-8 inches, as it should not go to the top of its stroke.
- Anticipate and time the blows and let off the treadle right before each strike, which allows the hammer to bounce off the work.
- Even as you use the blacksmith power hammer, regularly check that the wedges are tight.
There is efficiency in air consumption added to its versatility in application when there is no automatic run cycle. The blacksmith power hammer is a very handy and worthy investment for your workshop. You can now use it as you please since you now know how to use a blacksmith power hammer.