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Power hammer

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:19 pm
by Phillip5505
I'm looking for info on little giant power hammers my local historical society has 3 in a small blacksmith building and they are looking for info and prices to possibly sell one or 2 and I was asked for help 2 of them are little giants and the other I am not shure of any information sources would be great

Thanks Phil

Re: Power hammer

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:22 pm
by Phillip5505
This one I don't know
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Re: Power hammer

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:47 pm
by Martin Pansch
Hi Phil,

Power hammer prices are fairly high right now due The he surge in interest from Forged in Fire. I’ve heard of some truly stupid prices being paid. Still, much depends on condition. The further it is from being “plug and play” the less money you’ll get and the smaller the buyer pool, not everyone is capable or interested in rebuilding a hammer. With the few photos you posted no one would be able to hazard an accurate guess. Conditions of the dies, whether the guides are worn out, whether the Babbitt is shot, broken springs or toggle arms, etc are all signs that you are selling a project versus a tool. Cracks in the cast iron, depending on size and location, could mean you are selling a lawn ornament versus a project.

I’ll look up the Novelty Iron Works I’m Pounding Out the Profits when I get home. I don’t recall seeing one of those either but I was surprised at how many manufacturers there where beyond the handful of big names.

You can contact Little Giant in Nebraska with the serial number and they can tell you when it was made and who it was sold to as well as addressing rehabbing it. They might be able to advise on the market for them too.