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Jim Claar Power Hammer

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Published on Sep 30, 2013

This is Jim Claar's new power hammer. It is a 1500 lbs hammer that is operated by an 18hp lawnmower engine. The arm operating the hammer head uses two truck air bags to generate a whipping action. As such, the force with which the hammer hits the anvil is quite a bit larger than 1500 lbs. Jim has been thinking about the design for this hammer for over a decade. Everything Jim builds is well thought out and advances the state of the art. This hammer is no exception. It is easily adjustable in many ways - among others, you can adjust for the height of the piece by operating a simple lever. This hammer is so massive, it will destroy a railroad spike in a stroke or two, as a matter of fact, it shakes the entire building. Yet, if you easy off the gas pedal, you are able to gently touch the piece you are working on. I apologize for the quality of the video. When his wife said that there was something he worked on that he wanted to show me, I should have picked up my good camera. In any case the best video in the world will not do justice to this hammer, you just have to see it in action. If you live in Indiana, give Jim a call and see when he is around to give you tour of the hammer - it is well worth your time.

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