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12-21-2014 09:11 AM
timothale
building your own dies

From the UK
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGaaqxUbXv4

I see that he has a lower height adjuster, would work a lot better than the Harbor freight 3 position clicker.
I bought a couple sissor jacks for a buck apiece to use the Acme thread and nut.
ther have been a lot of posts about reworking the HF bead roller but nothing on the planishing hammer other than cBoys repairs, I had to do the same thing to mine after a couple days.
12-20-2014 08:42 PM
timothale
tin man utube

Kent White has a series of Youtube videos on using the planishing hammer, using different forming dies.


https://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt...0hammer%20dies
12-20-2014 11:18 AM
1971BB427 I'm glad this thread was brought back into the rotation, as I missed it previously! That's a clever trick with the HF hammer hanging from an engine hoist to work as a portable planisher! Since I do very little of this type of work, I think this little HF tool would be a good addition when I get my shop built.
12-20-2014 10:01 AM
tech69 yes, they do some amazing things. I can totally see the point in stopping it from spinning. Thanks for all the advice guys. Once I'm done with my current project my in-between project will be to get my garage up to par, including the p hammer anvils.
12-19-2014 08:17 PM
timothale
beading dies

A few years ago I took the panel fab class, at UVU, they have a street rod, series of classes, I was over 65 and the "grandpa" cost was only $ 100 per semester, The regular students had to pay over $1100. They had a commercial planishing hammer, I don't know the brand, and an assortment of dies. You can do the beading and flanging with the right dies. The lower beading die has a tab welded to it that was held so it wouldn't rotate with a hose clamp. I used it a couple times when the pullmax was booked up . I have started building a smaller "pulmax" type machine out of a heavy cast iron frame from a carton stapling machine, you should be able to copy most of the pullmax type dies.
12-19-2014 05:23 PM
Nonhog
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Originally Posted by tech69 View Post
thanks for that. What are CP dies? I don't think Chicago Pneumatic makes them.
Use to. Hoosier might (can) ? make them.
12-19-2014 05:19 PM
OneMoreTime I just use a shaft that fits the tool and make a head for it and weld it on the shaft... Works fine so far..

Sam
12-19-2014 03:28 PM
tech69 thanks for that. What are CP dies? I don't think Chicago Pneumatic makes them.
12-19-2014 03:16 PM
Nonhog This might be helpful.

Planishing Hammer Dies Adapters

HEATNBEAT on the metal working forums use to make a stretching die.
I think he will again when the time is right. Pretty cool deal. Too bad he is out.
12-19-2014 03:07 PM
tech69 dusting off this thread cause I'm wondering if anyone has found any sources for different shaped anvils that fit the HF P Hammer? I will look and post any info I find but just wonder if someone out there knows of any that will work with it.
08-22-2014 04:37 PM
22george Yea, smarter than the average bear

Great idea

Thanks
08-13-2014 09:08 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by timothale View Post
My son has put a lot of hours on the one in the shop, the dies are now a little rough from some metal sclupture he was doing, I need to spin them in the lathe then re- harden them with some casenite, heres a pict of him working on the Lakester bucket. A 2 X 6 hung from the chain hoist on the gantry crane, some old weight lifting irons on one end to balance it.
cboy , the southworth 4 X 4 lift table is in the left side of the pict and a vise is in the corner slide in. IT retracts into a iron frame sunk into the floor. when it is down the top is level with the floor. the planishing hammer has a steel plate bolted to the base and a 1 " solid bar that fits in the slide - ins.
I love that! Now that is true hot rodding enginuity.

John
08-13-2014 08:45 PM
timothale
Hf planishing hammer

My son has put a lot of hours on the one in the shop, the dies are now a little rough from some metal sclupture he was doing, I need to spin them in the lathe then re- harden them with some casenite, heres a pict of him working on the Lakester bucket. A 2 X 6 hung from the chain hoist on the gantry crane, some old weight lifting irons on one end to balance it.
cboy , the southworth 4 X 4 lift table is in the left side of the pict and a vise is in the corner slide in. IT retracts into a iron frame sunk into the floor. when it is down the top is level with the floor. the planishing hammer has a steel plate bolted to the base and a 1 " solid bar that fits in the slide - ins.
08-13-2014 06:05 PM
cboy
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Originally Posted by Nonhog View Post
... I want to know if you still get use from this tool or if its a dust collector.
At the moment I am not using it, but that has nothing to do with the usefulness of the tool. Since writing my review we moved from WI to CA and I have not started any new car bodies or metal working projects since finishing the sedan delivery. I would still say, for the beginner or the hobbyist, this is a decent tool for the money.
08-13-2014 02:17 PM
tech69 my HF P-hammer is pretty useful for metal shaping. I love it! The only gripe I have is the rubber ball thingy on the bottom interferes in tight areas. not really an issue when you plan accordingly and do things in the right steps so the least important areas are the spots with less access. I would recommend it to anyone doing hobby style metal shaping.

My grizzly bench wheel??? I would NOT recommend that to anyone. I should have gotten the HF one.
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