The Badger Blacksmiths club met at my place (in western WI, USA) two weeks ago and I was the main demonstrator. This email's subject was the topic.
I demonstrated the old style Gade-Marx Treadle hammer, the Little Giant50# Trip Hammer and the "Poor Man's Hydraulic Press".
----And, of course, a bunch of tooling for each.
It got me thinking. As many of you know, I still make the old "Gade Marx" treadle hammer plans available because It think it is elegant in its simplicity. Anyway, the question for the day:
For you folks who do use treadle hammers, how about telling us:
-which style you have,
-how you use it,
-why you chose the style you did,
-and what would be your advice to folks considering getting one.