power hammer tooling?

Gday all,
I was reading the Hammer's Blow, spring 2007 editing today, the article about power hammer tooling. One tool mentioned and pictured
was a "snapper". Can someone explain this tool, its uses, etc. The author was talking about cutting 3/4" bar with a hack and snapper. The hack I understand, I have one, but snapper? Please explain? :)
Regards Rusty_iron, Brisbane, Oz.
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a snapper would be used much like a shear blade. to do quick cut off on the power hammer. have fun, mark
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Gday Mark, I didn't think it would be used that way, the purpose of the hack is to cut steel, but I guess it could be. I certainly don't know. I was wondering if perhaps it was put under the material being cut to protect the die surface from the hack edge, like a cutting plate on an anvil, only this one has a handle on it to let you slip it into positon from a distance.
I'll do more research.
Regards Rusty_iron Brisbane, Oz.
On Feb 11, 6:59 pm, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (Mark Finn) wrote:

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Gday Mark, I stand corrected, it is infact used to do some cutting and shearing, with one edge. Please excuse my ignorance.
Thanks.
Rusty_iron, Brisbane, Oz.
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When cutting off with the hack, you usually cut only about 80% of the way through, so you don't damage the hack's edge (even though it's not real sharp) or mark the lower die. The snapper is then placed on top of the partially cut stock that will become to off-cut. The hammer strikes the snapper and "snaps" the off-cut off.
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