I'll be joining ARBANA in 2 weeks and I understand they have plans for alot of shop tools one can construct. But for now I am wondering what a good weight for the head of a foot operated trip hammer would be? This is for hobbist use only and not for heavy iron. I am considering making such a foot operated hammer now, that in the future can be modified to be powered like the Rusty Appalachian hammer with the spring walking beam. The ones (heads) I see on TV (Modern Masters) seem to be about 6 inches square by 12-14 inches tall and look pretty heavy. I wouldn't want to end up powering something that heavy.. I think 35 - 50 pounds would be ok for a 'Rusty' hammer. I plan to use the vertical slide / spring walking beam, instead of the parallelogram hinge arrangement seen on trip hammers. This would be easiest to modify to power.
16 years ago