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12/10/2017 12:58:09 AM
View user profile for David Hammer
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Origins of the Cricket

Thanks for your interest in the Cricket.  It has been an experiment for me.  My initial efforts were to learn how an air hammer Air Circuit works, followed by building a small air hammer to apply that knowledge.

It's been quite a journey...  Over a year of effort now.  

I started posting to Facebook about it when I started working on the hammer in April (2017). 

There was a fair amount of interest in the hammer because it is small and easy to build, so I decided to share what I learned.

I'm happy to answer any questions on Facebook, this forum or inquires sent through the Contact link.

 

2/1/2018 9:34:07 AM
View user profile for GBrackett
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Re: Origins of the Cricket

What is the foot print dimension of the unit, and its height requirementd? My shop is very small with a lot of electrical power, but space is of concern in it. Thank you!
2/1/2018 12:41:26 PM
View user profile for David Hammer
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Re: Origins of the Cricket

The footprint of the original Cricket is only 13 by 15 inches....  plus the room the treadle takes.  It needs to be bolted down so it doesn't move around, so about 3 inches need to be added to one of those numbers (for angle iron).    

The original Cricket is only 53 inches tall, but when you make yours, you may want it a few inches taller to get the forging level where you want it.

This is a build it yourself hammer so you can pretty much make it the size you want it.  

The reason the original Cricket is the size it is.....   is because those were the materials I had on hand to build it.

 

 

 

 

2/1/2018 4:43:45 PM
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Re: Origins of the Cricket

That size with the foot control would fit exactly where I currently have my air assisted bottle jack press. I would just have to give the bottle jack one away to a beginner. It has 4 sets of 2x4 dies I made for it two. Thank you for your help, and putting this information out for use to use. If it is OK I would like to post this in my other groups. Regards, George
2/1/2018 5:40:40 PM
View user profile for David Hammer
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Re: Origins of the Cricket

You are welcome to share all for others to see.

2/1/2018 9:22:15 PM
View user profile for GBrackett
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Re: Origins of the Cricket

Thank you I will tomorrow. Goodnight!
4/6/2019 6:34:51 PM
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Re: Origins of the Cricket

new to your forum--am interested in building you cricket--would like to come and visit--is that possible? my website is

www.evenandmary.com

i was also in Vietnam--check out 

http://www.evanandmary.com/540257/stories/

4/7/2019 8:58:28 PM
View user profile for David Hammer
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Re: Origins of the Cricket

Evan....  I replied with an email...

 

4/7/2019 10:28:26 PM
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Re: Origins of the Cricket

David--got an e-mail but not sure it was directly from you--it just says that you sent an e-mail--haven't gotten one directly from you yet--I know it's a lot to ask but if you don't want to give me a phone number could you call or text me so that we can talk ?--my phone number is 956-235-8910

thanks Evan

7/14/2019 3:39:41 PM
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Re: Origins of the Cricket

Hello, New to the page and the Cricket site. Has anyone beside the creator (Dave) built one of these hammers yet? Dave you sound to me like a brain, I am not. In watching some of the video's when you begin to talk about parts and air circuits I find I don't have a clue what your talking about. I may be able to figure things out but just want to make sure it is doable by the average guy. I am a jack of all trades master of none kind of guy and would love to own one of these as I am handycapped to a point and getting worse. I love to forge but am limited in what I can do anymore.If it is possible for me to build I will. I have searched the web high and low to find someone who builds and sells a table top hammer as I am very limited in space (very small 1 car garage) I have not found anyone who sells a table top so it looks like I am stuck making one. Can you tell me how difficult it is to do? Is it something the average Joe can build? Would love to know how many people have built one from your plans if you know.