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What do I use my air hammer for?

I bought an air hammer at Harbor Freight for $15 to remove a wooden laminate floor in a small kitchen and foyer area at my sister's Condo. It worked well. Now what can I use it for? And how? Around the house, cars, mowers, blowers? Can I use it to unfreeze a rusted auger? Stuck wheels that are rusted/frozen? I have an impact gun, acet-oxy torch, a puller then I made an adapter to pull off frozen rusted wheels.

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There are many uses for an air hammer.

Check out this link to Garage journal thread--> https://www.garagejournal.com/forum/...ad.php?t=51694

Hope this helps.

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GMorning JL, I've used my air hammer with a hammer head shank to help free up frozen augers. After removing shear pins and a liberal coat of penetrating oil. I'll run the hammer along the shaft. Rotate augers 90* and repeat. After 1 complete revolution, many times they will break free. If not, try heat & repeat. Pretty effective.

What 'adapter' are you using for rusty wheels? Got any pix of it??

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I've used mine to push the impeller shaft out of the bearing to get the whole shebang out of the bucket so I could replace the bearings from 1980 with some fresh 2019 stock. Get a pickle fork or tuning fork and used it whenever I replace ball joints on a vehicle, or leave the nut on slightly and use the hammer or punch on the underside of the ball joint threaded shaft to push it out.


It's one of those tools that doesn't get used often but sure is handy when you do need it! According to my wife, 3/4 of my tools should be donated to goodwill because I don't use them often enough...
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It's one of those tools that doesn't get used often but sure is handy when you do need it! According to my wife, 3/4 of my tools should be donated to goodwill because I don't use them often enough...
That's funny. Many of us can relate to that. But when she needs something done, I have the tool. I have tools I have not used for 45 years, which I really should sell.

1986 Ariens ST522, 5hp, 22"
1995 Murray Craftsman 10hp, 29" w. 12" impeller
A 1983 Real John Deere 10hp, 32" w. 12" impeller, 16" auger, 20" high front, cast iron gear box, chains
Noma 9hp, 27" w. 12" impeller
Noma 5hp, 24" w. 12" impeller, 20" high front
Gravely Convertible, 12hp Kohler cast iron, 26" width, 600 lbs of cast iron & steel, 2 speed impeller, 4 ground speeds
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I've used my air hammer with a hammer head shank to help free up frozen augers. After removing shear pins and a liberal coat of penetrating oil. I'll run the hammer along the shaft. Rotate augers 90* and repeat. After 1 complete revolution, many times they will break free. If not, try heat & repeat. Pretty effective.
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I went online and saw the words straight punch and smoothing hammer so I'm assuming it's the smoothing hammer you are using. I can buy both, more tools, Whoopee! but if I only had the punch, would there be a good chance I'd make dents along the auger shaft?

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What 'adapter' are you using for rusty wheels?
I do want to post pictures and do a video but have not had the time yet. It works really well but there are times it needs heat at the axle. I'm using a "slotted" puller head with threaded rod on each end through the slots that goes through 2 pieces of angle iron which fit behind the deflated! tire's wheel. The threaded bolt center of the puller then pulls against the axle. You then apply pressure by turning the hex head of the puller with a socket or impact gun. You can use penetrant and let the pressure sit for days if you choose, applying a turn every few hours until it "pops".

With this puller I've made adapters to fit different situations, flywheels, ....

1986 Ariens ST522, 5hp, 22"
1995 Murray Craftsman 10hp, 29" w. 12" impeller
A 1983 Real John Deere 10hp, 32" w. 12" impeller, 16" auger, 20" high front, cast iron gear box, chains
Noma 9hp, 27" w. 12" impeller
Noma 5hp, 24" w. 12" impeller, 20" high front
Gravely Convertible, 12hp Kohler cast iron, 26" width, 600 lbs of cast iron & steel, 2 speed impeller, 4 ground speeds
Dynamark 8hp, 26", 12" impeller, for sale
Several other 5hp, 8hp, several 2 cycle, all for sale
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You are correct, I use the smoothing Hammer Head. I have a large asst of attachments & a heavy Snap-On Gun. It packs quite a punch. Very fast at full air pressure... more of a Jack Hammer. Tricky to keep on the tube, but very effective.

Another trick I learned on the TroyBilt Tiller Forum, to remove frozen wheels, is to weld a 3/4" fine Gr 8 nut to the end of the wheel. A long corresponding bolt threaded into the nut provides the force on the end of the axle. Heat can be applied to the wheel tube (WITH TIRE REMOVED!!) to pull the wheel.

Being a Reformed Truck and Auto Mechanic, I have thousands of tools that I no longer use daily.... But I'll let my kids scrap them when I'm gone

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I bought a riveting air hammer off of HF a few years back (for an old aluminum StarCraft boat) which allows you to ease into the chaos.

in addition to what's already been mentioned, excellent for removing and installing roll-pins as well as setting welch plugs in carbs.


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You are correct, I use the smoothing Hammer Head. I have a large asst of attachments & a heavy Snap-On Gun. It packs quite a punch. Very fast at full air pressure... more of a Jack Hammer. Tricky to keep on the tube, but very effective.
GLuck, Jay

Not sure if it will work for you but.. back when I was a machinist running a lathe making screws for plastic injection machines... Well once you start taking large amounts of metal off to meet the minor diameter of 3" while the tops of the flights are still out to 6" then occasionally one ends up relieving stresses in the metal and it requires straightening. Sometimes I'd take a portable hydraulic ram and a oxy acetylene torch with a rosebud tip and head the metal to orange and bend it into submission or I'd take the pneumatic peener and hit it between screw flights to pull it back into spec, all depending on the metal and finished specs. We had something that looked like an air hammer but it was an inline tool and not the pistol grip style, had a 1" shaft with a rounded over bar of carbide along the tip, think machinists maul back end but only an inch tall.

Well you hold peener shaft in your hand with your pointy finger away from you, extend said pointy finger and hook it behind the shaft you're going to peen. With a little practice you can keep the peener from flying off the shaft!!



Yes yes, that's what she said....





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Heat can be applied to the wheel tube (WITH TIRE REMOVED!!) to pull the wheel.
GLuck, Jay

Seen a nice safety video of a truck tire exploding after a machine welded for a short time on the metal rim.




Don't think a snowblower tire will be quite as dramatic but still..
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WOW,,,,,That's impressive. The first time I tried warming up a wheel with the tire on, BUT the valve core removed, it sounded like a tea kettle, with hot air & moisture after a minute or so...... That was enough excitement for me. I did not not to be the subject of a safety video.

C/C, That's interesting on the rivet tools. I don't recall seeing those for the air hammer. Although I do have a couple for Roll Pins. I believe they were for the old Subaru FWD Axle roll pins. I may be dating myself, as I think the last time I saw one was on a 1978 Brat.

But I have been looking into the rivet tools mentioned in another post....The one involving the Ariens Differential Rebuild.
The post was pretty clear, but the links just brought up the tool page and a rivet page on eBay. I have been saving old Diffs, waiting for the knowledge and parts to open one up.

Way back there was another post describing rebuilding an Ariens Diff that had a special Spring. The OP had to buy a minimum amount and offered to sell the excess. But he never responded to a PM. Even if I had the spec, I'd just order a bag myself. But again, the link was just a page with a list of springs. I do not know the exact size.

If anybody has that info, I'd spring for the Tools and Springs, as well as the rivets. I'm sure they would pay for themselves after just one rebuild, according to some of the List prices on those Spurred Wonders.

Thanx, Jay
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