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    Quote Originally Posted by Nfd538 View Post
    Sledge/halligan combo used at work
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    Boy, when you've got gear like this on hand for forced entry/extrication I guess a 'cute little' tac hawk doesn't serve much purpose.

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    Yeah, you can't really argue with those tools.

    I don't know what you do for a living but for some reason I'm glad you have them, if that makes sense.

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    I vote we make this thread a sticky. Anyone else??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Square_peg View Post
    . . . Add a wedge & feather set and you can split rock.
    ...sets of feathers and wedges:

    Picture from: http://hammerheadstoneworks.com/tag/...-stone/page/2/

    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by 300Six View Post
    Boy, when you've got gear like this on hand for forced entry/extrication I guess a 'cute little' tac hawk doesn't serve much purpose.
    Yes sir that combo is great for forcing doors.


    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_H View Post
    Yeah, you can't really argue with those tools.

    I don't know what you do for a living but for some reason I'm glad you have them, if that makes sense.
    I'm a firefighter and I'm glad I have them too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hickory n steel View Post
    So axes are easier to come by in your area ?
    For me it's hammers.
    I love axes and hammers just as much, but definitely have more use for hammers.
    Don't get me wrong, older quality hammers are hard to come by down here, I pass on a lot of beat to death framing hammers and lath/drywall hatchets. Usually I buy all the axes and hatchets that I come across other than China or Mexico.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RICKOFF View Post
    Don't get me wrong, older quality hammers are hard to come by down here, I pass on a lot of beat to death framing hammers and lath/drywall hatchets. Usually I buy all the axes and hatchets that I come across other than China or Mexico.
    It certainly makes sense that a lot of framing hammers found would be over used.
    They were invited here, and there was such a big housing boom ( I'd think that riggers axes would be real prominent as so many framers used them, but I haven't been able to do d one for myself yet )

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    Hickory, that's what i keep looking for any hatchet with a hammer for a poll.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_H View Post
    Square_peg – do you mind if I ask what you wrap your handle with? Just asking cause I’ve seen it on some of your tools and I know that you use them.
    Just plain old friction tape. Same stuff my father was using 50 years ago. When you use a tool for a prolonged period of time then any energy saved on gripping the tool can be spent on work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RICKOFF View Post
    Agent, funny you should ask I know I've seen it before, at first I thought it was a tool for split tire rims but was wrong it's for a power nailer. missing the rubber cap for the rocket thruster! Ha Ha Ha
    http://www.tools4flooring.com/powern...7ADxoCRCjw_wcB
    I've done a few hardwood floors (not my specialty) and used just exactly those tools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Square_peg View Post
    Add a wedge & feather set and you can split rock.
    Quote Originally Posted by rjdankert View Post
    ...sets of feathers and wedges:

    Picture from: http://hammerheadstoneworks.com/tag/...-stone/page/2/

    Bob
    Thanks for the pic, Bob.

    The feathers are just to help the wedge to slide in easily - not bind against the rock. Set the feathers first then tap the wedge in just snug. Wait 5-10 minutes and tap them again. Repeat until the crack forms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Square_peg View Post
    . . .The feathers are just to help the wedge to slide in easily. . .
    Found this video a couple of weeks ago:



    Screen shots:





    Bob

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    I did not know what a feather set was before this thread. Thank you both.

    Recently I was picking through a place I like to stop at and the owner had a pile of maybe six small wedges and I figured they were for splitting/riving out small pieces of wood. The smaller bent pieces (feathers?) where kind of spread throughout throughout the pile. I thought they were shims for something that was specific to the previous owner or homemade something or others.

    Do they still get used or is there a mechanized equivalent today?

    Trail work where you can't run machinery or rock sculptors/artisans?

    Just kept thinking this set of tools looks like a long, hard day at work for sure:



    I searched "ritzen" from the video on Google, hit images and was sorry...

    Hammer on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_H View Post
    Yeah, you can't really argue with those tools.

    I don't know what you do for a living but for some reason I'm glad you have them, if that makes sense.
    Me too. See the coat at the left?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_H View Post
    Do they still get used or is there a mechanized equivalent today?

    Trail work where you can't run machinery or rock sculptors/artisans?
    They are still used in trailwork. There are places where it would be too difficult to carry in machinery. There are also wilderness areas where combustion engines are prohibited.

    https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment...602/page01.cfm

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    They're also handy for craftsmen, and by individuals who have rocks they'd like to remove but can't do in one piece. Much less expensive for a fellow to get a few sets of those than to invest in a specialized tool he's only going to use a few times.


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    Homesteaders in Upper and Lower Canada in the 1800s couldn't move big boulders out of the cleared forest and cleaved them into smaller pieces by building bonfires on one side of them during the dead of winter. The unseen power of thermal expansion and temperature differential on stone is quite remarkable!

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    At the Shop, we have a now & again stoneworker who brings in worn tools for us to refurbish.
    Also made many wedge & feathers. Lewis Pins too.

    Btw, wedges handy breaking up concrete also,
    But now days drilling it with rotohammer is preferred...

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    I like hammers. All kinds of hammers. This one is a little off topic . Its a 16oz Plumb Autograf tools rip hammer, octagon neck and permabonded handle, probably from the fifties or sixties I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garry3 View Post
    I like hammers. All kinds of hammers. This one is a little off topic . Its a 16oz Plumb Autograf tools rip hammer, octagon neck and permabonded handle, probably from the fifties or sixties I think.

    [IMG][/IMG]
    That's an awesome hammer, I love the versatility of a rip claw vs curved claws.
    I don't know who invented the octagonal neck, but if they were alive today I'd love to shake their hand. An octagonal neck just ads elegance and beauty to a tool that to a lot of people is " just something you bang on shit with "

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