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Old 03-26-2006, 03:07:32 PM
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Picked up these two items from a vendor at the Lions Super Duper Flea Market in Saskatoon yesterday. Vendor didn't know what they were for and I'm not sure myself. The brass key looks similar to one used for winding the mainspring on an old clock but larger. I'm assuming the other piece is the head for some sort of torch but don't think I've ever come across one of these before. Any ideas of what I have here?

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Old 03-26-2006, 03:11:40 PM
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Is that smaller one a key for a hosebib, perhaps??
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Old 03-26-2006, 03:24:16 PM
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If the key has an about 1/4 to 3/8 square hole in it, it is a hose bib key (valve key) The other item looks like a gas welders torch (oxy-acetylene) It is made for brazing and welding only - not cutting.
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Y'know, acetylene tanks have valves that take a key like that, too.
Do you think????
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Brass key has 1/4" square tip and one handle has approx. 5/16" square socket. Opposite end has round hole .385 dia. with approx. 1/8" extension into the hole.

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HiBill
The item that looks like a torch is small air hammer it should have a Hasting (piston ring co. ) name on it. It was used to expand the skirts of aluminum pistons back in the early 40s. It would hammer very fast and lightly on the inside of the skirt of the piston expanding them for a better fit. I used one many times during the war years because new parts weren't available. I still have one and use it to peen over small pin ends on some of the model engines I make. Handy little tool.
You might not believe this is what this tool is for but is true.
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Dave,

Thanks for your reply. I couldn't find a name on the tool anywhere, only Pat. Pend. stamped on one side of the housing forming the 90 degree angle for the tip. There is a rounded pin protruding from the tip so believe you are right.
I tried depressing this pin but appears to be rusted tight. Will try soaking it in some penetrating oil to see if I can free it up. Do you know if there should be a spring between the plunger pin and the cap that holds it on the handle or does the air work it both ways?

Thanks to others who replied as well.

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Bill, I dont think there is a spring in it. The piece where the pin is should unscrew off for cleaning, it has a very fine thread. I will take mine apart and check it and will let you know what I find. Years ago we had a regulator on the air line and operated between 40 and 80 PSI. You had to be careful using it because it was capable of cracking the skirt.
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Dave,

Got the air hammer apart this morning as per the photo below. There's still a small screen in the handle next to the shut off valve that I left in place. Imagine that was to keep the piece of felt that I dug out from getting into the shut off valve. Suspect the felt was to retain oil to lubricate the pin that slides up in down the housing. Now I just need to put it back together and go down to the shop to find a hose adapter and plug it into an air line and test it out.

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Success!! Plugged the air hammer into an airline in series with a regulator to cut the pressure down and sounds something like a big bumble bee. Higher the pressure the faster she runs. Now just to figure out where I might use it!!

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Hi Bill
I see I am a little late on my reply. As I read you have the hammer working ,a neet little tool but not very useful.As I said I do use mine to peen the end of some small brass pins on some of my models, I ground the point sharper and it does work.
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Dave,

Thanks for posting the pictures of your air hammer. It appears to be identical to mine but mine doesn't have anything to identify the manufacturer. I've been looking for any additional information that I can find such as when they were first made and what they would have cost back then etc. No luck so far.

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