Jacob Elmslie
I am getting pretty close to having a shed turned into a hot shop for hot metal work and then using a garage for powered tool storage. 

right now I have found a reasonable, maybe even great deal on a self made treadle hammer made using the ABANA plans. Its about 300 usd. This seems like a great starting hammer (even though I would have to add a hardy hole and do some modifications to add tooling)  (can people use this for forge welding billets?)

but the absolute dream I want to save up for is a 8-10 ton fly/ screw press. These are amazing and versatile and I love the control one can achieve. 

the question I have is, with getting the treadle hammer, is that something I would out grow or would I still find use out of it once I eventually saved for a fly press?


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jmccustomknives
They both have uses, albeit somewhat different.  Your not going to move a lot of metal with either.  I have a treadle hammer, and use it for punching holes and setting recasso's, that's about all it's good for.  yes, you could set a weld with it but not as efficiently as with a hammer.  

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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