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Volume 32 - Page 2 of 9 March 25, 2004
Changes in the Power Hammer World
Big BLU Price Change, Bull Hammers Defunct, NEW Iron Kiss Hammer
Which BLU do you have? Click for more Big BLU price increase 

The price of the Old Blue, Big BLU and Big BLU QC have been under $4,000 US since the earliest models. When these hammers were compared to others in our 1998 review they were the best buy per pound of any hammer on the market. Recent increases in steel prices have forced the price increase, not the recent improvements.

The $500 price increase will take effect after the July ABANA conference in Richmond KY.

LEFT: The three models. Click for details
Original Bull and 125 Bull Hammers defunct

The demise of Bull Hammers is a long sad story. The original owner and designer of the Bull hammer line, Tom Troszak lost control of his company to Vincent Venegoni who offered to invest in the company and instead took over the company forcing out co-owners Tom Troszak and Denise Mills by questionable means. What was supposed to be a bailout became a lockout in February of 2003.

Recently, Venegoni and the new operators of the company closed down without notice, owing all their suppliers and advertisers (including us). Their web page is still posted claiming "hammers in inventory" while in reality the company is gone.

Tom Troszak continues to design and build custom machinery including power hammers.

LEFT: The original Bull and the Bull 125
Iron Kiss 85

Iron Kiss 85
As seen at the Boone Hammerfest

Contact jolarson @ comcast.net
The Iron Kiss 85:

Yet another new air hammer hits the market. Those of you that read KeenJunk are probably familiar with this hammer built by John Larson.

The Iron Kiss is being manufactured under the name Iron Kiss Hammers, LLC in three ram weights, 85, 115 and 160. Respectively the machines weigh 2800, 3300 and 4500 pounds.

Specs on the 85 are:
  • Ram 85 pound, solid round
  • Weight 2800 pounds
  • Anvil 1300 pounds
  • 15:1 anvil ratio
  • 4.5" x 2.5" SAE 4140 Dies
  • Dovetailed dies and sow block
  • Adjustable stroke 0 - 9"
  • 275 BPM
  • $3,750 shipping and taxes
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