I bought a Badeco Hammer Hand piece and wondered if it is possible
to adapt some of the mallets/points to different shapes. If so, how
would you do it? Also, are there other brands of mallets/points
that work with Badeco hand pieces?
Of course you can reshape them. The “blank” point sold with the
hammer is unhardened, so you can reshape it easily. Sanding disks are
a quick way, or files, emery sticks, grinding wheels, etc, you name
it. They’re just good quality tool steel, nothing exotic. When done,
if you’ve made a smaller size point, it will hold up better if you
harden the end. Heat the end, not the whole tip, to cherry red and
quench. Clean it, Then heat, from the back, till the end turns yellow
to dark yellow. That leaves the end hard, but the bulk of the point
softer and tougher.
I’ve also seen people solder a small bit of carbide to the end, and
shape that, for a really durable hammer tip.
Also, you can buy tips not just in the plain blank style, but also
preshaped by Badeco in about a dozen different shapes and sizes. They
cost a bit more that way, but the available shapes are useful ones,
and are already properly hardened.
Some, but not all, of the tips sold for other brands of hammer will
interchangeably fit the Badeco too. The catalogs I’ve seen generally
mention if a tip sold seperately will fit other than the original
brand of hammer. I think the fordom ones fit, if I recall…