The trip hammer was made to help Morris with his work.
At that time, the trip hammer was removed from his shop and left under a tree to deteriorate.
He retrieved his dad's trip hammer and he and co-worker Thomas Gant replaced parts that had been removed and restored it to working order.
CUTLINE: (1AND 2) Joe Lambert of Athol works on a piece of metal at the trip hammer
Although the Little Giant trip hammer (or "power hammer" as they were often called) was a popular brand in the early 20th century, it was by no means the first.
Upon further research, I discovered that the Chinese had trip hammers in 200 B.C.
Though trip hammer sales continued strong, the tractor and other projects had seriously diverted income and focus from hammer production.
Fazendin retained only Little Giant trip hammers and the foundry, which produced plumbing fittings, castings and supplies.
During a period of increased mechanization in the years leading to World War II, the demand for trip hammers soared.
Root had who developed better trip hammers
and the associated dies to shape metal, as well as a machine to punch eyes through the heads.
"When Little Giant ceased production of trip hammers
, Sid Suedmeier of Nebraska City, Neb., was authorized to make replacement parts," Bob says.