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Old 10-12-2018, 07:50 AM
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Default Cengar Air Planisher Planishing Hammer

Hi folks. Due to a workshop downsize, I'm having a bit of a clear out. Up for grabs is my Cengar Air Operated Planisher. It's in remarkably good condition and has had very little use. It works great and is surprisingly powerful - although it can be turned down to work on light gauge material. It comes in all original packing including manual, packing slip etc. Not sure of vintage, but the car featured in the manual looks very 1930's so I'd date it 1930 - 1950's.

It has a 22 inch throat depth and could quite easily be stand mounted with a little bit of fabrication.

I'm not sure what it's worth really, but I'll start the ball rolling at 500 (Sterling). I can arrange shipping within the UK no problem. If the price is too high, I'm sure people will put me straight.

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Old 10-12-2018, 07:53 AM
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Old 10-12-2018, 11:03 AM
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Wow, in the original crate? Price seems MORE than fair.
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Old 10-12-2018, 04:19 PM
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Very interesting Matt. I was given one of these in the 1970s when I had a garage/bodyshop. But don't think I ever used it. It got sold for peanuts when I decided it was easier to work for someone else.
I'm tempted to give it a go again and see what I was missing, now I know a bit more about metalshaping.
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Old 10-13-2018, 10:15 AM
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I had the same hammer about 15 years ago but mine was painted bright green and definitely sold under a different brand name which totally escapes me at the moment. The only difference I can see is mine had a pivoting lower die holder that allowed you to swing the die 90 degrees away from the throat opening, possibly for removing the hammer from a flanged panel ??? Someone is selling lower dies for that hammer on eBay right now…….. search “vintage auto body dolly” if interested. You’ve got a real piece of collision shop history there . ~ John Buchtenkirch
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Old 10-13-2018, 10:41 AM
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John, this Hammer has the lower 90 degree swing out too. In one of the pictures you can just make out part of the lock out mechanism
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Old 10-13-2018, 05:39 PM
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Beautiful thing. It did sleep somewhere and awaits exposure in the museum.
I really like it.

In 10 years it will also disappear information about it from the mobile phones that everyone now holds unnecessarily in their hands.
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Old 10-14-2018, 09:07 AM
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That Cengar Hammer is identical to a Weaver Brothers hammer. Interesting to know who made them and who branded them. I have some Cengar air saws and they are by far the best pneumatic reciprocating saw made.



Cengar certainly have the wherewithal to produce a unit like this but I would think if they did it would be done with a little more finesse. Compared to other Cengar products it is a bit of a club. Also seems that the planishing hammer was more the domain of the US body repair methods. That would make Weaver Bros. the creator? Maybe it is a "chicken and egg" thing? Maybe one was made under license from the other ?



Either way a great unit with factory case ready for some 14ga.truck fenders !
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Old 10-14-2018, 02:19 PM
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That Cengar Hammer is identical to a Weaver Brothers hammer. Interesting to know who made them and who branded them. I have some Cengar air saws and they are by far the best pneumatic reciprocating saw made.



Cengar certainly have the wherewithal to produce a unit like this but I would think if they did it would be done with a little more finesse. Compared to other Cengar products it is a bit of a club. Also seems that the planishing hammer was more the domain of the US body repair methods. That would make Weaver Bros. the creator? Maybe it is a "chicken and egg" thing? Maybe one was made under license from the other ?


Either way a great unit with factory case ready for some 14ga.truck fenders !

Yo Rick,
Now I see the Weaver in this unit..... yeh, 14ga is right on.

Many's the time the developer went to a manufacturer for production runs, only to have the mfr enter into direct selling later on - under their own label.
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Old 10-16-2018, 06:08 AM
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Hi folks. I've had quite a few overseas enquiries on this Planisher asking whether I can ship abroad. eBay offers an international shipping program, which is hassle free for both buyer and seller, so I've decided to list it.

Here's a link to the ad: (admin, I hope this is ok?)

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F232964781456
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