Svedbro Smide Wrecking Bars

SvedeBro Smide Logo - Black

Svedbro Smide is a family-owned production company located in Gnarp, Hälsingland.

The company’s history begins at the end of the 19th century with the blacksmith Gustav Tiderman, who in 1878 a waterfall forge in Svedbro, at Annån that crosses the road between Gnarp and Bergsjö, about a mile from the village gränsfors.

During the more than 100 years that the company has existed, we have built up a business around forging production and forging knowledge, with a focus on quality and environmental responsibility.

Grinding Tove Bar
Man grinding Tove bar on wheel.

RESPONSIBLY MADE IN SWEDEN

All of our wrecking bars are made in our forge in Gnarp, Hälsingland. When you buy a wrecking bar from us, you know that it was made by people with Swedish market wages, good working conditions and other rights that you who buy the wrecking bar take for granted.

Our core values:
● Take care of our employees – they are at the heart of our production.

● The products we produce should fulfil a unique function where high quality and application are always in focus.

● Manufacture in a way that protects our environment, without unnecessary consumption of nature’s resources.

Svedbro Forging is part of a small family-owned group of companies and has three sister companies – Woolpower, Gränsfors Bruk and Wetterlings. All companies have their production in Sweden and work on the same core values in quality and sustainability. You can read more about our sister companies here.

Stamped Blue Tove Bar

MANUFACTURE

All of the wrecking bars produced at Svedbro Forging are hand-forged. The wrecking bar is only as good as the blacksmith who crafts it. Our smiths are highly trained and take great pride in their work. The hand forged wrecking bar is a guarantee of the blacksmith’s professional skills and the quality of the bar. All chords have been removed and our blacksmiths can thus spend more time forging a good wrecking bar, resulting in no unnecessary post-work being needed. Post-work that is otherwise usually done to hide flaws in the forging itself. At Svedbro Smide, the blacksmiths spend their time forging so no post-work is needed because there are no flaws to hide.

FORGING AND ROUGH GRINDING

Our wrecking bars are created from a special alloy spring steel which is heated to about 2192°F. When heated, the steel glows with a beautiful red-yellow color. The blacksmith quickly and skillfully handles the warm, glowing steel and waltzes it out to octagonal bars. When the bars are ready, the steel is heated once again so that the blacksmith can forge the hoof extract and chisel. The steel bar is then hung up for swallowing. Once the steel has cooled, the hoof extract and chisel part are roughened and then heated once more so that the blacksmith can bend out the swan neck.

Smith Forging Tove Bar

The vintage forging press beats at about 80 beats per minute, with each stroke having a pressing force of about 180 tons. The blacksmith concludes their forging process by stamping the Svedbro Smide’s signature under the nail pull on the wrecking bard. The signature conveys a message that the wrecking bar is well made and approved for us. The approved wrecking bar is then hung up to cure.

CURING, DRUMMING AND GRINDING

After the wrecking bar is forged, each bar is hardened by heating to about 1580°F and then quickly cooled in cold water. The switch in temperature causes the steel to become even harder. It is important that the entire wrecking bar is hardened because it strengthens the springy property of the bar. A springy feature in the wrecking bar provides a better strength for the user. Svedbro Smide only uses cooling in water (not oil or lead) as it is the most environmentally friendly option.

Once the wrecking bar has cooled off, a quality check of the crowbar is also carried out to ensure that there is no cracking in the steel, and that the forging and hardening processes have been done correctly so that the wrecking bar is up to par and ready for the drumming process.

The next step in the process is Drumming. Our drumming process removes any forging slag that may have appeared on the surface of the wrecking bar at the forging and clears the surface to allow it withstand rust better. After drumming, the hardness of the steel is checked to ensure that it is neither too hard nor too soft.

The last step is the grinding process. The wrecking bar’s hoof extract and chisel part are sanded and polished till they shine. It is of great importance that the chisel parts and the hoof extract are properly sanded. The two ends of the wrecking bar should be thinly ground and have wide, polished construction surfaces to get under boards while minimizing damage to the surface that forms breakage support. The nail pull shall have a distinct V shape with angles that shall provide a high ability to pull out nails of varying size and head shape. Finally, the wrecking bar is painted with our signature blue color.

Tove Bars on Rack

QUALITY CONTROL

All wrecking bars are quality checked before they leave the factory to make sure that there are no faults on the bar. All SvedBro Smide wrecking bars have a 20 year guarantee.


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