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DarrenSwerid
04-03-2012, 01:23 PM
Would this be a decent Anvil (http://www.princessauto.com/pal/product/3460028/Anvils/24-lb-Cast-Iron-Anvil) to start with? Comments and suggestions appriceated. Need something solid to WHACK bolsters into place :D

Marko Tsourkan
04-03-2012, 01:28 PM
Would this be a decent Anvil (http://www.princessauto.com/pal/product/3460028/Anvils/24-lb-Cast-Iron-Anvil) to start with? Comments and suggestions appriceated. Need something solid to WHACK bolsters into place :D

A good starter would be about 75-100LB

DarrenSwerid
04-03-2012, 02:51 PM
So more like this one (http://www.princessauto.com/pal/product/3430061/Anvils/75-lb-Cast-Steel-Anvil). Thanks Marko! :)

Marko Tsourkan
04-03-2012, 02:58 PM
If you can find an old one locally, I would go for that instead. You will get a better quality with an old one and probably a larger on too. :)

M

Don Nguyen
04-03-2012, 03:06 PM
The first one you posted is also Cast Iron. It would be more of an Anvil-Shaped-Object, rather than an anvil.

PierreRodrigue
04-03-2012, 03:08 PM
Check around at farm auctions, and scrap yards. I got mine at a scrap yard. 125 pound ACME circa 1907 for $100. Still looking for a bigger one. :D

Delbert Ealy
04-03-2012, 04:01 PM
For what you want forget about the cast iron ones, the dent way to easily and absorb most of your force.
Go to a local scrapyard and look around, you may not find an anvil, but a good solid chunk of steel with a flat face will do you fine.
You may be able to get something for scrap prices, which would be heavier and less expensive.
Del

tgraypots
04-03-2012, 04:46 PM
I poured 80# of concrete around the angle part of a forklift fork yesterday. I don't plan on doing a lot of forging, but think this will serve my needs well. A local forklift repair shop gave me the fork, and the quikcrete was $7.00.

http://getfile2.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2012-04-03/istygkzvInarGEbIzcBHgtBHjedwAmHtJksFtJyBdnDjyIzixg xBsnqcmEaC/4-3-12anvil.jpg.scaled1000.jpg

DarrenSwerid
04-03-2012, 04:53 PM
I was looking on kijiji.ca and used ones were going for around $400. That's out of my budget right now. I'll take a look for a scrap yard and see if I can find an old piece of railroad rail or something 'Anvil' like.

Thanks for all the advice guys!

kazeryu
04-04-2012, 01:37 PM
Discount cast iron anvil will probably be lumpy too, so you would need something big enough to flatten it first. After that you'd need a bucket of one of those "cold" case-hardening products. And it still wouldn't be a very good anvil.

Dave Martell
04-04-2012, 02:45 PM
Do you have Craigslist in Canada? I bought a 300lb Fisher, that I found right here in my town, off of CL.

DarrenSwerid
04-04-2012, 11:13 PM
I just looked and yes there is a craigslist here. Nada. I'll keep my eyes open.

DarrenSwerid
04-13-2012, 12:46 PM
I came across this Rigid Anvil (http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/Forged-Anvils/index.htm) and it states that it is made from Drop-Forged? Is that the same thing as Cast? I found a Canadian supplier that sells a 77 lbs one for $710. Something to save for.

Twistington
04-13-2012, 01:21 PM
I came across this Rigid Anvil (http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/Forged-Anvils/index.htm) and it states that it is made from Drop-Forged? Is that the same thing as Cast? I found a Canadian supplier that sells a 77 lbs one for $710. Something to save for.

Check the wikipedia entry on "Forging".

DarrenSwerid
04-13-2012, 01:32 PM
Actually I did read the wikipedia entry on Forging and was unsure if Drop-Forging gives a steel product or a product like Cast-iron. I was looking for some clarification from the knowledgeable members here.

ajhuff
04-13-2012, 01:48 PM
Drop forged would mean it is steel not cast iron.

-AJ

PierreRodrigue
04-13-2012, 09:54 PM
Darren, check Kijiji Alberta, there are a couple 150 lb anvils fo $300 or less. One in Calgary.

Dave Martell
04-13-2012, 10:00 PM
I don't think that a 77lb Rigid for $700 is a good deal, actually sounds bad to me.

Look for old used anvils from Fisher, Peter Wright, Trenton, Mousehole, HayBudden, etc. Paying about $2 per lb is a decent deal but if the anvil is pristine and big (300lb+) expect to pay up to twice that.

DarrenSwerid
04-14-2012, 01:03 AM
Thank you AJ, Pierre and Dave! I'll keep this all in mind.


Darren, check Kijiji Alberta, there are a couple 150 lb anvils fo $300 or less. One in Calgary.

I have been checking kijiji, but haven't since monday. There's a few new ads I hadn't seen before. I might have to go return all the empties I got laying around and get some cash together. :wink:

I did find some abandoned railroad track rails behind my finace's office..... :idea: But they are full length pieces.

ajhuff
04-14-2012, 01:14 AM
My dad has one made out of rail road track. It was my great grandfather's who made it. About 18" long I think. I should have taken a picture when I was at his house this week.

-AJ

Bishopmaker
04-16-2012, 09:53 PM
Ive been hunting for a good one myself.

Diamond G
05-30-2012, 01:11 AM
Ive used a piece of 4"x5" of I think D-2 that a guy had at a hammer in, It was sunk in a bucket of packed sand. I was amazed at how well it worked! He stated he got the bar from a scrap yard for $30. Might be worth checking your local scrap yard for a suitable size piece. Workd very well and although not "anvil shaped" was really nice to work on. Just a thought. Think Tai Goo uses a similar set up might check his site for ideas.

God Bless
Mike