I was wanting a bigger press for that 4 inch block. 30 tons spread over 16 inches doesn't go very far. The large dies are reflective of its main general purpose, which is to keep large parts straight as they are being forged out or cold curved on the horizontal press. Its also handy to have a big space to chuck tooling when required. The top die is secured with a 30mm pin welded to the back that bolts tight in the top block. I can drop that out and bolt fixed tooling to the headstock.
Its pretty much ideal for my forgework like that. But for damascus making I can see me investing in a lump of steel for an anvil and have some smaller forging tools and multitools for fullering or laddering. The ram is free turning on it at the moment though and would need to be tethered to a guide to keep small tool die blocks lined up.
Really would be handy to keep that one as it is an have a more powerful faster one set up for forging operations..........money being no object. I'll keep my eye open for a 200 ton forging press on the scrap heap
Johnny, - many many times, often other people have had to inform me that i'm on fire. Actually grinding is usually the main offender. An apron saves allot of T-shirts. Polyester goes up in flames nicely, as i'm sure you Chefs know from catching your sleeves on fire