finding a decent anvil for the shop

Discussion in 'Tools, Procedures, and Testing trouble shooting' started by Grumpy, Nov 3, 2016.

  1. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    I was over a friends shop where he showed me a really nice 500 lb anvil
    (it looks similar to the one in the video)
    he bought at a local yard sale from some older lady , who sold it to him for $300 (what he offered)
    and the promise to remove it from her garage within 48 hours,
    it seems her ex husband had owned it but he passed so she wanted it gone,
    as it was in a corner of the garage and she had no hope of moving it!
    now that it was obvious that he was not going too come get the anvil,
    he had stored there until he got his blacksmith shop rebuilt.
    he had to load it in his truck with his engine crane,
    he was curious to find out its weight,
    so he had his truck weighed with it in the bed then again after he had the truck bed empty.
    looking it over I jokingly offered to give him a quick $100 profit,
    but of course he refused.
    most anvils you see are cast iron (WORTHLESS)
    or far too small and light weight, (under 200 lbs-300 lbs)

    http://www.anvilfire.com/21centbs/Selecting-an-Anvil.php

    http://www.anvilfire.com/article.php?bodyName=/FAQs/anvil-2.htm

    http://www.blksmth.com/Refflinghaus_Anvils.htm

     
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2019
  2. Loves302Chevy

    Loves302Chevy "One test is worth a thousand expert opinions."

    The best ones are made by ACME.

    acme-anvil.jpg
     
  3. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    yeah! that old coyote seems to have more bank safes and anvils fall off mile high cliff faces, onto him, and more defective explosives delivered than any other victim on the planet!
    I wish I was as tough as that old coyote!, he goes through hell and back but still gets up fine no mater what hits him

     
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2016
  4. chromebumpers

    chromebumpers solid fixture here in the forum Staff Member

    I've been watching for a used anvil to turn up in the auctions and CL for the past 17 years. All I ever see are crappy shop vices with a worthless 10 sq inch flat tops and are over priced.
     
  5. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    Last edited: Mar 8, 2019
  6. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    if anyone knows where to find a decent condition used anvil in florida at a decent price would you let me know the price,
    and where It is, as I could darn sure use one if its in reasonable driving distance to west palm beach
    I don,t know if getting something that heavy could be shipped at anything like a reasonable price,
    by the time you pay for shipping and the prices I get quoted the cost I see on decent size new anvils is reaching absurd levels
    Im on a fixed income and while I'm sure theres hundreds of old anvils sitting ignored and neglected ,
    paying the going price I get quoted for a new anvil is out of the question.
     
  7. busterrm

    busterrm solid fixture here in the forum

    Hey here’s an idea, I have not done it yet, I have a short piece railroad iron(track), I plane on using my torch and make it into a anvil!
     
  8. Loves302Chevy

    Loves302Chevy "One test is worth a thousand expert opinions."

    Good idea. Torch a section out of a railroad track. If you choose carefully..................:rolleyes:
     
  9. busterrm

    busterrm solid fixture here in the forum

    Yes, once I cut it out I plan on heating, and quenching with oil those areas that I cut with the torch. Hoping it hardens it some after the torch cuts.
     

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