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Recommendations On A Affordable Anvil?

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by Ayden, May 26, 2021.

  1. May 26, 2021
    Ayden

    Ayden Co-Caretaker of Family Jeeps

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    I've been using the anvil part on my vise for a while now and its getting to be too small for me. Any Anvils out there that are relatively inexpensive but still gets the job done?

    Thanks, Ayden
     
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  2. May 26, 2021
    boopiejones

    boopiejones I can’t drive 55

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    I’m very interested in this as well. Was planning on asking for an anvil for Father’s Day. I saw this one at harbor freight, which pound for pound seems like a good deal:

    55 Lb. Rugged Cast Iron Anvil
     
  3. May 26, 2021
    Ayden

    Ayden Co-Caretaker of Family Jeeps

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    I was looking at this one as well, seems like a good deal. I'll keep looking, thanks
     
  4. May 26, 2021
    PeteL

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    No such thing as a cheap and good anvil. That's why antique ones go for hundreds of dollars. A lump of cast iron is just a lump of cast iron, but a good anvil is magical. And a good investment, IMHO.

    Take a ball bearing with you and drop it on the face of the anvil. It should have a bright clean bounce off the face.

    Traditionally a section of railroad track would be pretty handy, but even those are getting a lot of money these days.
     
  5. May 26, 2021
    Ayden

    Ayden Co-Caretaker of Family Jeeps

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    Thanks PeteL, I'll keep that in mind. (y)
     
  6. May 26, 2021
    Dave B

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    When I think of anvil, I immediately picture the blacksmith anvil. Mine is a Peter Wright at 142 pounds. If memory serves correctly, If you drop a ball bearing from a foot above it nearly rebounds a foot . Nice to have, but probably worth $600+ in today's market.

    Some scrounged alternatives--
    1. Commerical/Industrial/Sawmill planer platen. I have an approximately 16" x 16" platen that weighs all I want to lift and it takes a beating.

    2. A home shop jointer. I have a 50 year-old Craftsman jointer/planer that you'd have a hard time giving away though still in fine usable condition. It would take a beating. Way more surface area than a vise.

    3. Couple hunks of steel, one is 4" x 4"- 5" which is highly portable, and a second one that is a 10" round & 2" thick--stays where it is most of the time, off to the side on my welding table. I have seen out & about, BIG "I' beam sections for pounding on.

    4. Railroad track- Mine is 18" long --roughly torch-cut in an anvil shape. Cons: Edges are strong radius/rounded. Top is sloped from train wear, I guess.
     
  7. May 26, 2021
    Mr Vaughan

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    i think we've got one of these, i need to try this out.
     
  8. May 28, 2021
    blalp!

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    I was just at the local steel place earlier this week. They had a pile of cut up railroad track with a sign that said anvils $35.00 each. I almost grabbed one, but my short arms couldn’t reach deep enough into my pockets.:lol:
     
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    Jeepenstein

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  10. May 29, 2021
    PeteL

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    Carry a pair of those around for a while, your arms will stretch.
     
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    89/01 XJ

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    Hmm. I know which of my city streets were paved over long ago covering up railroad and trolley tracks.
    Someone would probably notice me digging up the streets.
     
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  12. May 30, 2021
    Mr.T

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    My grandpa gave me a railroad track anvil 60 years ago and I’ve been beatin’ the **** out of it for 60 years and it’s still going strong with no chips,cracks or dents!
     
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    Alan28

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    I have seen on Alibaba very cheap plastic anvils...
     
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    PeteL

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    Was it the very famous "ACME" brand anvil?

    coyote-3-2.jpg
     
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    Downs

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    I'd start scrounging FB market place and maybe yard and estate sales.
     
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    duffer

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    I have one of HF's older anvils in my garage. VERY SOFT!!!!!! Even setting rivets on it leaves a dent. I do have an antique one in the shop that is what an anvil should be. I think garage sales would be the ideal spot to find a decent one. At auctions, they always go for a premium.
     
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    Alan28

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    I checked on our local "Craiglist", (leboncoin.fr), there are some to sell, from old shops. Weight is minimum 120 pounds, they can send to USA by Airmail...
     
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    PeteL

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    :clap::rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
  19. May 30, 2021
    Ayden

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    Thanks everyone for the recommendations, We ordered a 28lb railroad track anvil for $50 off Ebay. I'll post an update when it arrives.
     
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