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05-07-2016 02:39 AM

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Quick question. Today I saw for sale a small anvil I think the face was about 4” by 6” it has horn and hardy hole. It had a price of $45 but he says he will give me a deal on it. He is also finding me a warrington hammer he think he has. Do you think it is worth it to have such an anvil and how much should try to pay for it?

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)


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#1 posted 05-07-2016 02:49 AM

Anvils in south Louisiana go for about $2/pound. I’m looking for one to have in my shop if the need to bang on something like a mad man arises.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#2 posted 05-07-2016 02:58 AM

I didn’t think I would use one. I picked up an old RR track about 12 inches long, that my wife’s Dad used on the farm. I use it a lot more than I thought I would. The anvil might even be better. Dan

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#3 posted 05-07-2016 03:03 AM

What have you got to lose?

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#4 posted 05-07-2016 03:28 AM



What have you got to lose?

- BurlyBob


Money

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#5 posted 05-07-2016 03:45 AM

Small is a retaliative term. The again, so is the price of something. Yes, it is worth it to have some kind of and anvil around a shop. They’re indispensable when you want one and don’t have one, or at least something like RDan mentioned.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#6 posted 05-07-2016 07:06 AM

Grizzly sells anvils so you should check their pricing before buying one used, just to have an idea whether it’s a good price.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#7 posted 05-07-2016 09:53 AM

Thanks guys. You have been very helpful. Particularly the $2/pound and Grizzley reference. It seems I think $25 maybe a fair price if shipping is not considered. The grizzely anvils are showroom pickup only I think. So I’d have to drive to Springfield and back. So I might pay a little more. Accoording to e-bay prices $25+$20 = $45 shipping may not be such a bad price after all.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#8 posted 05-07-2016 10:01 AM

If you have to ask, then you probably don’t need it…now.

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#9 posted 05-07-2016 12:31 PM

If you have mechanic’s vise it should have an anvil built in near the handle but anyhow , any shop will benefit from having a small anvil for general use,I also use mine as dead weight during glue ups.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#10 posted 05-07-2016 12:39 PM

I have a heavy piece of iron not an anvil. Mine weighs about 20 pounds and is an inch thick and measures about 8” x 10” Useful to pound on but also useful as a “gravity clamp” when it is inconvenient to get a clamp in place.

-- No PHD, but I have a GED and my DD 214

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#11 posted 05-07-2016 12:43 PM

Don, I have a small one from Harbor Freight. I can’t remember the price but HF has coupons out there all the time.
http://m.harborfreight.com/hand-tools/vises-anvils/15-lb-rugged-cast-iron-anvil-69425.html

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#12 posted 05-07-2016 12:47 PM

Ya never know when that rascally roadrunner may come by! .....think about it!

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#13 posted 05-07-2016 01:07 PM

I have a very stout 6” bench vise and have always been able to do my “beating” on the flat back surface of the frame.

That said, I think having and anvil (out in the barn) would come in handy some times.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#14 posted 05-07-2016 02:47 PM

I would use one if I had one. I find myself banging something on the concrete garage floor about once a month.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#15 posted 05-07-2016 03:15 PM

My vote is definitely positive for having an anvil or equivalent on hand.

I got that 15 pound version from Harbor Freight. I really like having it and bang on it as well as use it for a “gravity clamp” (I like that name for it). With a coupon it was somewhere around 15 dollars.

IN the HF reviews, there are comments that its milled top is not smooth enough and can leave marks on a work piece if used with a softer metal or for jewelry work. So far that has never been an issue for me, but I don’t do that kind of work. In those same comments there are folks that say they have resolved this by filing, grinding, and sanding the top surface.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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