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#1 billymons

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 01:31 PM

Im looking at this Soderfors 150lb anvil and I dont know much about them. Just looking to get something to mess around the shop with. No big time iron work or anything. He's asking $200.00 says its cast swedish steel from 1910, has nice rebound and ring. Is it worth that much? What to offer? Havent actually looked at it yet, only photo.

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 01:33 PM

Im looking at this Soderfors 150lb anvil and I dont know much about them. Just looking to get something to mess around the shop with. No big time iron work or anything. He's asking $200.00 says its cast swedish steel from 1910, has nice rebound and ring. Is it worth that much? What to offer? Havent actually looked at it yet, only photo.



Oh and the other ones are not left anymore.

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 01:57 PM

Sodorfors usually go for big bux and one edge is ok.......Your call...... ;)
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Posted 09 March 2012 - 04:47 PM

It's got a decent face from the looks of it, and the price is less than $2/lb. While that one edge is really hacked up, it wouldn't be too much to weld it back into shape and that might help you negotiate some on the price.

For general tinkering, I think you should go for it. A better quality anvil is only going to cost you more money and not provide an appreciably better work surface.
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#5 r smith

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 06:40 PM

A better quality anvil is only going to cost you more money and not provide an appreciably better work surface.

I think he meant better CONDITION , soderfors are high quality

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 07:15 PM

It is worth it at that price...but in that condition it may be worth looking more for something else.

Try talking him down, but don't be surprised if he doesn't budge. Three $50 bills are powerful motivation, but have the other $50 in smaller bills in another pocket.

The damage is likely from sizing horse shoes cold.

You are in PA so blacksmithing tools are relatively plentiful.

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#7 billymons

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 07:33 PM

Yea it seems theres a million guys on craigslist looking for anvils. I posted a want ad and a guy called me the other day and said " I think I got a couple 100 to 150 lb anvils down at the barn" I asked do you know what you want for them, he said no. I was salivating thinking Im finally gonna get a good barn find cheap. Well he still wouldnt give me a price, so I drove 1/2 hour to check it out. When I got there he must of had 15-20 anvils along with lots of other blacksmithing tools and there wasnt any anvil under 300.00 and the anvils looked beat. Everything had a price on it, thats what pissed me off, why couldnt he tell me. Guess he wanted to get me there.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 12:39 AM

Sounds like he was hoping you'd bite at the bait once you saw all those anvils just laying around. Personally, I'd buy a banged up anvil if it was cheap enough because large chunks of iron are just scarce in my area. The scrap yards don't sell to individuals, not that I can find, and the employees snag up any anvil that comes in because they know it's worth more than scrap prices.

If you don't have an anvil, the Soderfors is a good anvil even if it's a bit buggered. At the price he's asking, that's not too bad a deal as long as the face isn't dinged all to pete. Sure wouldn't hurt to offer him $150 cash, and be sure to mention that it will cost you more than $50 to get that edge welded up...
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Posted 10 March 2012 - 08:43 AM

Well I got it 150.00 and helped him unload some other blacksmith stuff out of his pickup. Nice face great ring edges are a little beat up but I'm happy with it.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 08:56 AM

Good job!

Post some better pics when you can.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 10:44 AM

Fantastic! Glad you got it, and for a great price, too!! Can't wait to see her up close.
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Posted 10 March 2012 - 01:02 PM

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Here are some pics not pretty but it will work for me. I would have spent that much at harbor freight if they had a 100lb'r why not get a classic.
Can I just mig/grind those craters on the edges???

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 01:53 PM

You forgot some good pics of the face and working edges.

The heel is mushroomed sideways...odd. That will need ground to clean up. Otherwise put some use on it before you go crazy trying to fix or grind on it.

The anvil was used for repointing tools, and they tested them in the soft side of the anvil. This is pretty common and does look ugly but doesn't do any real harm.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 03:17 PM

Good score! Soderfors are sweet anvils, I have a 125# and it's my favorite off all. No, I wouldn't do any welding unless there are cracks threatening to turn into chips. The steel face is heat treated and the weld heat affect zone WILL screw it up. If you need a sharp or clean edge make a hardy tool, just a clean square flat piece of steel with a shank welded on.

It has a decently radiused edge and other than that I rarely use the sharp edges, meaning I'd probably put it to use as is.

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 08:53 PM

You forgot some good pics of the face and working edges.

The heel is mushroomed sideways...odd. That will need ground to clean up. Otherwise put some use on it before you go crazy trying to fix or grind on it.

The anvil was used for repointing tools, and they tested them in the soft side of the anvil. This is pretty common and does look ugly but doesn't do any real harm.

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Like I said a little ugly.

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 09:27 PM

Not any worse than my Trenton really. Make a hardy tool for when you need a crisp edge and use it.

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