Anyone have any experienc with this anvil? Not a bad price for a 300 pounder if its any count.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:20 PM
Strongly suggest a skeptical reading of the description, they state that it is CAST IRON. That means it is junk, not very useful for real blacksmithing, a boat anchor, ASO (anvil shaped object). Cast iron is often softer than HOT steel.
Cast steel is a different critter altogether, there are many reputable manufacturers past and present that have produced great cast steel anvils. A good modern cast steel anvil will start at around $1000 USD +/-. Google TFS, JHM, Nimba, Fontanini, Old World, Rhino anvils. Missed a few I'm sure.
$400 to $500 should get you a very nice antique anvil off of ebay as soon as you click the buy now button, inc. shipping. The same price plus some searching around plus some tenacity in your greater area will net an even better/larger anvil than what you will find on ebay.
Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:39 PM
Ive seen that anvil in person at the grizzly store here, the face is HUGE, pretty impractical for normal forging. Plus its junk.. I love going into grizzly though, lots of other things i would buy from them.
Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:55 PM
I kind of figured as much. I have had a Grizzly metal lathe and several other things from Grizzly but was a little skeptical of the anvil. Never hurts to ask though.
Posted 26 January 2013 - 08:39 PM
I sent them an email for the specifications. I hope they say that it's an imported cast steel anvil and that the listing is simply a misprint. I doubt it, but it's nice to have it straight from the horse's mouth.
Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:10 PM
Just got this email from Grizzly:
Thank you for your patience while we researched the information you request regarding the G8150 Anvil. The anvil is all cast iron. The Rockwell Hardness test is approx 40 to 44 RC.
You are more than welcome to place an order through our website, www.grizzly.com, or by calling our order desk at 1-800-523-4777. Operators are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern time.
Alternatively, you can reply to this email to provide your complete billing and shipping addresses, and a complete list of the items you wish to order. I will be happy to set up the order and provide you with instructions for calling with payment information.
If we may be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. You are a valued customer, and we look forward to serving your future woodworking and metalworking needs.
Grizzly Industrial, Inc.
Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:35 PM
Cast iron anviles lol, reminds me of the time this guy turned up at my frinds workshop and he had invented a kind of blacksmiths hammer witch was made from cast iron, was ment to be the best forging hammer ever, it was his get rich quick idear, you can gess how it ended
Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:00 AM
For a much smaller price you'd be better off hardfacing a large vertical column of steel. You'd have a rockwell in the 60's and it would be virtually indestructible.
Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:22 PM
$379.95 ends up being approximately $1.26 a pound for CAST IRON ! I have a 15 lb Anvil shaped object that I use for a horn, but gosh that's more than anyone would ever pay for gray iron!
Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:58 PM
I just noticed that harbor freight now has there fine 55lb boat anchor back in stock as well as a lovely 15lb one too. I'll bet there will be a rush on those!
Posted 03 February 2013 - 07:14 AM
Those cast iron anvils are a bit special aren't they? I use my big one as an advert. It is outside my smithy with a hammer bolted through the hardy hole.
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