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    usual bloke stuff: motorbikes landrovers tools beer birds etc etc etc ... not usually all at once.


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  1. Well IronD you could always risk sending off that money to a seller in China with over 30 negative feedbacks who sells amongst other things, fancy dress clothing and plastic parts for motorcycles. They might even send you a suitable machine, that might actually arrive and hey, even work,maybe not. It might even last a few months or so but how would you deal with warranty issues if they arise? Who knows, they might even be CE certified and so you wouldn't risk having them impounded by customs, maybe not. Or ...I could sell you a CE certified one with warranty and support from a manufacturer with a proven track record .... it will cost you a bit more than that figure you mention but could well be cheaper in the long run.
  2. Thanks guys! I guess the virtual world lost a lot of it's attractions when the late GREAT and never to be forgotten Grant Sarver passed away. It was his posts which drew me in here. I've attached a picture of my induction set up. Long coil on the 40KW to heat up bar stock in seconds and flat wide coil on the 25KW to reheat after its be forged into flat or wiggly things. Since I'm selling them and get them at cost I'm toying with idea of putting another 25KW on that tower of power. Probably won't swap coils over that often with three on the go!!!!
  3. I'm selling both the 15KW single phase and 25kW three phase in the UK. PM me for details. I've been using a 25kW for over 4 years and it did between 80-90% of my heating but I've gone real big and also got myself a 40KW BEAST. It's an absolute joy having two different sized coils on the go with loads and loads of electromagnetic Uummphh. I don't use the coal forge anymore .... getting rid of it to make space for a 75kg Anyang powerhammer. I occasionally use the gas forges but try not to because the induction heaters are SO much cheaper to run and the working conditions so much more pleasant.
  4. Owen, with John N's help we imported two from China. The idea was that if they proved reliable he would think about selling them. We'll, its got so much built in protection and it's never missed a heartbeat .... I've not spoke to John for a while but he has an advert in the BABA magazine that mentions induction heaters so it might be worth giving him a ring. If you want to see one in action you're welcome to test drive mine if you're ever near Manchester
  5. So do I but an induction heater is very close second. Just wanted to take issue with the idea that they aren't versatile. Three years of use and I'm still finding uses for it .... all sorts of shapes and sizes it's especially usefull for making jigs and tooling up for a project on the fly. Also very useful for bronze work when seeing the colour is oh so important
  6. ... and some more induction versatility is because the heat is so intense, rapid and local, you find yourself holding little itsy bitsy little bits without tongs .... more control and faster work
  7. ... and some more induction versatility is because the heat is so intense, rapid and local, you find yourself holding little itsy bitsy little bits without tongs .... more control and faster work
  8. Have you used one for any length of time? They are wonderfully versatile machines. I am a professional smith whose only source of income is the work I design and make. Time is EVERYTHING to me. I make a wide and diverse range of bespoke metalwork and have to be both productive and creative to compete in today's market. I forge plenty of tooling and fixtures to make my work and rarely use my coke forge and only occasionally use my gas forges. A quick peek at my website will show you I do large-ish work My induction heater is the 25kVA machine and is used for over 90% of my work and gives me a massive commercial advantage, This in terms of what it can do that the other forges can't, it's speed and the huge cost saving in fuel. It is also such much nicer going home without being drenched in sweat that collects in bucket loads in my boots after a day at the gas forge. It is also a MUCH more efficient and greener way of heating steel and I'm not breathing all the nasties from burning coke. It's wonderfully having an idea and being able to try it out with a flick of a switch and a few minutes wait rather than all the palava of lighting a coal forge or waiting for it or a gasser to get up to heat I've had my machine for about 3 years and it's paid for it'self many times over. I don't sell induction heaters but can absolutely testify how versatile they are with direct experience. I love mine so much I'm seriously thinking of buying a bigger 35KVA machine, both as a back up machine and for faster heating. Having said the above I would say get a power hammer first (I've got four and still want another) if you are earning your living from smithing (and have a suitable workshop), followed closely by the biggest induction heater you can get; once you use them you modify your work flow and realise just how versatile they are. A press would be a distant third to me but still indispensable.
  9. Well I guess it makes up for the way we got off on the wrong foot when we first met over here :) Hi Ciladog, I guess the internet suddenly beame very empty after the late great and never to be forgotten Grant Sarver passed away. SO much knowledge, help and humour suddenly wasn't there and the whole thing lost its appeal.... his post ARE the ones to miss..
  10. Looking good Bruce, looking good I saw your first version but since you were the other side of the pond I spent a few days building my modified version. T'was time well spent because the results on the leaves I was veining were SUPERB and it saved $DAYS$ of time. It's a great little machine you came up with Bruce .. and for the right job it will print money.
  11. My condolences to his family. Sadly I never met Grant but I hung on every word he wrote. This man was a goldmine of information and all he ever asked for giving it away was a chance to gently take the mickey, or display his unique sense of humour. As John N mentioned above, we obtained some induction heaters with SO much generous help from Grant. I use this machine a lot and everytime I use it I will remember him. RIP Grant
  12. Off the shelves sintered bronze bushes 1.5" ID with EN24T (4340) rods, regularly greased .... they've held up pretty well for about 2 years. To work well the guides that they bushes sit in (and the plate they mount to) need to be machined so the bores are reasonably parallel.
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