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  1. I just updated my original thread on the easy leg vise fix.
  2. I originally posted this thread about 6 years ago to try and help folks who were having trouble finding complete/workable leg vises. I have probably repaired at least 10 more vises for folks with "junk" vises due to ruined or lost screws and boxes on their vises. I have 2 in my shop i have just finished. Along with replacing the screws and boxes I have remade the springs and the attachment brackets. Here are pics of the 200lb leg vise I first posted. These are new pics I just shot. You'll notice several things if you look real close. First. the "box" is pulled out so you can see how I ground it to fit in the back hole on the vise. The house jack I cut up had a 2" screw. The pipe in the picture covering the screw is just a piece of 2 3/8 drill stem I cut to protect the threads, its actually floating and not attached. I don't worry about grit and grime getting into or on the threads i was trying to protect the thread from getting ruined by something getting pounded into them, I clean the threads when I remember, which isn't very often. I can quite literally stand on the handle to tighten the vise and I don't worry a bit about it being over tightened because that original jack could support 20 +tons. Look closely at the way I cutoff the cast iron portion of the jack to make the "box". Honestly, the use of a house jack screw makes a much more formidable vise than the way they were originally constructed. Any questions Holler!
  3. That's a fine anvil nothing wrong with iit for a starter. I used a big old piece of rail road rail until I saved enough money for an anvil in similar condition the one you bought. i wouldn't worry about the paint or the patina, its just a tool. I'd probably clean it up with a wire brush on an angle grinder.
  4. I suppose you want to get rid of the Trenton because it has been milled, however the rebound you describe is pretty darn good. I have a friend that had a nice truck that someone scratched when opening a car door next to it, my friend was so upset he sold the truck. I'm not sure that made sense or that you wanting to get rid of the Trenton makes sense. You could use that anvil for many years, probably the rest of your life with no problems. I would suggest you just quit over thinking your anvil's problem and start using it. You have to ask yourself are you so good of a blacksmith that you can only use a perfect anvil? There are hundred, perhaps thousands of folks on this website that are using much less than perfect anvils and are making a good living.
  5. It was for a blacker power hammer. Do a search and you'll see a bunch of examples.
  6. It MAY be a crack. A&H were known to be made from junk metal that was forged together to make the base. I have several that show the bases were rather poorly made especially my 433 lb shop anvil that has a similar split but was probably used in a rail yard and I've used for many years with no problem. If you are worried it wouldn't be hard to grind the split and have it deep welded to a point below the face which could be cooled with wet rags while welding. Its a nice anvil!
  7. Good question, why don't you try it and let us know.
  8. Nice little south German pattern anvil. There are/were a number of German anvil makers but given that its cast steel I would suggest that it might be a Kolshwa from Sweden. They are still in business and you can google their website to see the various styles they offer.
  9. Its an early Trenton anvil that weighs approximately 111 lbs. The value of the anvil is highly dependent on your location. If you are in South Africa, Poland.or New Zealand it price would be in the local monetary unit. Without knowing your location its anybody's guess. Since almost every country in the world is represented on IFI you'll need to be a little clearer on where you are at..
  10. Hay Budden made after 1908, with the whole top half being tool steel. Nice!
  11. MC I'm afraid they were made by Arm and Hammer a Competitor to Trenton. To be clear Arm and Hammer anvils were made by Columbus anvil and forging Co. and Trenton anvils were made by Columbus Forge and Iron Co.
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