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  1. Very Nice Anvil. Without knowing the maker it would be really hard to determine the age of the anvil or its date of manufacture. It is a cast steel anvil which narrows it quite a bit and looking at the weight stamp impression I would guess Kohlswa or a similar manufacturer but that is only a guess. My Soderfors Austrian(bohemian) anvil was cast too but there is no serial number on it. Hopefully someone across the pond might know more?
  2. The anvil is ok to use and use it you should. It is a great starter anvil and far better than what I started with. Don't be discouraged by others comments and don't sweat the condition. As Kevin said "Forge On It" It will serve you well and after you have gotten some experience and started making money, then consider whether you actually need another anvil. I still have the piece of rail road track I started on many many years ago and I also have way too many anvils that I have been able to purchase because i have a blacksmith art business.
  3. Hey Frog it looks like the second one has flats on the feet, can you see that? The first one has the look of a post 1908 Hay Budden. More pictures would really help, after you go over the anvils with a cupped wire brush.
  4. What kind of press are you considering? It would help if you could narrow your ideal a little.
  5. G-Man Bart - You are incorrect. Hay Budden did experiment with solid steel anvils and as Lou said collectors would be all over that anvil. There have been several sold on Ebay in the past year for a fairly healthy chunk of change. Sometimes it best not to offer an opinion if you have only read a book. Many of the folks on IFI have developed a considerable knowledge base from actual experience.
  6. Pictures help!
  7. Good for you! Now get to making nice things to sell and it will pay for itself.
  8. I'm making a set of new keys for my little giant/Murco power hammer and I have a question that some of you may be able to answer. The discussion provided on the Little Giant website for fitting new keys is excellent but it seems to me that this process of grinding and filing would be prohibitively time consuming for the original manufacturer. I have found several references on IFI for fitting keys using heat. One discussion suggests using a rose bud to heat small sections of the key and upsetting those portions of the key to fit the dovetail until the whole key is solid. Another thread mentioned just heating the key and driving it in the dovetail as long as the sides are straight. It would seem, as I said, that the process of grinding and fitting each key in new machines would have been terribly time consuming. It also seems that many of the machines had pins in the bottom of the dovetail and in the dies. I may be wrong here but wouldn't it have made more sense to just put the die in place with the base pin and then pound in a well heated key? That assumes the key would be premade nearly to the correct size but would upset into the dovetail. Once its cooled and has shrunk a little, a couple of more hits on the key would drive it in securely. Since the heated key is going to be a whole lot softer that the base or the ram there would be no danger of breaking. Has anyone used heat to get their keys to final shape??
  9. A little searching on IFI would reveal this-
  10. Glad you didn't take offense to my kidding!
  11. Whoa Now! Hay Budden was making anvils in 1985???
  12. Actually Frog is right, I didn't focus on the size and shape of the horn. It does look Columbian-ish.
  13. Actually my anvil is slightly shorter about 15" tall, that anvil may be 500+ lbs.
  14. A little more info and more pictures would help. It looks very much like a Hay Budden anvil, does it have a number under the horn next to the square handling hole? My 433 lb arm and hammer anvil has about the same measurements.
  15. I picked up a Murco Power Hammer from a small town here in NM. I can find some of the evolution history from Little Giant to Mayer Bros to Moloch to Murray but not much else. I could use more information regard the brass bearings, grease requirements and in general some more info on its parts. The hammer doesn't appear to have been used much and is just dirty from having laid on the ground for the past few years. Every thing looks to be in excellent condition and it turns freely. Clutch works as it should. If anyone has one of these machines let me know. I attached a few photos.