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  1. It is easy to ruin an anvil but its also not that hard to fix one right if you take the time to do it right..Those torch cuts are already haz affected. For at least an inch in every direction Id guess. Though Im guessing you already know that since its probably softer around them from the auto tempering.. Ive fixed three I think and all three turned out just fine,actually they pretty good Ill modestly say. Also want to add that you can get stoody rods in 1/8" so you don't need quit so big a machine..Im familiar with several hardfacing rods/wires but not so much the supercoat your talking about..I know Gunthers method usually calls for a underlay of 2110 and cap of 1105. That's generally for large repairs though
  2. Dang you can buy a brand new 540 pound Blu anvil for $2995 or a brand new Fontanini 460 pounder for less than $2700
  3. Its funny you mention that, look at what a power cost was relative to then and now.Its an eye opener.
  4. Some people out there(especially collectors) are just willing to pay more..More and more gus are just saying "screw it, I want it" and coughing up the money..I also wonder why more people just don't buy new anvils..Ive been wanting a 400 pounder for a long time and when I finally break down and buy it Ill probably just buy new..The used big anvils are already approaching the same price as new.. Ive got some of those "found this for a steal price" stories too..Super nice $1 a pound anvils but you know what? that don't mean a thing anymore..Those are far few and between now.
  5. I see 150# and 180# anvils listed for $600-$800 all the time now..AND SELLING
  6. Heres our newest swage block stand. We have three blocks and use at least one of them daily.
  7. That circular band you see wrapped around the flywheel is both the brake and a spring. The lever that operates it is connected to the foot treadle..When you push down it opens up the band, when you let off the band springs back and closes.
  8. Frosty just to add we use thin copper shims on our 50# LG and the dies stay put very well with no movement and that's without driving them in brute style..Which I never liked doing, I drive them in tight with a heavy hammer but I don't drive them in like Im sinking rail spikes either..The copper seems to really make them stick tight.
  9. here is the brake on our hammer. works very well, just need to clean the oil off the pad every so often..This hammer will stop when you let off the pedal but the brake allows you to make hard single hits without accidentally over rotating a double tap. Just smash the pedal and let off..
  10. $3000 for a good working 50 pounder is not bad, if it comes with extra dies that's a big bonus..Check the sow block and babbit bearings. The tire hammer is a fine machine if its built right..My only complaint with the ones Ive used is that the dies were small. 3 1/2" or so. That's tiny for our work.The dies on our 50# are 6". Ive got pics of the very first tire hammer built that belonged to a friend of mine who sadly is no longer with us. It cost him almost nothing and he used it for years.. Not all hammers are created equal or tuned equal. Ive seen tire hammers that run great and ones that run like a crap..Ive seen 50# Lgs that wont work 1" square because they are so out fo tune and then Ive seen them that will work 2" stock no problem. Ive seen a lot of homemade air hammers that are PAINFUL to watch..So slow you can fall asleep while running one..Ive actually seen 25# LG's outwork some of those homemade 60 pound kenyons before..Not all of them mind you as they have gotten significantly better than they use to be.. Id like to make a upsized tire hammer one day as a side project. Something in the 100 pound range. I think that would be a great build.
  11. Ive known of a 10" leg vise but I cant for life of me remember who had it? I use to talk to him on the forums all the time.. Ive been trying to remember but cant yet... If Im not mistaken Larry has a 9" vise, Ive seen a pic of it..
  12. Ive paid a lot of money for good guns, custom rifles capable of planting three handloads inside .300 or even .250 on a good day at 100 yards..They were not cheap but man were they just an absolute dream to shoot. Shilen barrel, 2oz trigger wearing a 36x scope.. I never once regretted buying one..of course this was before I was married,LOL Im blessed enough that I can make any kind of hammer I want but if I could not I would not balk at paying $140 for a good tool.. It seems like a lot but its really not after you see how much work goes into making one.. Custom tools generally are just better at what they do but not everyone is capable of using them to fullest extent.. Ive seen guys buy 5K power hammers but couldent draw a taper with it..Ive seen guys buy Rem 40x's that couldn't hit the ground if they dropped the gun.. Id suggest buying custom tools with the mindset of it being better at what it does but its still not going to make you better at what you do..
  13. Heres another article.It has some nice pics of them forging the barrel and other parts. His stuff commands huge prices but since hes been in the business so long and does such fantastic work its warrented. He isn't in the shows credits Lucky the dude Daniel mentioned him as his mentor and his blacksmith videos as inspiring him to make guns. Thats how he came about in the show..he isn't in it.. http://www.housebrothersproject.com/gallery/index.php?action=view&gll=2 Here is a youtube vid of him on our local outdoor show(longest running outdoor show in the nation) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGpa_SkxmvI I want to add that pay attention when he shoots his flintlock at the end of this video. You will see that a properly tuned flintlock shoots as fast as a percussion gun. Lots of folks think that there is a big lag in ignition with flintlock guns. There isn't if its tuned right..
  14. It could be, Hershel is no stranger to TV..Hes the real deal, a rock star in the gun making world..Him and his brothers have made guns,hawks and knives for movies like the Patriot,Master and commander(also a planet of the apes film). That beautiful possibles bag worn by Mel Gibson in the patriot was made by Lally House. Hershel made his rifle and I think it was his brother Frank(may have been Hershel) that made the axe for Abaham Lincoln: vampire Hunter...That axe actually worked and fires as well..Its real..
  15. I just saw the "quenching north" thing again.. I almost have a hard time believing Hershel told him that but then again Hershel is very old skool' too.. It made my stomach hurt..
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