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  1. Have you done a successful forge weld before? If you haven't I'd suggest practicing on inexpensive (relatively easy to weld) mild steel. Also try just tacking one end of the billet. By tacking opposing ends/edges you can limit the movement of the steels which can make welding much harder.
  2. I also think it looks to be steel but have you tried cutting/bending 90* from the cut in the pic? I've had a piece or two that were refined enough that it was hard to tell until I was cutting/bending through the layers.
  3. When curious about a forge weld I sometimes quench or hammer on them below normal forging temps. Basically all the things you're not supposed to do. From the point that I've "decided" that it is a good weld (and I'm ready to move on) I generally treat the weld as I would any other piece of steel/iron.
  4. Yup, there were cheaper ones but I got to reading the reviews and went with the ones that read the best. Can't wait to get the rest swapped out. The difference reminds me of when we got our HD tv.
  5. Sorry about not following up on this, my computer died and it took a little while for me to get a new one... The hammer did come from Petersvalley. The lower die is roughly a full inch shorter than the top. The face of the lower fuller was much broader than the upper. What I ended up doing was to just shim everything up and reworked the dies to get them better matched. Still getting used to it's quarks but it works well.
  6. i just swapped out half the florescent tubes in my shop for 40w soft white LEDs and I'm pretty happy. I'll do the rest as money permits, but it does help to justify the cost of LEDs when you see them side by side with the florescent tubes. I paid roughly $128 for 12 tubes shipped and I think that's pretty fair considering how much I hate changing out ballasts which seem to go as often as the tubes. I have tried a few different color temperatures and i have trouble seeing markings on shinny metal with anything above soft/warm white. I got an email from the seller the day after I bought the bulb
  7. So they used gas to light it and then switched to pressurized air once lit? Huh, seems a bit goofy to me but they must've had a good reasons...those farrier guys and gals are all about speed.
  8. Just a quick thought, if your neighbors are close enough to see in your garage and possibly be bothered by the noise you might want to think about a gas forge. While we all love the smoke they may not...
  9. Post a pic of your hammers face if you can. Sharp corners and heavily rounded faces will show more than nicely eased corners and gently rounded faces. It also could be that you're not striking your work squarely. If your getting mostly crescent shaped marks then that is the part of you're making contact with first so you should try to adjust your grip or roll your hand/wrist (whichever is more comfortable) away.
  10. I went out to the shop after posting my post and it dawned on me that the spring controls the throw of the ram as much as anything else. The hammer didn't come with a spring so I got one for a 25lb. Little Giant. With the spring cup backed out basically all the way I've got a solid 1/8" between the coils which is the minimum I've seen called for. In my "new to power hammers" mind that tells me that at best I'll get 5/8" (6coils, 5gaps x 1/8") of throw from the spring assuming the spring will compress 100%. Sound right?
  11. I'm Finally setting up my Fairbanks/United "0" or 25Lb hammer. I've noticed that my bottom die is much shorter than it should be and I suspect that the top die isn't what it once was either. I've never seen the hammer run and the guy I bought it from hadn't either so I don"t have any history/clues to offer. I only just started setting it up so I can't run it yet to rove os disprove any of my concerns. As it sits, I'm pretty sure I'm gonna have a problem working small to medium stock. The bottom die is noticeably shorter than it once was and the suspect the top die is somewhat shorter also
  12. SHHHHHHHH, I can hear all the good stuff getting sold...
  13. It looks cast to me, parting lines and a lack of hammer marks on the body. My cast Soderfors has handling holes so seeing the handling holes doesn't tell me anything either way. All the Brooks anvils I've seen have a pretty tall step down to the horn from the cutting table but I'm no Brooks expert. that's about all I've got.
  14. 4 minutes. That's about how long a mouse will try to not drown. So I've heard at least...
  15. My buddy has the same pot and it works fine although he likes to use a grate partly cause he doesn't need a fire that deep and the handle isn't easy to get to. I know the breaker works well because I burned up one of his grates...
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