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  1. Yes, here it is with a gallon milk jug. Definitely will. In the mean time, I've wrapped some copper wire around the pipe that will go from the pump to the valve, to help radiate some of the heat: And I'm probably going to add some aluminum fins to the reservoir as well.
  2. Hi, Bill, and welcome to the party. Looks like you're at a good starting point, so take some time to read over the forum for things that catch your eye (especially the READ THIS FIRST tab at the top of every page). There are some good threads for refurbishing forges, so that's probably a good place to start.
  3. I'm a bit late to this party, but I can vouch from experience that the visible seams on the face plate are not an issue. My own Mousehole (aka The Undisputed King of Anvils) has visible weld lines, and they have never given me the least bit of trouble.
  4. That's the one you got from HGR, right? Glad to see it kitted out so well.
  5. I've ordered the filter, but will be holding off on changing the reservoir for the moment. As Frosty noted in our offline conversation, I'm not going to be using this as a full-time production machine, so heat buildup probably is not going to be an issue. We shall see.
  6. So, would that be the flow rate at the first stage or the second? That is, an 11-gallon tank, or a 3?
  7. Four options: Keep as-is for historic and aesthetic value. Restore the steel face for regular use. Cut off the remaining steel face and use as a soft hammer for hitting punches and other top tools. Cut apart and use the wrought iron as stock for other projects. Which one is best is entirely up to you.
  8. Okay, I've been doing a little quick online research for filters, and there's something I don't understand. I get the gpm ratings (and why it's better to have a lot more capacity than you really need) and I understand the size of particle the filter will capture, but it seems like most of the filters out there (at least at first glance) have much lower operating pressures (~150-200 psi) than The Pressciousss cranks out. Do I need to look further to find something with a 3000 psi rating, or does the return side of the system really have that much lower pressure?
  9. Okay, figured out a way to make it happen. Also ran some more fluid through the system while it was set up in reverse. Filtered the used fluid through some paper towels: Which produced a fair amount of crud: I’ve removed the pump and will install the replacement when that arrives. Fingers crossed.
  10. I’m not sure I can do that, since the inlet to the valve (from the pump) is a solid tube rather than a flexible hose. Sounds like it might be a good idea to filter all the fluid (when I drain the system to switch out the pump), just to be on the safe side.
  11. The speed is the same on both open and close, so I don't know if that would be the problem.
  12. As my brother says, "To each his own, and with it my heartfelt sympathy!" I agree about shortening the pommel as Frosty describes, both for appearance and for balance. You might also think about different ways to shape the butt end, to accentuate the spline grooving.
  13. Good to know. I will check the guides and movement with no load anyway (hey, why not?), but hopefully switching out the pump will fix the problem, if its cause is indeed as Frosty describes.
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