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    SW Ohio, just outside Dayton
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    Quiet evenings, long walks on the beach, poetry, catching snowflakes on my tongue, a nice cup of tea next to the fire place......Yeah right i am a guy. I love fast cars, beer, and killing small furry animals with my muzzle loader.
  1. I bought the 20v impact/drill combo back a couple years ago. One of the best investments i ever made. However the rubber does not like oil very much. I have had mine repaired about 3 times now. Fortumatly i bought it from a MAC tools distributor which means that repairs were free. But for $200 cant beat the deal. I had to replace one battery that cost me $75. You can buy the drill or impact alone with 2 batteries and charger for $100 now. Also the new batteries come with voltage indicators built in. ( i am sure batteries are cheaper now, that was when they first came out.) I have since gone to using the MAC version of said tool, about 3x the cost though. But you get more torque, my 3/8 impact will remove lug nuts, and my occupation has me covered in oil constantly and these stand up to the oil. The MAC ones also use the DeWalt batteries. I also could not even tell you if the torque setting on mine work. Never moved off of 3. After time you get trigger control where you use the trigger like a dimmer switch to provide the power. The more you squeeze the more power you get. Just like any tool you get a feel of how to work it.
  2. Cat litter forge help

    Instead of cat litter can you use floor dry? That stuff us mechanics use to soak up oil. It is made of clay also, not sure what kind, and is usually cheaper and comes in much bigger bags than cat litter. Just wonderin.
  3. Just to say thanks

    So, i have not posted much becuase all my questions so far have been asked several times. Yall got a whole bunch o' information here and for that i say thank you very much. It is very kind of you guys that have been doing this for years to share your wisdom and knowledge. Even the new guys who make their mistakes and get corrected i have learned from. But if i learn half of what many of yall have forgotten i will be well on my way. A special thanks to Frosty for just a small side comment. Went something like " i have one burner design i wish would be removed from the internet" It was the one with the lamp screw thingy for adjustment. It has been cold and nasty here, week before last below 0 last week in the 50's but muddy and rainy, so i have been stuck inside. I decided to try and build a propane burner and was going to try the one with the lamp thingy. Glad i read the comment before my build. But thanks to everyone i now have a proficient burner that just needs a good box. That will come this week i think, cold, snow, ice, i may not be out side to much this week. Need something to do other than drink beer. Also thanks for no politics, cant stand how all my favorite sites have been highjacked by politics. Again, thank yall, stay safe, stay warm and may the good Lord bless you.
  4. OUCH! that hurt.

    This is not just about smithing, but about many things we do in life. Saturday was a fairly nice day so i went out to do a little work. I am trying to improve my forge and needed to cut a piece of angle iron. Just 1 cut on a 1" by 1/4" piece. I get my tools out, get it clamped down,plug in the angle grinder, and can not find my safety glasses. So i look, the old lady says they may be in my range bag, i look but to no avail. So after a few minutes i figure dang it i would have had it cut by now. So what do i do? I just start cutting. About half way through the cut i felt a sudden stinging, burning sensation in my eye. I tried but could not get it out. So off to the ER i go. After about 4 hours there i finally get home. Find my safety glasses in of all places my tool box, yeah who would think to look there, and Sunday finished my cut. I have worked with my hands all my life. I used to be a machinist, and i am currently a mechanic. I was on an M1 Abrams in the Army. I have used and been around many dangerous tools and equipment. And i know better. Do not short cut safety. It does not matter if that cut would take me 5 minutes or 5 hours. You can lose an eye in a split second. Complacency kills. So old timers i do not care if you have done it a million times or not be safe. Younger guys, take heed those words of safety from the old timers. Knowledge comes from a book, wisdom comes with learning from those around you and your own mistakes and not repeating them. Learn from my mistake, i sure did.
  5. Hi ya'll from SW Ohio

    Thank yall for the warm welcome. I started my profile, but couldnt figure out how to put in a profile pic and forgot to hit the save for just the info. (i am not very computer savvy) I have also been reading Charles's post on the side blast charcoal forge for improvements. Thanks for the charts and info above. My vice anvil is getting me started yes, but i need something better. I am off work today so if i want to brave the cold maybe a trip to the scrap yard. My old vice that i showed in the other post, well it is mounted on a bench in my basement by 2 small bolts. I really dont use it much and had just hung it there this past summer as a 3rd hand to hold the input drum of my cousins TH350 so i could stack the clutches. But looks as if i will try and clean it up and get some new life into it. Oh and properly mount it. I did however learn a very important lesson on my very first time out. Like i said i am a mechanic by trade and being a mechanic guess what i have gallons of just sitting around, and heating the shop. Thats right used motor oil. Stinks to high heaven and way to flammable. Sorry i took a minute to respond back but like i say i am not really a computer guy. Just use it to look up info from time to time. Ok off to put profile info in and find information.
  6. Hi ya'll from SW Ohio

    New here but been reading yall's posts for a while. I would like to say first and foremost thank you old guys for the wisdom you put forth here. I just started my journey of the smith. I am an Army vet and my therapist says that a good hobby will keep my mental problems at bay. I grew up on a farm in KY and we had a small forge in the barn that my grandpa would repair tools and the like with. I have been around a forge but never learned to work steel. Until now. I have made a few stakes, tongs and 1 knife (just to see if i could). But just mostly am working on bending, shaping, twisting and of course my techniques. I use an old cast iron grill with a blower attached for a coal/charcoal forge. And an old vice that the jaws broke off of but the anvil side is still intact for my anvil. Yeah i know not ideal but i didnt want to shell out a bunch of money just to find out i either dont like it or aint no good at it. I am pushing 50 and have lived through the age of bullheaded stubbornness. Which means i will now own up to my mistakes, take criticism well, and have learned to follow direction.
  7. Leg vice identification

    Just signed up here recently, have not even sent a hello yet. (cant figure out how to get profile pic up) But this is my first post so Hi yall. This is a vice i still use. Do not know the age or who made it but i do know that my grandpa used it n the barn when i was a kid. The one you found looks eerily similar. Ok on to my introductory post.