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  1. Forgive if this has been asked already, I tried searching but struck out.


    There is a reasonable complete 12 ton hydraulic set up for sale I am interested in.  (Motor, ram, pump).  I am thinking it would be a good start on a forge press, but I dont know enough about converting ac to dc.  Would this be as simple as buying a good transformer?  If so, does anyone have any suggestions?

  2. Just want to add in to what others have said.  Do what you can to keep it.  Uber/Lyft on nights and weekends could get you $900 pretty quickly.


    I suppose a second option would be to lease it out.  I cant afford an anvil like that yet, but I would jump at a chance to rent one for a year or two while save for a better one. 


    Just my 2 bits.

  3. Welcome!!


    I am up over the hill in Ellensburg.  Made the switch to propane a few years ago and kicking myself for not doing it sooner.


    The only thing I really miss is being able to work on oversized and odd pieces in the coal forge.

  4. Using a similar saw, like other have said the issue with the base flexing is real, it causes the blade and cut alignment to shift.  I can hear a shift in tone when it happens.  And mine seems to run best when kept cool, so lots of small bites.  (Not really adding anything new, just confirming the advice given above, especially about the abrasive cut off saw).

  5. Dont forget the good ol craigslist.  I try and search a few times a week for "helper springs," "leaf springs," and "suspension parts."

    The unused helper springs are the best!

    Also, if you go to the junkyard, take a look at the older f150/f250s.  A lot of them will have an "over load" spring on the rear, those are great as well!  And I know you dont like calling, but I know several junk yards that have "yard guys" (thats a loose term) that for $20 or so will pull the parts you want for you.  Not free, but for less than $50 you could have enough scrap to get your skills where you want them to be and start using your good stuff.

    Its still free to run a want add on craigslist and FB marketplace, start there too.

    And like everyone else has said, a dozen good doughnuts is your best friend.