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vern509

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  1. Hoping someone has some insight.  My last forge weld billet completely failed to weld.  Was a stack of 15n20 and 1075.  Have done several billets already from the same steel (AKS).  

    The only thing I did differently, was in between my last billets I had used a graphite mold to melt down some old range brass into brass ingots.

    Is it possible that doing so introduced some contamination into my forge?  (Its also possible I was just having an off day too I suppose).


  2. I had a similar issue.

    Tried 2 things, not sure which led to success:

    #1 got a 25 gallon propane tank instead of the 5 gallon.  Huge difference is keeping proper gas flowing due to tank icing up.

    #2 Warmed the anvil up.  I had a 8 inch by 3/4 square bar stock heating while I heated the billet.  I put it on the anvil yellow and let it cool to black 3 times before I attempted my first weld on the billet.

     

    I use borax flux, never tried kerosene.  But other than that our processes are the same.


  3. 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?


  4. 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.


  5. 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.

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