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  1. I buy both cheap and good tools. It all depends on the use case for me and if I can find a good quality used version of a tool. Some cheap tools will surprise you as I bought a set of HF impact sockets for occasional use because they were cheaper than anywhere else. Oddly enough they provide a better fit than some of my older style craftsman non-impact sockets. I was kind of surprised at the comparison. My drill bits on the other hand are good quality and will outlast any HF bit.
  2. Check craigslist or facebook marketplace as well. Most welders I see in your price range are the lincoln tombstone style arc welders. Occasionally mig might be there. Try auctions to find one as well.
  3. The vise purchased is an older 5" FPU or fpu/bison. We have the 6" version of it in the farm's shop, and that would have been bought in the 1970s. It has been well used from bending metal or trying to loosen or drive out stuck bolts. It is still in pretty good shape.
  4. My first vehicle was a 15+ yr old 3/4t Chevy that my Dad bought new. I still have the truck. To answer your question on tools, I was thinking more along the lines of chisels or other smaller hand held tools, maybe even a hammer if I would take a notion to try it. I am looking for a good postvise. Recently, I purchased a very good machinist vice that will get me started. Thanks for the info. That has cleared up a lot of my confusion.
  5. I have been doing a lot of research on this site and trying to figure out what is the "most" recommended style of anvil for different uses. So far I have found that a thin waist style london pattern is good for ornamental work and a thicker waist is better for heavy work. It seems then that the colonial pattern would be really good for heavy work. Would it be correct to assume that face size makes a difference as well? Some research has shown weight makes a difference as well for the type of pattern and what you can do with it. Is that correct? My question is this what are the
  6. I have found a syringe works well. No needle of course.
  7. I can't comment size of the propane tank, but the latest propane price for me was $1.25/gal delivered. I have 500 gal tank for the furnace in my house.
  8. Do you have any pictures of your designs? I am just starting out and am going to try charcoal to see if I enjoy forging. I plan on trying corn out as a my alternative, since I have access to a bin full of corn.
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