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Hi guys, I'm searching  for a nice little forge, this got my attention and I would like to get some advice, the guy demands 350 for it. What are you thinking about it.

 

Thanks a lot for the help

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Nice condition, but I wouldn't pay anywhere near that for it. I usually see rivet forges for $100 in good shape. Saw 2 listed within a day of each other on Craigslist last month for $100 ea. The last two I bought were larger shop forges, one was $100, the other was $75.

Why not build one? Easy to do, and far less cost wise-even free materials in some cases.

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Look under solid fuel forges for the 55 Forge. Side blast is the easiest to build and cost the least in time and materials. An air supply can be most anything that puts out air. Look for squirrel cage fans from old equipment, Christmas displays, etc.

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Is it worth $350?

 

In my mind, yes it is.

 

That forge needs some fire cement or the like to build up the pot, and a hood/windshield.  The hood and chimney would be my preferred addition simply because it gets the smoke up and away from me.

 

Or, I can spend my time and energy running around to scavenge, scrounge, buy all the stuff needed to make a 55 Forge or similar.  Now, I have a shop full of tools and can probably whip something together fairly easily.  But it won't be to the same quality as that forge, and my time has a value.  Will I be able to find all the materials and assemble them for less than $350?  Even if I'm only paying myself $5/hr for labor, I still have consumables, fuel, etc.

 

Electric blowers require electricity to operate.  That's why they call them electric blowers.  Do you have a scavenged blower that you can use for the forge, or will you need to hunt/buy one?  Close enough to an outlet that you can run an extension cord?  I've burned up three electric blowers in one year. Will you do the same?  

 

In my neck of the woods, a hand-cranked blower in good condition, with the stand, is going to run you at least $65.  I've never seen one cheaper, though I guess I could hunt and scavenge until I do find that needle in the haystack.  

 

You're getting a blower, stand, fire pot and tuyere for $350.  It's a plug-n-play operation, though I would look to claying the pot and adding a chimney/hood down the road.  The convenience alone makes it worth considering, in my estimation.

 

How many forges do you see for sale in your area?  Is this one firm at $350?  Will there be another one come to market next week?  Have you truly searched the area, including the auctions and moving sales?

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Nice condition, but I wouldn't pay anywhere near that for it. I usually see rivet forges for $100 in good shape. Saw 2 listed within a day of each other on Craigslist last month for $100 ea. The last two I bought were larger shop forges, one was $100, the other was $75.

Why not build one? Easy to do, and far less cost wise-even free materials in some cases.

yup I started to build one (half made ( might take buy this one and modify it with the piece I have) but I would love to have a table with the one I build and a hair dryer for air burst is not what I would like with all the extention and stuff to plug it, but yes it's an idea!

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Is it worth $350?

 

In my mind, yes it is.

 

That forge needs some fire cement or the like to build up the pot, and a hood/windshield.  The hood and chimney would be my preferred addition simply because it gets the smoke up and away from me.

 

Or, I can spend my time and energy running around to scavenge, scrounge, buy all the stuff needed to make a 55 Forge or similar.  Now, I have a shop full of tools and can probably whip something together fairly easily.  But it won't be to the same quality as that forge, and my time has a value.  Will I be able to find all the materials and assemble them for less than $350?  Even if I'm only paying myself $5/hr for labor, I still have consumables, fuel, etc.

 

Electric blowers require electricity to operate.  That's why they call them electric blowers.  Do you have a scavenged blower that you can use for the forge, or will you need to hunt/buy one?  Close enough to an outlet that you can run an extension cord?  I've burned up three electric blowers in one year. Will you do the same?  

 

In my neck of the woods, a hand-cranked blower in good condition, with the stand, is going to run you at least $65.  I've never seen one cheaper, though I guess I could hunt and scavenge until I do find that needle in the haystack.  

 

You're getting a blower, stand, fire pot and tuyere for $350.  It's a plug-n-play operation, though I would look to claying the pot and adding a chimney/hood down the road.  The convenience alone makes it worth considering, in my estimation.

 

How many forges do you see for sale in your area?  Is this one firm at $350?  Will there be another one come to market next week?  Have you truly searched the area, including the auctions and moving sales?

I would like to change the pot, get a smaller one and add a hood, like you said yes, would try to get it for 300$.. and no there's almost nothing near me haha hard for me to find stuff.!

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Nothing wrong with trying to talk him down a bit.

 

Also wouldn't be a problem at all to add on to that forge.  The pot's just sheet metal and easy to cut or rivet parts on to.  You could add a table extension in all of five minutes.

 

If you live in a smithing desert, sometimes you've got to take the heat.  It's pretty much a given that as soon as you shell out $350 for this one, you'll run across one that's bigger and better for half the price!  At least, that's my luck!!

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I was offered a lovely big tray shop forge with troughs and a champion 400 blower for 350$ years ago, and I was too poor, cheap, and stupid to buy it up... Still regret not buying it, and still looking for one just like it, or two...

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Good call Danny, its not like they are making any more of them (that way at least;-) and inflation and taxes its not like your likely to find one cheaper later on... Other than once you buy one of something that you spent absolutely years looking for, then you run across several in quick succession often for less money, (buy those too ;-)  Good luck, and have fun. 

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Good call Danny, its not like they are making any more of them (that way at least;-) and inflation and taxes its not like your likely to find one cheaper later on... Other than once you buy one of something that you spent absolutely years looking for, then you run across several in quick succession often for less money, (buy those too ;-)  Good luck, and have fun. 

Hey thanks a lot, I just need an anvil and there you go the fun begins this summer!

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For most blacksmithing tools the price seems high but they will return that cost 10 fold when you use them to make stuff to sell.

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Something like that would easily sell for £2-300 over here. Well worth the money I'd say.

Modify it as you wish and let it earn some cash again.

Going from posts on here, kit seems to be very hard to find in Canada so snapping up any kit you can find seems to be the sensible way to go. You can always sell it on to get your money back at a later date, ;)

All the best
Andy

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