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Hello fellow Blacksmiths, I was curious if any of you guys would know if there was a place to finance Anvils? I have a small 55lb anvil, it works fine, but now that I am expanding, to different projects, I am finding that it is not enough. Though with 6 kids, and holidays coming up, buying one outright, is not an option. I am a disabled veteran of Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom, and money is tight. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys.

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Try a small loan from the bank. Most of the ones I've inquired have a minimum of $1000 and you have to give them a 'good' reason for the money for example home or car repair or 'improvements' to your home. 

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I HATE borrowing money unless I have to. If you're selling product set a percentage aside in a "secret" account and save up. I'd have to have some firm commissions that would pay it back quickly before I borrowed to buy a tool even if I weren't making a "profit" on the commissions. The anvil is the profit. It's a capitol investment though.

Talk to YOUR bank though, credit cards are expensive money almost as bad as a payday loan. Emergency money only in my thinking no matter how happy the cartoon people in the TV ads are.

It's a tough one Brother and I'm not in your shoes so how I do things probably doesn't fit.

Frosty The Lucky.

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Check into a largish drop, much more affordable, a 4x12x12" rectangle or so and you have a big anvil! But then again look at what the Vikings were using, your little anvil is positively palatial in comparison. 

I'm with Frosty, drill a 1" hole in the anvil stump and stash "mad money" there. 

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where is your location...if close. I sometimes get lucky and find them on occasion...sometimes pretty cheap or up for trade. If close I will point you in the right direction if I locate one...

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I notice there is some kind of credit financing deal on paypal too. Saw it on fleabay for something matchless antiques had up for sale.

That could be an option as well.

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Just wait it out, that's what I did. I started with a RR track. I'm sure a good anvil will come around soon.

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I second Charles' idea about getting a big chunk of scrap steel at scrap price. All the horn related works you can do on your small anvil and the big stuff goes on the big fella.

Best of luck!

Gergely

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19 hours ago, Joe Ringuette said:

Hello fellow Blacksmiths, I was curious if any of you guys would know if there was a place to finance Anvils? I have a small 55lb anvil, it works fine, but now that I am expanding, to different projects, I am finding that it is not enough. Though with 6 kids, and holidays coming up, buying one outright, is not an option. I am a disabled veteran of Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom, and money is tight. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys.

Appreciate your service, that's a lot to balance with a family!

Where are you located?  There are always options, perhaps you can barter/trade with another blacksmith near you?  Maybe someone can put you on to an auction service that allows credit card payment but will allow you to outlay a lot less than buying a new anvil at Centaur Forge / Blacksmith Supply, etc...  Otherwise building a post anvil from a decent size drop or scrap of steel is a really good and affordable option.  

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19 hours ago, Joe Ringuette said:

Hello fellow Blacksmiths, I was curious if any of you guys would know if there was a place to finance Anvils? I have a small 55lb anvil, it works fine, but now that I am expanding, to different projects, I am finding that it is not enough. Though with 6 kids, and holidays coming up, buying one outright, is not an option. I am a disabled veteran of Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom, and money is tight. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys.

Thank you for your service. Where are you located?

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Join your local credit union. They are generally more friendly toward personal loans than banks, and sometimes they offer lower interest loans than banks.

 

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I agree with frosty. it is better to save up and get an anvil latter than to go deeper into debt over one. 

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Why not just get a tin or a jar - write "Anvil fund" on it. then stick $10/ $20 in the jar when ever you can afford to do so then put the jar away out of site some where. Before you know it you'll have enough to buy an anvil. 

I'll be doing exactly that to save up for some equipment I want just now. 

Andy

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4 hours ago, Everything Mac said:

Why not just get a tin or a jar - write "Anvil fund" on it. then stick $10/ $20 in the jar when ever you can afford to do so then put the jar away out of site some where. Before you know it you'll have enough to buy an anvil. 

I'll be doing exactly that to save up for some equipment I want just now. 

Andy

I do the same, except ANY spare cash or change goes into the jar, not just 10s and 20s! Make sure to keep it out of reach/sight of your fellow housemates (ask me how I know lol). After I get an anvil, or two, I'll probably use the same technique for all the other expensive tools I want  need. ;)

Also, keep telling yourself that if you made it this far with your current equipment, you can keep using it for a while longer. I have to remind myself of this every time I get anvil envy, which is increasingly frequent.

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Make stuff you can easily make on your anvil and sell quickly, simple bottle openers, etc. Make 30 of them, and you could make enough money.

 

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