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Ow do all :)

Theres an anvil for sale at a local auction, its a double bicked type, the measurements are 39" long by 5" wide. The base is 17" wide. There's no height except including the stand at 28 1/2". The Auction list it as aprox 200lb in weight. Thing is that seems low given those measurements. Can anybody give me a better guestimate than that?
You can see some damage to the top so this thing has to be heavy enough to warrent my attention, budget has to stretch :)


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looking at the anvil I would remove the two horns and add them back to the body to create a cubic rectangle that i would estimate to be 13"x 8"x10" or 1,040 cu/in. steel depending on type is about .2904 lbs/cu/in or about 300 lbs.

it would be fun to see how much it really weighs.

should we start a pool?

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I never knew John Deere made an anvil. Just kidding. Maybe the previous owner just painted his tractor.....and had some green paint left over?

I would, as Rich said,carefully check it out.

A guy I know bought a set of plows at an auction. They looked really good.....fresh coat of paint and everything.
When he got them home, he gave them a closer inspection and discovered that someone had carefully plastered the moldboards with a 1/2 in. layer of grease and then painted over it. Both moldboards were worn completely through!

The new moldboards he had to buy cost $150.

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philip in china
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Fester, for a young man, 280 ain't that bigga deal. When you get a little older, you may see that things of your youth perhaps come back to haunt you. Actually my guess was between 160-175 lbs. glad to see the world still has strong young fellas. I may need a hand someday. :)

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When I was young I used to lift my weight in anvils and walk them around. Now that I am older than I used to be I try to hold the lifting/walking down to half my weight and even then prefer to have the youngsters move the anvils and stumps while I do the brain work of deciding which tools to take to an offsite demo.

Recently I did load my 400# anvil in my pickup by myself; but used levers, rollers and a comealong and so never "lifted" it.

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