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Hello. I inherited a Buffalo Forge with hand crank blower and screw in pipe legs, and I have some questions about it. First of all, it says 651 on side of the forge tray area. Any idea of when this may have been made?

Secondly, and more important, I am trying to figure out how to mount the blower to it. It was removed when I got it. There is a hole for a pipe on the bottom left side of the forge with two set bolts in it. There is a similar hole with bolts on the bottom of the blower. There is also a pipe that was bent to a 45 degree angle that I assume fastened the two together. I can match up the set screw holes in the pipe and fasten the blower to the forge, but it seems to be very unstable, with a tenancy to want to tip to the front (towards me) and to the left. This also puts the crank so I can stand straight on facing the forge and run the crank by moving in a circular pattern with my left hand. This works, but again, it is unstable. Is this the right way to set it up? Anyone have any pictures of one of these set up? I looked in the 1896 Buffalo Forge Catalog online and couldn't find anything, so I assume it was made after that.

Thanks for any help you could provide.

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A photograph would help us to see what might be causing it to tip over. However, in general blowers can be mounted either directly to a forge or separately with pipe legs, usually three pipe legs.

I have a 2 foot square semi-portable Buffalo forge, bracket to attach a blower to the forge (that no one wanted, and I don't use) and a blower attached to a separate stand. Buffalo made sheet metal forges in three categories, and they used to be fairly available when I started blacksmithing as a hobby in the stone age. ;-) Those categories were portable or rivet-forge, semi-portable, and the stationary models. Bolting a rivet-forge directly to a blower intended for a semi-portable or stationary forge, would likely result in the forge/blower combination falling over. The large blowers tend to need the weight of a larger forge not to fall over. For using a large/standard-sized blower with a small forge, I recommend mounting it separately on its own legs.

The pipe-legs on hand-crank blowers tend to be curved at the bottom, not straight. This curve on each leg widens the base and increases the stability of the blower.

I hope that helps.

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