View Full Version : Finally found a good deal

02-17-2011, 08:27 PM
Well, my nightly checks of the tool section on craigslist have finally paid off. I saw an ad for a forge table and anvil for a hundred bucks not to far from the house. I emailed her my number, she called today and I went and got them this evening. I ended up with a decent old anvil, better than the RR track I was using. It is a little to rusty, and I haven't cleaned it yet, to see what brand it is.
2 pairs of homemade tongs.....a spare working champion forge blower, a ? 36" ? tall working post leg vise 4" jaws, 2 pieces of 1/8" metal plate, a forge table with some type of hand cranked blower attached to it, half a sack of coal, an old Victor toolbox, and various little pieces of metal odds and ends.

All this for the grand total of.....$200.00. Think it was a good deal??

02-17-2011, 08:51 PM
Nice find for a 100

02-17-2011, 08:58 PM
I saw that on the Houston CL this morning, was tempted ,thought about it and was too lazy to drive up and look at it. I am glad a list member got it. 8^)


02-17-2011, 09:18 PM
Can't tell much about that anvil from the picture but yes, I do think it's a good deal. :)

02-17-2011, 09:43 PM
Um, um, pictures, great deal of product, a very reasonable Price.

Award worthy?


scatter cat
02-17-2011, 10:03 PM
Looks like a pretty decent deal. Most anvils sell by thereselves for 100.00 or way more depending on size.

02-17-2011, 10:08 PM
I went out and wire brushed the side of the anvil a little bit. Still can't make out what it says, but it looks like there is maybe an arm flexing a bicep on the side, with writing above and below. I know it looks like it has a metal plate fixed on the top. I guess this would mean that it is a plate of tool steel? And the arm and the lettering are stamped in, not raised so I guess this could mean that it is not cast?

On the extra blower I got, I can read the lettering on it. It is a Champion Model 400, last patent date on it is 1902, so I guess that is around when it was made.

02-17-2011, 10:10 PM
I concur. Great deal. Clean up the sides of the anvil and see if you can find the maker and weight

02-17-2011, 10:56 PM
Well I did some digging around the net, and I have figured out that I have an Arm and Hammer Anvil. I believe it is of the type that has a wrought iron body, a cast base, and a tool steel top. I think it is about an 80 pounder.
The more research I do on the stuff I got today, the better I feel about giving the lady 200 when she had said I could have it all for 150.

May sound bad, but I love divorce sales. ;)

02-18-2011, 12:27 AM
Well I really believe you did well:D
Congadulations on you find

02-18-2011, 12:31 AM
I think you did well, as well :D

02-18-2011, 08:30 AM
I also think it was a good deal, but more importantly, you think it was. And that's what counts.;):D

Brian C.
02-18-2011, 09:34 AM
You did quite well. a little clean-up and oil in the blower you will be in good shape (and make a new spring for the post vice). Good deal for you. Arm & Hammer is a high quality anvil.

jim hasslinger
02-18-2011, 10:06 AM
I said it you deserve it!


NC Fabricator25
02-19-2011, 08:07 PM
Without doubt, you got an awesome deal! :D

Arm & Hammer anvils are considered to be among the best, and you're right that it has a wrought iron base with a tool steel top forge welded on. If the top face and edges are in good shape, I'd think that it would sell on eBay for darn near the $200 you paid for the whole lot!

Around here I'd say $150-$200 for the anvil, $50 for the vise, $100 or so for the forge, and $50 or so for the extra blower. Yeah, you good a good deal. And good on you for giving the extra $50, it was certainly worth it and you'll sleep better for it!

Good luck with it, let us see it when you get it cleaned up and working!


Pyro J
02-20-2011, 12:25 AM
I'll say YOU SUCK!

If that had been for sale in this area the price would have been way higher.