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Old 05-10-2019, 05:39 PM
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My neighbor is moving and gave me this anvil. I realize after a short google search that it is a low quality unit, however up until now I have been using the back of sliding jaw on my vise as a mini anvil...so free is well worth it. It looks like the horn has been repaired at some point but I am really wondering about the uh... ugliness on the body. Does it look like a repair, or a really bad casting. I will sand blast the area when I get time to have a better look. Opinions anyone? Thanks!
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Old 05-10-2019, 06:36 PM
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I think you summed up the situation in your description. Free, did not have an anvil before would seem to add up to a minimum %100 improvement over your previous status
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Old 05-10-2019, 07:15 PM
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I would lean toward bad casting, but the price was fair.
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Old 05-10-2019, 08:19 PM
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Looks like a poor casting. Likely a sand mold and the sand wasn’t filled/packed properly.


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Old 05-10-2019, 08:46 PM
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A little welding can fix up the casting issue. Price was right!!!!!
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Old 05-11-2019, 12:19 AM
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Any Anvil is better than no anvil .I vote casting .
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Old 05-11-2019, 08:10 AM
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Thanks all. I think I will sandblast it to get a better look first. If it is a bad casting it should be OK to just grind the extra flash off and paint it? I don't think it is worth doing the welding to repair it? Maybe a touch of body filler or epoxy before paint.
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Thanks all. I think I will sandblast it to get a better look first. If it is a bad casting it should be OK to just grind the extra flash off and paint it? I don't think it is worth doing the welding to repair it? Maybe a touch of body filler or epoxy before paint.
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I have a Chinesium Olympia 5" vise that they must have used pea gravel for casting sand. They then spread a Bondo-like substance over the outside of the casting, then painted it.

I also have some press plates picked up from HF that were similarly surface treated. This was noted upon first use! I now "protect" the surface with a 6"x6"x1/4" steel plate...
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Thanks all. I think I will sandblast it to get a better look first. If it is a bad casting it should be OK to just grind the extra flash off and paint it? I don't think it is worth doing the welding to repair it? Maybe a touch of body filler or epoxy before paint.
Why on earth would you paint an anvil? You been watching Martha Stewart?
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