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Got a call from my machinist buddy yesterday and we tackled cleanup on the 230lb Hay Budden yesterday afternoon. Started on the bottom and followed that by taking a little off the top, cleaning off the scale and rust while leveling it. Any pitting in the face can transfer to your work. This is not a necessary procedure, just something I like to do to a user anvil. This particular anvil was made in 1904 and has a hard plate steel face on it. That plate is forge welded to the body at the time of manufacture and is about 5/8” thick (after machining). The tool steel plate was common of many American makers. Machinist buddy is an IH guy and has a nice 67’ 3/4 ton 4x4 pickup with inline 6 and IH 5spd, 656, and a couple IH semi tractors from the late 60’s.
So in one of the blacksmithing threads a couple weeks ago while everyone was talking about stuff @m.c.farmerboy mentioned having a large anvil. We had messaged back and forth about some other things before so I sent him a message asking about it. I enjoyed trying to figure out what everyone had in that thread and figured I’d get some more details and do the same for this one. Well, long story short, we came to an agreement and I own that anvil now. I had it shipped via Fastenal freight. Big thanks to MC Farmerboy for a new friendship and a nice transaction. I have always been impressed in any dealings I have had with Red Power members. Hay Budden anvil - 230lbs. Made in 1918 or 1919.