Anvil on the track and repair substantially

If an old anvil shows damage, repairing is not always possible or useful. Repelled or worn edges can in principle be compensated by material removal on the anvil web. Substantial damage such as cracks can only be repaired by welding and requires good knowledge of welding.

Build-up and substance damage

An anvil may consist of one or more components. Very old anvils are made from the joining of wrought iron and represent a homogeneous body dar. Modern models from the twentieth century are for the most part cast to date from cast steel. The steel track and / or horns may be attached or cast in one piece.

A crack is either due to a "forging defect" or arises at a point of attachment and corresponds in a figurative sense to a joint. If the crack occurs within a homogeneous anvil, electrical welding is inevitable. This requires a current flow rate in amperes adapted to the steel. For the success of the weld preheating and cooling intensity and duration are crucial. Without the necessary welding experience, repairing substantial damage in the anvil body is not possible.

If the crack corresponds to a "burst" seam, filling and "gluing", for example, between the horn and central part by welding may be possible. Welding skills are indispensable for these types of repair, which differ from electrical substance welding.

Repair the anvil track

Frequently worn edges and, if necessary, notches on and on the anvil path occur on old anvils. A surface removal by mechanical cutting with an angle grinder or a flex can make the edges "square" again. The difficulty is the maintenance of a flat anvil path, which is achieved only by very uniform removal.

If the anvil web has been attached, the existing material thickness must also be taken into account. In the case of separation of the web from the body, in turn, electrical welding is the only safe procedure. The basis of every successful welding and machining is always the thoughtful handling of temperatures. The softer the heating and cooling behave, the sooner the desired repair effect arises.

Tips & Tricks

If your anvil has so-called forged cavities that form trough-like depressions, the repair path is always to remove the elevated areas. With a "welding" of the depressions and dents you do not achieve the required hardness and resistance.

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