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$1.00 per pound?

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Bill Oakes

02-05-2001 09:54:23

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In a post below someone mentioned Grizzly having anvils for $1/lb. I can confirm; was looking at their catalog over the weekend. They also sell medium size combination safes ranging from 100lbs to 250lbs; also selling at about $1/lb. These are big heavy steel boxes with doors, drawers, insulation, hinges, casters, and combination locks. Can't believe I pay the same per pound for a simple cast steel anvil. Can anyone help me understand?

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Fred OH

02-06-2001 08:41:58

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 Re: $1.00 per pound? in reply to Bill Oakes, 02-05-2001 09:54:23  
Maybe I can help, don't know for sure. Pressing, stamping, shearing, bending and forming are all done by pushing a button on a machine. Resistance welding and painting are kinda easy jobs too, compared to the foundry. The casters and combination locks are items usually purchased from outside sources.
Forge shops and foundries are the toughies. Most prople wouldn't work in a gold mine if you had to wear sunglasses, or a pie factory, let alone a foundry or a forge shop. It's tough, hot, dirty, unhealthy environment labor belching a lot of nasty smoke in the air and chemicals down the drain. In my opinion, if you need the anvil,buy it now. In the future it may and should be $2 a pound. Maybe if this doesn't convince you, you could look into foundry practices online and see why most of it is going to Asia. L8R----Fred OH

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ltf in nc

02-05-2001 12:54:52

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 Re: $1.00 per pound? in reply to Bill Oakes, 02-05-2001 09:54:23  
The anvil is all metal. The safes are skin metal filled with concrete/insulation to get fire protection.

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02-05-2001 19:36:28

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 Re: Re: $1.00 per pound? in reply to ltf in nc, 02-05-2001 12:54:52  
I think you missed Bill's point. Why does something that takes more parts,time and labor to make cost the same as something that is much simpler and basic like an anvil. Correct me if I'm wrong on this assumption Bill. My guess is supply and demand. I suspect they sell a lot more safes than anvils these days. Also there is a lot of work in casting and cleaning an anvilso it may not be that much easier to produce.

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