Me being a new guy, and not very experienced, with Blacksmithing, I have a 162 lb PW, in decent shape; I would think any brand new anvil over 200 lbs would be a great gift to yourself.
I do not know for sure but for a home shop, not production, I would think the difference in weight of 50 lbs wouldn't make a lot of difference ! (I can hear it now) ! I too like the Refflinghaus, when I first saw one I wanted it but ended up with a PW, ($$$), that has worked just right for me and the smaller things I do, so if you are taking votes from Novice, inexperienced people, I vote for the 275 pounder, without a shelf... but only because I have never used a shelf and think I could make a Hardie to work a shelf in.
I looked on the Web at Refflinghaus Anvils... they are pricey ! JackP, Good Luck on your choice, good luck on your retirement ! Happy New Year to all and May God Bless !
Do It Right The First Time !
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