JackP
Can any of you do a comparison between the Fontanini 250lb vs 460lb anvils?
No Reffinghaus anvils in sight and am now considering Fontanini.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Jack
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Marc
Well ... the shape is identical, the brand is the same, the only difference is weight. 

All I can say is that I have a PW in 280 and another in 480 lb and the 280 gets more use because I am doing smaller projects. If I need to forge large stock the 480 gets some workout. [biggrin]
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JackP
I agree with all that you said Marc.
But, the weight of the 460 gives it more width, not much but a little and more length that will probably just get in the way. The upset block is larger and on the side I'll be standing, plus the side shelf is longer and all added up will make it a pretty far reach.

I think if I had both, the smaller of the two would be used more.
The smaller is of coarse cheaper and shipping will be less.

These are the thought I've had since I made this post.

I think if Refflinghaus anvils don't become available soon, I go with Fontanini.
It is at least USA made.

Thanks

Jack
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Marc
They both are tools for different type of work. It would be a bit like asking should I buy a 2 lb or a 3 lb hammer. It depends of what you are making or planing to make. If in doubt buy both 😉 I have 5 but really only use 3. 

I heard the argument of needing to reach further on a wide anvil before. Sure if you need to work over the opposite edge you will have to stand closer to the anvil stand, and sometimes bigger anvils are set on too large stands that impede standing closer. More a problem with the stand than with the anvil. The shelf is a bit of the same scenario. What do you use the shelf for? I don't have one, wish I had. Very handy to start a scroll. 

Why are Reffies not available?
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JackP
Thanks Marc,

My anvil doesn't have a shelf, never used one but if it did I would use it for scrolls also.

I'm not sure exactly why Refflinghaus anvils can't be had right now. I've been talking to Dick Nietfeld for almost a year now and He says he doesn't have and don't know when he'll get any in. Dick is the USA Refflinghaus dealer.

Sure wish I could find a way around that.

Thanks

Jack
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JackP
How about the seemingly often overlooked #12 275 lb Rigid Peddinghaus.

Anyone have any knowledge of those?

Jack
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Marc
Email Refflinghaus directly. I did and got to negotiate a very good deal. I let it go only because I found a good deal locally. In hindsight I wish I had bought both. 
I seem to remember dealing with the owner directly. Nice guy and accomodating. he even organised shipping for a very decent price. 
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JackP
Thanks Marc, I tried emailing them about a year ago with no response .

I'll try it again

Jack
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