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From Snapper Mower To Mobile Forge
An old Snapper riding mower inspired Jim Blackford to build the forge he had wanted for decades. He flipped the mower deck upside down and welded it to a stand that puts it at the perfect working height.
    And since it is on wheels, it’s easy to move wherever he needs it.
    After removing the mower blades, motor and seat, Jim mounted the deck to use as the firebox for the forge. He welded parts from an old chain hoist to the mower frame to create a flat area for an anvil. A used blower fan from an industrial furnace provides air for the fire.
    “He had some issues with the pump, getting the air to circulate right,” Michael notes, but got it to work by adding a plate with a few drilled air holes.
    Blackford burns wood to make coals for his forge, and when the coals are burned up, they are easy to remove using the deck’s side chute.
    Since he can roll it to wherever an extension cord reaches to power the fan, Blackford uses it to fix pieces of equipment like a 3-point hitch on a sickle mower. He’s also used the forge to create knives for relatives.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jim Blackford, 8926 Shelby 486, Hunnewell, Mo. 63443 (ph 660 346-6285).

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2018 - Volume #42, Issue #4