Ah, so many beautiful parts, and I am quite jealous of all your equipment. Well, I would be, if I didn't live way out east like I do, where even buying metal is a challenge for my very poor language skills
I don’t know where I could get another piece of high-quality US made tempered aircraft stainless, unless I ordered it on the Internet. I got that when we lived on a nuclear bomber base in Utah.
It was strange, as a kid, I had access with my bicycle, to military places that would be much better secured nowadays.
We used to get abandoned stuff from military junkyards to build treehouses and fake machine guns. I remember riding my Schwinn up to see the trailer mounted mobile ICBMs in a parking lot.
My father was in the strategic air command. I was there when they brought in the atomic bombs, and made Hill Field a B-52 bomber base. That’s the closest I’ve ever been to plutonium before or since.
As for the equipment, most of the electric stuff you see is Chinese made, although it has held up well for me as a hobbiest. The electric bench grinder belonged to my father and it is at least 50 years old. I sharpened his lawnmower blades on that grinder 100 times.
Really, the most important thing is the steel workbench, which is Genuine World War II US navy surplus. Nobody builds things that thick anymore. It was a gift from another mechanic.
I also have an industrial air compressor with a 30 gallon tank. It is only 4 CFM but 100% duty cycle. You can buy a 4 CFM compressor nowadays that weighs less than the flywheel on this one. I paid $300 for it NOS in 1984, but you couldn’t buy something like this new, nowadays. The iron is way too thick. Designed in the 40s.
I want to brag on and on, but I must tell you that I am very jealous of the fact that you have rural property. I live in the suburbs on 1/3 acre, and although it’s very nice, there’s a limit to how much noise, smoke, fire, and blacksmithing I can expect my neighbors to put up with.
There’s no way that I could run a real forge here or have a power hammer, my wife will never move back to the country, and there’s no way I could afford a second property.