Vise Picture Thread

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  1. Ptpalpha

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    I already know that I'm not alone in my affection for vises; a well-made, well-maintained vise is an invaluable addition to any workspace.
    I've seen a few nice ones recently here on BCUSA, so I thought it would be fun to get them all in one place.
    So post 'em up!
    I'll get us started with some that I own and some that I don't:
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    I don't have a nice vintage vice, just a Harbor freight run of the mill. I have my out for one though. Nice ones you've got there.
     
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    Good idea. Time to go get some pictures!
     
  4. Dale Bahten

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    The new one is my bosses 8" Wilton
    Next a 150 lb 9" Wilton bullet of mine made in 1973, got it at a yard sale for 30 bucks.
    Mounted on my toolbox I keep my grandfathers 3" baby bullet that's dated 1956 I believe.
    I also have a 4 1/2 inch Wilton bullet on out tig welding bench at work and a 5" post vise at home.
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    That bullet Wilton you got at the garage sale is my grail vise. So nice!
     
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    I bought this one in 1979. I was driving home from work and a fellow had tools spread out by the side of the road. I paid $35 for it, took it home and built the workbench it is still sitting in. Both have served me well.
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    This one was my dad's. He had an auto repair garage in a small town for about 25 years. His shop was pretty open and many of his neighbors used this vice. It was in a shed when he passed and thieves almost got it. They carried it about half way to the road and left it. I guess it got too heavy. I thought it was gone and then found it one day, very rusty and frozen up. I took it home and got it running as smooth as glass. It's on my shop floor, patiently waiting for some work.
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    Shoot, I almost forgot this little Buffalo. My wife picked it up a few years ago at a garage sale.
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    Utterly awesome, John! Your dad's old vise is a beautiful beast.
     
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    It truly is a beast. I'm guessing about 75 pounds. I need to make a bench for it.

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    A little bit of a project today. A small rusty Wilton vice and a larger Simplex for another day.
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    Here's that 4 1/2 sitting on top the old 9-600 and my post vice on a portable post for now. Bought the 4 1/2 with a broken leadscrew. Some one had tried to weld it but had it crooked and the weld broke. I dressed both ends in the lathe and braised it back together true. Held for over a year now. image.jpeg image.jpeg
     

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    That little Wilton is neat, no doubt the symplex is a quality unit. Nice grip-hoist too
     
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    It had a hard life before we acquired it. I'd bet it's had half an inch ground off the top by careless workers. They took the jaws down a lot too. So I made new jaws out of 1x1.5 cold rolled mild. They seem to be really grippy and I can get them warm or beat them up with no loss of temper and or high replacement cost.
     
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    You've got a great looking shop @Dale Bahten, and nice vises all over it!
     
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    Thank you sir, I'm lucky to work there.
     
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    Indeed!!
     
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    Here's my five dollar thrift shop Stanley voice, mounted on a piece of oak on my bench. I bought it brought it home and cleaned it up (a lot) and then realize it did not fit. Took me longer then I'd like to admit to get the oak and put it on over mounted.

    Once I put it on though I realize what an idiot it was for not using it before. Made several things amazingly easier.

    Good looking vices everyone, @Dale Bahten, I'm very jealous of that anvil and all the space/gear you got hanging around in there...
     
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    Thank you, that's my grandfathers 150lb Trenton on a stand that's too light for it. The shop doesn't belong to me, but that's where I work. They don't mind me bringing tools at all lol
     
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    Do they let you do your own work in there?
     
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    Yeah all I want as long as I keep the hours straight and don't charge them wages for doin my own thing. That's just the back corner, it's a full fabrication shop. Two bridge cranes, a 9'x22' oxy fuel/plasma table, 115 ton iron worker, 9'x11' surface ground platon, 36" throat vertical bandsaw, several drill presses........

    They have a lot of tools for a family shop
     
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    Not bad, good for you!
     
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    Here's another one brought back from the dead, a Ridgid bench top chain vise for pipe sizes from 1/8" up to 6".
    The chain was frozen solid with rust, after 3 days in vinegar it finally loosened up.
    Not thrilled with the paint job, but it'll work for now.
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    Vice...

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    Sorry.
     
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    Very nice
     
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    Wrong thread... That needs to be on a bench please.. :D
     
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    That chain vise looks great!
     
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    Panavise, a tiny clamp on and a hand vise for really small work pieces image.jpeg Everyone should have a panavise image.jpeg Found one hangin out in the garden image.jpeg Here's a nice Yost my dads had as long as I can remember image.jpeg That bullgear stand is one of the handiest stands I've ever used. Easy to roll around but still heavy enough to hold er down.
     
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    It doesn't look like it was used much, if at all.
     
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    I need a Panavise! And that Yost on the gear stand (complete with double duplex receptacles!) is the bomb.
    PC- that Wilton is going to be one serious jewel after not too much elbow grease!
    Awesome vises, guys.
    I need some more in the shop!
     
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    Here's my 101 pound post vise I found a few years ago at a garage sale for 40 bucks. This is after I cleaned it up, painted it, and made a movable stand for it.
    the holes in the bottom piece are there because it was a piece of 1/4" scrap I had
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    That's awesome!
    Here's my new target, it's a Wilton baby bullet I just discovered in the shop at a new job I'm on.
    It appears to be in excellent, although neglected condition.
    I want it! Going to try to make some sort of deal with the maintenance supervisor tomorrow.
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    At first I thought that it might be a case of someone having an old, beat up vise and didn't know how great it is, but then I went a little further into the shop and saw this:
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    So yeah, he knows his vises. No free lunch on this one!
     
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    I need a heavy one like that, if I recall correctly mine tipped the scale at 40 lbs. just a little guy.
     
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    Ya know, even though I don't fly-fish, I've always thought that those little articulating vises would be extremely handy to have.
     
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    Hadn't thought of that vise lol
     
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    I had a guy offer to give me an anvil and when I went to pick it up he said I had to take the "vise" too. The vise weighed more than the anvil and I had to disassemble it to lift it on my truck. Big Bubba is 175lbs. Oil can for scale.

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    That's a brute @ATsawyer. Great jaw set up on that one too.
     
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    Oh darn. Twist my arm and make me take the vise also. :rolleyes:

     
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    *Gulp!*
    That's a Goliath of a vise!

    Made a trade deal today, and now I finally own a Wilton.
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    Baby bullet!! Good vise, a lot stronger for the weight than anything else I know of that size. Good score.
     
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    Here's a few of mine.
    This one probly gets the most use. Not sure the make, something cheap. I've hammered on it a lot too, still ok though.
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    Here's my little homemade anvil vise. Very handy to a horseshoer.
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    Great grandpa's vise. March, 1903 Indian chief, 5.5" jaws. Kind of a marginal stand but it does what it should.
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    And one you never hardly see, a western fire tool vise and sharpening jig. It's the best thing ever made for sharpening a hafted axe.
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    40 lb post vice I got at an auction for $35.00 its been beat up but still works. This is right after I bought it, its since been cleaned up and the spring put in the right position.
     
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    My challenge, should I choose to accept it, is to start with this:
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    And end up with something close to this:
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    We'll see... patience is not my strong suit, and I tend to rush towards the finished product. But I think this one deserves the effort.
     
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    The clean one pictured is a hair older but I'm betting yours is just as nice under that patina.
     
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    I Love wilton's too.....
    Here's my bench vise at work. 4" jaw width. Its been missing the pipe jaws as long as I've been around it.
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    And this one I've recently obtained, and I haven't picked a place to mount it yet.
    4.5" jaw width, pipe jaws in it too. Really smooth still. Steel ruler there for scale, it's good size.

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    Step 1: general clean & lube, check out function and look for damage.
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    After seeing so much of the original paint was still intact I considered just stopping here, but after thinking about it a bit more I've decided to proceed with a full-on restoration.
    The only damage appears to be a small crack in the inner rotating disc, which seems to be a common ailment with these. A new plate is about $40 for the OEM cast one, and *gulp* $140 for a machined complete base unit.
    While I honestly believe the vise is worth the extra cash, ....no. Cast one will do.
     
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    Shoot, that thing looks fine just after a Cleanup. Lots of paint still there, jaws look good. How's it turn?

    Edited.....posted seconds too late!
     
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