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  1. NCPT

    NCPT Well-Known OPE Member

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    As my number of saws grow, and my ability to work on them increases, I have decided to upgrade from the dinky Irwin I currently have. So I'm looking for suggestions for a new bench vise. I have been scanning CL for a while for a solid Columbian or Wilton but nothing is coming up and I need a bigger vise sooner than later. I dont mind buying new as long as it is quality. I'm currently looking at the 5.5" Wilton Mechanics Pro.

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  2. Duane(Pa)

    Duane(Pa) It's the chain...

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    Steer clear of the HF Chinese junk... Vintage is the only way to go.
     
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    Duane(Pa) It's the chain...

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    Also, search vice, as a bunch are misspelled.
     
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    sawnami ONE OF THE GREATEST!

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    I prefer vintage/antique vises.
    We have around 20 vises in the shop where I work. The trouble-free vises are the ones that are over 40 years old. The newer ones often end up worn out or broken and not repairable. You can still get quality vises but they are very expensive and still seem to wear out quicker than the old ones. You can get replacement parts for the quality vises though.
    My favorite in my shop is a Charles Parker that is close to 100 years old. The swivel base is locked with a cast iron expanding brake shoe to hold it and it's immovable when locked.
    If you watch, you can get a great deal on one of these vintage vises. (I gave $30 for my Parker).[​IMG]

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    usmcbuckwild ONE OF THE GREATEST!

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    Was my Grandfather’s. He got it when he was a Carpenter’s apprentice from his Journeyman mentor. He told me it was pre-1900. Not sure if true or not but its OLD, heavy and works perfectly.
     
  6. beaglebriar

    beaglebriar "I have a potty mouth" + GFY

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    I'd hold out for a deal on an old vise. They're out there just hafta be patient.
     
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    Deets066 AKA Deetsey

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    I like my little Starrett, runs very smooth with one finger
     
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    NCPT Well-Known OPE Member

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    Nice vises. I would rather have an older one and will keep looking but I need something now. What size jaws yall find to be handy? 5-6"?
     
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    NCPT Well-Known OPE Member

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    I really want an old wilton bullet.
     
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    Al Smith Pinnacle OPE Member

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    There is another thread someplace about vises of which I'm not certain how many I have nor how many quality vises I've given away .All were old and most were free .Scrap passes from work when they changed the assembly lines and just bought all new .Then come the Kennedy tool boxes same same .
     
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    It's worth it to look at the scrap yard. The old vises are usually worth refurbishing.

     
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    CJ Brown I learned it from a hockey card...

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    I have this one. It made of ductile iron so it's pretty strong. It works smoothly and clamps strongly. Swivel locks into notches so it won't move. Everything works smoothly on it.

     
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    CJ Brown I learned it from a hockey card...

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    Did I mention it works smoothly? :jaja-no:
     
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    I got my vintage vise attached to a work bench. It fell off the truck before I bought it and broke the drive block which I replaced with a shaft collar. So if you're really desperate to find an old vice don't forget to check Craigslist postings for work benches to see what's already bolted to them.
     
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    Fruecrue I got wood

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    E87B7B88-2106-4D16-944C-7D4B9366FDEA.jpeg I could clamp a cylinder with a 4x4 on each side. :cool:
     
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    Moparmyway Its just a saw

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    Newer ones are great too, this here one is going on 20 years old, I believe that they still sell the exact same one 2A699CBD-4F37-49D9-AC5B-4BE1EE5AE538.jpeg A0171C29-F31B-48B3-94F2-B73CB7799FB0.jpeg E8CD536B-9FC8-4BEF-B22D-D07C0FA302B5.jpeg

    Great for holding everything, including your favorite cold beverage
     
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    CJ Brown I learned it from a hockey card...

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    beaglebriar "I have a potty mouth" + GFY

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    This was a locked up pile of rust when I got it. [​IMG]
     
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    What's the best way to open a locked up vise? I have a few that are jammed.
     
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    beaglebriar "I have a potty mouth" + GFY

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    I used electrolysis to free that one. The rust had it bound up.
     
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