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  • Need to replace my weld table vise.

    Today I went to tighten my vise and it broke in to two pieces. I’m looking to replace it with one worthy of heavy fabrication use. What is a good vise to look for? I don’t care I’d it’s 100 years old. I want one that’s overbuilt and heavy.

  • #2
    Look into blacksmith "post/leg vise".... Built to take hard abuse, the are with cast or forges steel no like most machinist's vice which are cast iron...

    https://www.blacksmithsdepot.com/post-leg-vise

    https://www.ebay.com/b/Post-Vise/13869/bn_55191956

    Dale
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    • #3
      rlu_tech, Welcome to the forum. Here is a link to a video of a fellow testing vises to destruction:

      https://bangshift.com/general-news/t...all-and-lives/

      It is quite a fun watch. His bottom line is: (a) no cross holes in the threaded shaft. (b) have the threaded shaft as large in diameter as you can find. (c) select the vise with the finest threads on the threaded shaft. (d) stay away from rotary bases because such accessories are very delicate.
      He mentions that the common vise is about 70 pounds. My vise is the Wilton Tradesman 5-inch wide jaw. It has stood me well. It survived his test to destruction in 'rebuildable' shape by not having the castings fail. ~0le
      "If a problem can't be solved, enlarge it." (The 34th president of the United States)

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ~0le View Post
        rlu_tech, Welcome to the forum. Here is a link to a video of a fellow testing vises to destruction:

        https://bangshift.com/general-news/t...all-and-lives/

        It is quite a fun watch. His bottom line is: (a) no cross holes in the threaded shaft. (b) have the threaded shaft as large in diameter as you can find. (c) select the vise with the finest threads on the threaded shaft. (d) stay away from rotary bases because such accessories are very delicate.
        He mentions that the common vise is about 70 pounds. My vise is the Wilton Tradesman 5-inch wide jaw. It has stood me well. It survived his test to destruction in 'rebuildable' shape by not having the castings fail. ~0le
        Have extreme dislike for vices with rotary base.... Can never keep them from turning...... A spot weld helps though....

        Dale


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        • #5
          I like rotator, I have a 5, a 6 would be even better. Click image for larger version

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          • #6
            I have several vises. The Parker is on my welding table. I agree about fixed base vises, but I have to have a swivel on my toolbox vise.
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            • #7
              I try to keep the real hammering to a minimum, they make iron for that. The pipe jaw locators always been kind of crappy and guilty for not fixing them. I abuse this and like the rotating head and the pipe jaws, I use them a lot.
              Iam not a collector and while I do have some floor space I like to keep it so we use 1 vise. My Dad bought this long time ago at a farm type store maybe and I had it a while before I really used it.,. I broke my old fixed and was in a hurry and bolt this up and like it sooooo much better the swivel works good, the rotator does. I gotta tack the jaw back in, this is really used hard, if it broke beyond repair would replace it with the same thing/type tomorrow.
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              • #8
                The object isnt to break it but to use it to get work done.
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                • #9
                  A buddy of mine has an old vise that probably weighs 100+ pounds. It's huge! I think he got it for free from his work. He was the harbor master at the Port of Richmond (VA) for awhile. Worked on cranes and whatnot.
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                  • #10
                    I missed my chance at a monster,,, but in the end its like a lot of things. Do I need something that works or do I need the "best" or a premium product and how much specialization do I need? I do more general work every day with simpler tools similar to what I started with or well proven at least. Today am back to the first paint gun, first wire welder and early stick machine, do use plasma though and some grinders. .
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                    • #11
                      I dont usually watch that stuff but the Irwin multi would be my choice in that test.
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