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On 2/26/2023 at 9:59 AM, int 504 said:

I've had a few with the number 55, 75 etc. that is always close to the weight. I've never seen one with a date. I have a Colombian that needed some restoration and a new lower leg with a C on the bench plate and a 20 on the vise that corresponds to the 200 lbs. it weighs.

Upon closer inspection of my vise the 20 is the most visible part of 1920 which would be a logical date of manufacture. We used to call these post vises years ago. A large post was set in the ground in the blacksmith shop. The anchor plate went on the top of the post and the bottom of the leg was attached to the post with a large staple the eye of which fit around the lower leg under the flange. I have only seen one set up like this but the elderly man who was selling it assured me it had always been that way. I still have that vise somewhere and the staple hopefully will be with it. I'll get some pictures at some point. The vise was heavy and large but that's all I remember about it. I bought a caulking vise at the same time that is probably keeping the other one company.

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I had a “caulking vise”. I found it awkward to use and sent it down the road in favor of the striking anvil/vise combo I built. The latter weighs 350lbs and the striking plate is 2” thick.  Legs are full of sand.  It can be moved like a wheel barrow.  image.thumb.jpeg.193d6024a7c5614a40f642bb603f2e39.jpeg

 

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New addition….. This is a Polish made FPU brand vise from a local sale. It opens backwards and you can adjust the ways (or gibs? I’m not a machinist) and take the slip out of the jaws on these. My FIL looked for one for a long time that had 6” jaws and finally paid a fair amount for one. I feel like I did pretty good on this one.  It came with magnetic aluminum jaws also. I have it completely apart, cleaned and covered the blueish paint with a satin clear to protect it. All the polished areas are greased and will clean off before re-assembly. Will post another pic after. 

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1 hour ago, hardtail said:

Some of the eastern bloc stuff was made pretty well, Czech etc...

There was a larger 8” version of this vise in the lab at the filter mfg I worked for at one time for a short while. It was super stout. My FIL is an engineer there and liked it so much he went and found a 6” version recently for himself. This one just popped up at a local sale and had poor pictures. I figured I would clean it up and keep it around until somebody needed a spare. Fleabay is pretty proud of them so they may have some value. 

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You guys have some really nice Vices! Here are a few pics. Of an American Scale Co. #77 swivel jaw vice that I picked up about a year ago.  It’s got a few nicks and dings on the top side, but it still works good.  It has an anchor with U.S. stamped on the end of the main screw (by the handle). I guess it spent some time in the U.S. Navy.   This is the first swivel jaw vice I have seen in person. 

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1 hour ago, Mackb61st said:

Picture of the U.S. Navy anchor 

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That’s a nice one and cleaned up really nicely also. I’ve seen several swivel jaw vises but never went after one. 

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15 hours ago, Mackb61st said:

You guys have some really nice Vices! Here are a few pics. Of an American Scale Co. #77 swivel jaw vice that I picked up about a year ago.  It’s got a few nicks and dings on the top side, but it still works good.  It has an anchor with U.S. stamped on the end of the main screw (by the handle). I guess it spent some time in the U.S. Navy.   This is the first swivel jaw vice I have seen in person. 

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I've got a Colombian that has a removable pin like that, will have to check if it also swivels in a similar fashion.

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On 7/1/2023 at 1:25 PM, Mackb61st said:

You guys have some really nice Vices! Here are a few pics. Of an American Scale Co. #77 swivel jaw vice that I picked up about a year ago.  It’s got a few nicks and dings on the top side, but it still works good.  It has an anchor with U.S. stamped on the end of the main screw (by the handle). I guess it spent some time in the U.S. Navy.   This is the first swivel jaw vice I have seen in person. 

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Ok, so I looked at the Colombian today, pull the pin and it pivots just like the one shown. Might have to utilize that function in the future.

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On 6/30/2023 at 3:38 PM, Sledgehammer said:

you can adjust the ways (or gibs? I’m not a machinist) and take the slip out of the jaws on these.

The adjustable component is a gib.  “Ways” are the parts that slide against each other.  Probably short from “slideways”. 🙂 

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Another followed me home. I’ve never seen one of these in person. Post vise with no post?  It’s actually a wagon tongue vise. Made to fasten around the tongue of your wagon.  Jaws are 4” wide.  Work kept me from attending the sale but I left a bid with the auctioneer (in person sale). Picked it up this morning.303681F4-1130-4032-B680-E4A2E40F7A8B.thumb.jpeg.eeb4b10f81c9a9f4d916bcdc9e2a400f.jpeg99AFACA8-2C7D-495F-85BD-859CC575FFA9.thumb.jpeg.819f2220420d243826de2551137850a3.jpeg

It was loose so I took it apart for cleaning and servicing. 
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2 hours ago, Sledgehammer said:

Another followed me home. I’ve never seen one of these in person. Post vise with no post?  It’s actually a wagon tongue vise. Made to fasten around the tongue of your wagon.  Jaws are 4” wide.  Work kept me from attending the sale but I left a bid with the auctioneer (in person sale). Picked it up this morning.303681F4-1130-4032-B680-E4A2E40F7A8B.thumb.jpeg.eeb4b10f81c9a9f4d916bcdc9e2a400f.jpeg99AFACA8-2C7D-495F-85BD-859CC575FFA9.thumb.jpeg.819f2220420d243826de2551137850a3.jpeg

It was loose so I took it apart for cleaning and servicing. 
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That is quite a find. Glad it ended up in the Sledgehammer vise museum 👍

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12 hours ago, yellowrosefarm said:

That is quite a find. Glad it ended up in the Sledgehammer vise museum 👍

I enjoy cleaning and fixing them when I get a little time. I’ve got a couple that need to find new homes probably.  
 

Fleabay has these wagon tongue vises being fairly valuable, but I’ve never found people that will pay fleabay prices either. I normally don’t sell stuff like that but if I find someone that needs one and I have extra then they go away to a new home for a fair price. 

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4 hours ago, yellowrosefarm said:

The sledgehammer rehabilitation center for misfit tools?????

Sledgehammer is a misfit and keeps buying tools you mean? 😂😂

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1 hour ago, nomorejohndeere said:

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I’ll sell you a nice manual vise way cheaper. That is pretty cool but there is a very limited number of buyers for things like that. 

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On 7/12/2023 at 3:08 PM, Sledgehammer said:

Sledgehammer is a misfit and keeps buying tools you mean? 😂😂

No, it's the rest of the populace that doesn't recognize the value and significance of this stuff that are the misfits!  It's really inspiring to me to see you find these gems and lavish attention on them.

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