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1 hour ago, Matt Kirsch said:

To circle back around to Fireball Tool, has anyone else seen the new hardtail vise he just introduced?

Never made it past the price tag…. Got an email from Fireball tool over a year ago to pre-book a vise. I’m sure they are very nice quality but no thank you. At $1800 it better come with a trained operator to run it for you.
 

You can find one like this that is a comparable size and opens wider for around $16-1700 less….

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1 hour ago, Sledgehammer said:

Never made it past the price tag…. Got an email from Fireball tool over a year ago to pre-book a vise. I’m sure they are very nice quality but no thank you. At $1800 it better come with a trained operator to run it for you.
 

You can find one like this that is a comparable size and opens wider for around $16-1700 less….

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Let me know if you want to sell that one.

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23 minutes ago, Finney said:

Let me know if you want to sell that one.

Not in my plans to sell that one. It took a fair amount of cleaning from the day I picked it up and brought it home. By the time I was finishing I had my (at that time) 3 year old spinning it in and out with one hand. I made a new handle for it.90148C68-8834-42FE-B5F0-4CE65851347A.thumb.jpeg.3d39941da0c83c2b2d60b84bb09f91f9.jpeg  

I may send the FPU and a Bull Dog tin smiths vise down the road some day but they are smaller.

 

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Here is the photo of the 200lb post vise. I finally got out to where it is as I needed to get something for the antique truck and tractor show this weekend at the Owls Head transportation museum. The weight doesn't include the stand. I haven't weighed the whole thing. The weight is just shy of 200 as my homemade lower leg is a length that suits me rather than an exact duplicate of the missing original. Jaws are just under 8" wide.

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2 hours ago, int 504 said:

Here is the photo of the 200lb post vise. I finally got out to where it is as I needed to get something for the antique truck and tractor show this weekend at the Owls Head transportation museum. The weight doesn't include the stand. I haven't weighed the whole thing. The weight is just shy of 200 as my homemade lower leg is a length that suits me rather than an exact duplicate of the missing original. Jaws are just under 8" wide.

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Extra heavy duty!

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2 hours ago, int 504 said:

Here is the photo of the 200lb post vise. I finally got out to where it is as I needed to get something for the antique truck and tractor show this weekend at the Owls Head transportation museum. The weight doesn't include the stand. I haven't weighed the whole thing. The weight is just shy of 200 as my homemade lower leg is a length that suits me rather than an exact duplicate of the missing original. Jaws are just under 8" wide.

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That is a treasure for sure. The larger the better. You either did a very nice cleanup job or it was immaculate before. 👍🏼👍🏼

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On 7/11/2023 at 4:21 PM, 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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Had some more time to work on this project. Takes a while to totally clean ACME threads. All the rust cleaned off and a good wipe down with linseed oil for protection. It lasts well and retains a vintage look while being clean. The threads get a coat of anti-seeze.  It lubricated slightly and stays there forever 😊

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Interesting thread, I have been missing this one. 
I have to say I see way too many unmounted vises, it’s like seeing a truck without tires.  
Here’s a trash find mounted to an old mixer shaft that’s mounted to a 47 WC. I think it is a Reed 5”,,,,I’ll have to look. It comes in handy in the yard, I was scraping an old RV just to save on getting a dumpster, tons of staples and screws, so the vice was a huge help.IMG_0779.thumb.jpeg.00f65d03220e3c047788422d360563d9.jpeg

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A couple of small ones for drilling, but I find them very useful in machine tool disassembly as well. The little Dunlop has jaw inserts see for odd shapes. A small Starrett parallel clamp beside one I made and a stout no name that I repaired a bar-ash of over drilled holes. Note the nozzle protector on the spay can . I have lost too many spray cans to a broken nozzle so I started making these several years back. IMG_0961.thumb.jpeg.5a713b3110faef44f43b3d5009141a41.jpeg

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2 hours ago, just Dave said:

A couple of small ones for drilling, but I find them very useful in machine tool disassembly as well. The little Dunlop has jaw inserts see for odd shapes. A small Starrett parallel clamp beside one I made and a stout no name that I repaired a bar-ash of over drilled holes. Note the nozzle protector on the spay can . I have lost too many spray cans to a broken nozzle so I started making these several years back. IMG_0961.thumb.jpeg.5a713b3110faef44f43b3d5009141a41.jpeg

Love the o ring on the handle idea.

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One of my favorites the Chas Parker feels so precision for a bench vice. The swivel base is locked by a pair of brake shoes in the base that expand with a cam turned by the square wrench. You can lock it up with one fingers pressure. It has a very nice detent in the handle hub crisp serrations in the jaws.IMG_0965.thumb.jpeg.9ec2718d4954a1ca50e3102328d67a7f.jpeg

The Wilton takes the brunt of my abuse. It does not have a handle detent so it gets the O- ring . The base swivel has coarse radial serrations so it locks positively with little pressure on the swivel locks. The bench it’s bolted to is heavy empty and it is not empty. The top is covered with fixtures, pressing  and bending dies so the bench doesn’t even wiggle when I use a six foot cheater. The jaw serrations are very good condition on this vise also.

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That Keven my puppy cat, he follows me around like a puppy:)

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54 minutes ago, just Dave said:

One of my favorites the Chas Parker feels so precision for a bench vice. The swivel base is locked by a pair of brake shoes in the base that expand with a cam turned by the square wrench. You can lock it up with one fingers pressure. It has a very nice detent in the handle hub crisp serrations in the jaws.IMG_0965.thumb.jpeg.9ec2718d4954a1ca50e3102328d67a7f.jpeg

The Wilton takes the brunt of my abuse. It does not have a handle detent so it gets the O- ring . The base swivel has coarse radial serrations so it locks positively with little pressure on the swivel locks. The bench it’s bolted to is heavy empty and it is not empty. The top is covered with fixtures, pressing  and bending dies so the bench doesn’t even wiggle when I use a six foot cheater. The jaw serrations are very good condition on this vise also.

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That Keven my puppy cat, he follows me around like a puppy:)

If you remove the front jaw on the Wilton, they are actually date stamped from when they were made. (You may know that already). 

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15 minutes ago, Sledgehammer said:

If you remove the front jaw on the Wilton, they are actually date stamped from when they were made. (You may know that already). 

I did not know that, thank you.

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1 hour ago, just Dave said:

I did not know that, thank you.

It’s part way back on the underside of the tube key of the front jaw. I may have pics somewhere. This one is 6-51’

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My vice is 5" jaw will rotate and base rotates and about 50# came from china in 1983, has been used almost daily and will be used today. Believe I paid $60 for it. I consider it to be the best Chinese tool I own.

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If you watch the video comparing the fireball hardtail vise to Wilton and Oregon, the hardtail is pretty impressive.  It's much stouter and actually  clamps tighter with the same force on the handle because of its straight through design and thrust bearing.  And if you compare prices by the pound its half price of the other two because they're higher and lighter.

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