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#556591 - 10/07/19 06:29 AM Re: Best Bench Vise [Re: Woodreaux]
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I used a 4&1/2" leg vice I bought form G & S Holloway for 39 years for most of my work.I also had a 5" leg vice used on the barrel bench .Before that I used leg vices of similar size for all my time at W & S . Additionally for very occasional use I had a 4" engineer's vice .

If only one was allowed the 4&1/2" leg vice would have done for me .

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#556597 - 10/07/19 10:35 AM Re: Best Bench Vise [Re: gunman]
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gunman,
All my German gunsmith friends normally used leg vises, while often having a heavier( don't know German brand) vise also. They all had removable wooden jaws ,usually also 1 set faced with leather.
Mike


Edited by Der Ami (10/07/19 05:25 PM)

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#556598 - 10/07/19 10:41 AM Re: Best Bench Vise [Re: Der Ami]
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I have a baggo Parker vises big and small, but for all around use, I use a #973, a medium size swivel base model. They must have been in production late in Parker history because most of the ones I have seen have been in good to excellent condition. I have never seen one like you pictured, but it looks like a good choice. I have a 180 pound monster on one bench but it just gets in the way, does not swivel, but it looks impressive.

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#556607 - 10/07/19 01:58 PM Re: Best Bench Vise [Re: Woodreaux]
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I have a Chas. Parker 288-1/2 if anyone is looking.





Edited by Recoil Rob (10/07/19 02:02 PM)
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#556611 - 10/07/19 03:28 PM Re: Best Bench Vise [Re: eightbore]
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Originally Posted By: eightbore
I have never seen one like you pictured, but it looks like a good choice.


I had never seen one before either, but I think it will be great for what I'm hoping to do with it.

I came across the idea of a Coach makers vise while reading a post on GarageJournal called everything you need to know about vises. (For those interested, their 'vises of garage journal' page currently has 75,239 posts. They take their vises seriously.)

What I liked about the coachmakers/patternmakers/woodworkers vise is that it looked like a hybrid of a standard machinist's vise (heavy duty) and a versa vise (tall thin jaw faces).

I especially like the looks of the Reed 224 1/2.



My Parker 674 1/2 should arrive tomorrow. And I'll post a photo once it's in position.
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#556612 - 10/07/19 03:55 PM Re: Best Bench Vise [Re: Woodreaux]
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Originally Posted By: Der Ami
gunman,
All my German gunsmith friends normally used leg vises...
Mike


I'd love to have a blacksmiths leg vise just for the nostalgia of it, if for no other reason, but my shop is too small to have a good spot for it.

I do have a leg vise, but it's on my Roubo-style woodworking bench. It's got a 2" wooden screw and is attached to a bench that weighs a ton. I decided to gussie it up with a little carving.



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#556617 - 10/07/19 05:28 PM Re: Best Bench Vise [Re: Woodreaux]
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Nice job.
Mike

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#556644 - 10/08/19 05:15 AM Re: Best Bench Vise [Re: Der Ami]
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Always used lead vice clamps [ jaws ] when holding metal .Just smelt and re cast when worn .
Cork and or felt for holding stocks or barrels by the tubes and always cloth around them all when holding finished and easily marked parts .

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#556709 - 10/12/19 10:35 AM Re: Best Bench Vise [Re: Woodreaux]
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Going to the 5” Wilton machinists vise got you an 8” opening, over the 6 1/2 of the 4”. The 6” and larger models had cuts on the exterior of the jaws to bolt the replacement jaws to the vise, and, to my eye, created a weak spot right where it wasn’t needed. The 6 and 8 inch Wilton’s are horrifically expensive, the 8” is over 4K.
Comparing the upper end Wilton vises to products made 50-100 years past is like comparing an F16 to a Saber jet. The Wilton machinists vise is sealed, lubed, keyed, has an unbreakable nut, serviceable jaw facings, is rebuildable, and is built of superior ductile iron. It hasn’t had a century of abuse pounded onto it, and the company that built it is still right here, and will sell you the things you need to keep it going. I should get a set of smooth jaws for mine, but, haven’t, yet. The rubber faced aluminum soft jaws have been excellent, thus far.
There are two smaller vises in the shop as well, a 4 1/2” Craftsman that was a Christmas present from my Dad, and a tiny little Red Devil clamp on, that was his vise when I was a child. The flat jaws in the clamp on make it handy to straighten a cotter or nail without tearing it up, but, the small vises don’t actually get much use.
Some thought went into the mount that was built for the Wilton. Being able to walk to the back of the vise and having a clear shot at the anvil, as opposed to working only from the front, is a game changer. I’d never go back to having the main vise on the bench.

Best,
Ted

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#556854 - 10/15/19 09:47 AM Re: Best Bench Vise [Re: Woodreaux]
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I'd buy this one.

Versa Vise
http://www.willburtversavise.com/shop/kbwd9agpekwg9uyxn57iai6aflkso0



I've had this one for 20 years. I use it mainly for wood working and holding guns/barrels while I clean or work on them.

Here's the drop in leather padded attachment I made no chance of marring metal or wood with these...the taller jaws of this vice have an advantage over most vices with short jaws.


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