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I have a 6" American made Yost on the bench in the garage, got it new a few years back for about $200 shipped when someplace in the Midwest was clearing out stock. UPS guy had a fit.

It's overkill for gun work but some other jobs have necessitated it.

I have a 4" Yost with rear swiveling jaw in the basement for gun work. That's pretty worn out though, have to turn the handle about 3/4 turn before the jaws moves. It's over 50 years old, doubt they have parts for that.


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I know that look from the delivery guy. The Wilton came bolted to a small skid, with a cardboard double wall box around it. The guy grunted it off the truck, and the box looked like they shot it out of a cannon to get it to the truck.
Dude dropped it off at the end of the drive. Wouldn’t help me get it to the shop. I was thirty years younger, so it wasn’t a big deal.

A 6” vise, built in USA, at two bills, was a great buy. Even a few years ago.

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I remember the excitement when my new Wiburt Versa Vice came....

I believe the cost on it about 25 years ago was close to 2 bills.

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I was very excited the day I got the notification that my Parker arrived, until I found it in the carport....



Looked more like a Butterball turkey than a box. Thankfully no broken parts.


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


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Just came back to me that when the 6" Yost was delivered about 4-5 years ago) it came in the factory shipping box. Somewhere along the way it was dropped on the handle which was bent. Yost replaced it though, under warranty.


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Just came back to me that when the 6" Yost was delivered about 4-5 years ago) it came in the factory shipping box. Somewhere along the way it was dropped on the handle which was bent. Yost replaced it though, under warranty. 118#'s shipping weight..




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I don’t believe a single Yost vise is made in USA at this point. When I bought my Wilton, you could still buy a Starrett Athol vise that was built here, but, that is over now as well.
Pretty much down to the remaining Reed machinists vise on the shelf at Greenshields, Milwaukee Morgan’s, which Greenshields is the jobber for as well, and Wilton. Only the top end vises from those companies are made in USA.
I’ve got a new, 3 1/2” Morgan USA swivel vise coming, will end up on a bench either here, or, at work, depending on what I think of it.

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Give us a review of that Morgan when it arrives and you've had a chance to put it through the paces


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Well, couple things to chew on....

The Wilton 3” is a 25 pound vise. The 4” Wilton is 50. There is not a 3 1/2” Wilton. The 3 1/2 “ Morgan is 35. Those are the weights of the non swivel versions, which, seems to give a better grasp of what you get in a vise. The weight of the swivel is not useful in comparison. But, I sprung for a swivel vise to put on a bench, not on a post. My gut feeling on a vise is if you have two identical jaw widths, with similar opening, the heavier vise is the one you want. As Craig noted, weight spirals off the chart as the size of the vise goes up, and I want a smaller vise, higher on a bench.
Both of the Wilton’s are hundreds of dollars more. That doesn’t mean a comparable Morgan is cheap, they are not. I expect the Wilton will be a more precise vise, but, will hold judgement until the Morgan is here. I have viewed plenty of older Chicago Morgan vises, the Milwaukee version is identical, but, newer. Better material than the pre 1950s version. With any luck, it will have improved precision of manufacture.

We will see.

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You've brought up precision in relation to bench vises. Can you please expound on what you mean as far accuracy/precision and why it's important in a bench vise.

Mike

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