Portable vice

  1. armalites Member

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    I friend of mine had something similar is his workshop and it seemed ideal for those little jobs where you don’t want to be back and forth to the bench.

    Basically it’s two RSJ offcuts welded in a T shape. There is enough weight and stability but it can be picked up and moved around. Plenty of surfaces to work on too. I bought the 1 ton Record when they were cheap in B&Q a couple of years back. I didn’t even bother to square the bits where it was cut at 45 because it may be useful and would have taken longer

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  2. frank horton

    frank horton V twins are great but 4"s rule.........

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    think I'd just round the corners off.......u must be young, no way could I pick it up.........
     
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  3. aguycalledsteve

    aguycalledsteve Forum Supporter

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    Those corners are just begging to find someone shins.
     
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  4. 500e

    500e Always buy fire insurance, flood are hard to start

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    Blood on the handle already :(
     
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  5. Screwdriver

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    Did a similar thing with one of mine. Bolted to a half inch steel plate it is amazingly handy. Been banging on about it on here for years.

    Here it is next to my other "portable" vice.

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  6. armalites Member

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    I do plan to radius the corners, it looks a lot heavier than it is

    Red grease fortunately :laughing:
     
  7. Arc Tourist

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    Overseas I had a portable vise which was kept inside one of my truck's utility bed boxes. It was attached to a plate mounted on a piece of 2"x2" thick wall square tubing. When needed, I just slid it into the receiver socket for the trailer hitch and secured it with the pin; worked a treat. Here in the UK vehicle hitches all appear to be fixed. What is nice about the receiver socket set up is that other accessories can be fitted, such as a step to climb up onto the truck bed, a shelf for transporting extra gear, and even bicycle racks, etc.
     
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  8. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    I definitely couldn't lift that one up.....:ashamed: :vsad:
     
  9. Screwdriver

    Screwdriver Member

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    Actually thinking about it (and the other thread on Workmates), there is over 100kg on that bench in my photo. So I just looked it up and it's rated to way over 200kg!
    I still say you wouldn't want to release the catch though.
     
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