Show us your bench vice(s)

  1. Vono Member

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    Wow that's very nice.well bought.
    What sort of size is it? difficult to tell.
     
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  2. FR518

    FR518 Member

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    3” jaws
     
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  3. dannysheff Member

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    are you still deciding which make of extra large vice to go for, vono? fixed on Parky?

    I believe fr might have some monsters as a suggestion as well as the fine 3"
     
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  4. Vono Member

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    Hello, yep still deliberating and trawling ebay regularly (thing is i need it posting and that reduces choice).
    I do like Parkies but am certainly considering all options.
    Thing is I'm set on having just one 'beast' and in future (whisper in case Soph is nearby :laughing:) maybe another smaller one, so getting it right on the biggie is important.
     
  5. cr500dom Member

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    I used a length of CDS tube with a notch cut out of it, over the screw to allow me to lean on and compress the spring enough to pop the pin back in on mine, worked ok.
     
  6. cr500dom Member

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    And here is, said freshly restored, early No.75 holding the CDS tube used (in its new pipe jaw) to reassemble the spring

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  7. dannysheff Member

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    be-j, will you look at that - immaculate

    (glad to see a bit of junk on the floor - the bench top & vices are so clean, puts some others, like me, to shame)
     
  8. cr500dom Member

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    LOL, trust me, id love it to be that clean always, but it took a day to clear up the pile of stuff on that bench before taking the shots and its slowly being reclaimed a bit again now...... problem is, horizontal surfaces just attract stuff :doh:
     
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  9. SteveB58 Member

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    Thanks for the heads up. Don't intend to ever take it apart again, but you never know.

    Steve
     
  10. Asphalt70

    Asphalt70 Member

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    Wow, they are both nice and both old ones. My imp is a newer version.
     
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  11. cr500dom Member

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    yes they are both early ones
    I have a nice early record No.83 to do next as another keeper

    seen here with the others

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    and I’m currently cleaning up a more modern Irwin Record 5ton swivel vice too

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  12. Asphalt70

    Asphalt70 Member

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    Really nice job!
    I like the rounded spindle.
    The Irwin is made in England I guess?
     
  13. cr500dom Member

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    Thanks, no I think the Irwin is a later one, although they don't list it in their catalogue anymore for some reason ?
    Its a handy size, but the bar thickness is significantly less than the old english ones, which tells me that is the fuseable link in the system, bend the bar (as on this one) rather than snap the casting :doh:
     
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  14. cr500dom Member

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    Freshly rebuilt Record No.55

    non standard but period colour
    Good for another 60years + again now :thumbup::thumbup:

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  15. Leigh2892 New Member

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    Folks, I'm after a bit of advice. Recently picked up a Fortis 3 jaw swivel engineers vice that was pretty badly neglected. Having stripped it back to bare metal I'm now looking to repaint it, but what colour? I don't know what it would have originally been as it had already been repainted at some time in it's life. I like the green one pictured below but would like to keep it as original as possible. Also anyone have any idea what sort of age it is?
    Thanks in advance. Leigh
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  16. dannysheff Member

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    great find, Leigh.

    Sorry, can't answer your question with authority, but I think I have seen several photos of Fortis with paleish grey green (could even be faded from the colour you show).

    Any clues from hidden parts of your vice?

    And be careful - with a vice like that, you could easily become a collector if not already - you certainly need a few more.
     
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  17. Leigh2892 New Member

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    Thanks for your reply Danny. Not really many clues on colour as it was very badly rusted and over painted. My best guess is a light blue. I just couldn't pass up on it, I'd not seen one with the 2 swivel jaws before and it looked such a sad state.
    I'm guessing that there aren't many of these about as I can't find much info on the internet regarding them.
    Leigh
     
  18. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    Welcome to the forum, Leigh :waving: As said ^^^, that's a great find.
     
  19. Arc Tourist

    Arc Tourist Forum Supporter

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    Welcome to the forum, and nice find ! :)
    When you say...…. " would like to keep it as original as possible. ", you may be heading down that slippery road to vice addiction, which to many of us here, ain't a bad thing. :D
    Green is a great colour. :thumbup:
     
  20. Rannsachair

    Rannsachair Forum Supporter

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    Picked up the pipe clamp attachment for my Record No 74 today (an Ebay seller in Ireland).
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    it has a magnet built in so it can be retained against the vice body:
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