Show us your bench vice(s)

  1. atconut

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    no not really people that powder coat wheels will do it but it does chip if you bang it
     
  2. CRB

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    Not this week/month/year which ever runs out last. I am going to Pin It though.:ashamed:

    The other thing is that the anvil is on the moving part.

    Ahhhhh the bairn.:D
     
  3. atconut

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    there's a ball vice on flee bay at the moment no makers name but unusual and old
     
  4. eSCHEn

    eSCHEn Bit Wrangler Staff Member

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    This thread is almost making me feel bad for what I'm gonna do to a bloody swivel vice I have kicking about. That thing has taken my knuckles, knees and shins so many times it's now going to meet a plasma cutter.
     
  5. MattF

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    Don't you dare. (There's no harsh glare smiley, so you get a grin instead :D). Photo's? I'll try my damnedest to find a home for summat rather than it meeting the bin/skip, if it ain't just some modern cheap Chinese affair. :D
     
  6. eSCHEn

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    It's currently buried in a pile whilst I'm refurbishing my shed. Once it comes out I'll photo it for you. It's nothing special but is almost definitely not a Chinese import. It came from a joiner's mate who was selling his stuff for his wife as he'd died. This was ~15 years ago and it wasn't anywhere near new then. Jaws are about four inch and set up for metal not wood.

    If it turns out to be any use then it's yours Matt. I can't stand the thing as it's bitten me so many times because it slips.
     
  7. MattF

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    Cheers. :)


    :D Most swivels seem as if they were designed by Satan himself, don't they. :D That's why none of mine, barring the York's, are swivels, and they'll only get used for relatively light duty work because of it. Going flat on my **** when spragged against a bench pulling on something in a swivel vice has always been a vision in my mind. :D Swivels are very useful for certain tasks though. It's the old scenario of using everything within its limitations.
     
  8. atconut

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    I never thought there would be so much interest in vices. wish I knew earlier matt I've just got rid of two Leinens and a record 114 all too big for me
     
  9. eSCHEn

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    Not a problem. As much as I hate it I don't really want to kill it. Every time I look at it it makes me angry though!

    When I got it I thought it was amazing because I rent so don't have any shed/workshop space (have since moved several times). I used it on the kitchen bench and I can still feel the pain from when it rotated as I was filing something and my knuckles ploughed into the bench top.

    I got a lovely big Record from cumbriasteve and when the shed it done it will have pride of place. It's desperate for a new paint job hence my asking about various finishes.
     
  10. MattF

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    If I seem to be a while before posting again, it's just 'cos I'm sobbing away in a dark corner somewhere. :D Usually the case, isn't it. It's like when someone tells you they skipped something you've been after for ages, a week or two after they skipped it. Usually slightly too late to the ball. :D

    Is most of your collection of European/German origin? Sounds like you definitely have a preference for them over the English style.
     
  11. atconut

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    can't beat a good coat of hammerite
     
  12. atconut

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    yes I like the ones with the sliding rear jaw. hard to say why really but once you've got one the others seem loose and rattle about. when you wind a record in all the front moves from side to side. the dovetail slides are nice and smooth with little or no play. are you ready for another or have you had enough for one day? what do you think to the little fella?
     
  13. MattF

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    I'm gonna be chuckling all afternoon at that. :D


    I can feel your pain on that one. I've lightly skimmed my knuckles a few times, so can fair imagine how much you must have been cursing. :D


    Finish wise, depends what you're after. Powder coat is tough stuff, but like Atconut says, it does chip if you tey hard enough. The problem with powder coat is when it comes to touching up. There's not really any decent way to do it other than coating afresh.

    Enamel is fairly robust once it has cured for a few weeks, but will chip/scratch same as owt else. It's a lot easier to touch up though, if you feel the urge. The main point to remember with enamel is that it will be somewhat soft for the first month or so though, so to treat it kindly within that time.

    Personally, I go with the enamel. Easily done by yourself instead of relying on someone else, and easily touched up if needs be, and it is quite strudy once fully cured. Powder coat is obviously tougher though. Enamel is easier to remove, if you get the urge to strip it again in the future. They each have their plus and minus points.
     
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  14. eSCHEn

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    :hug: from here Matt. I thought that would be a kicker for you.

    I know the feeling; just asked a mate for some rotted muck from his horses and he paid a farmer to take it away not two weeks back :( Gonna cost a fair chunk to buy compost in instead.
     
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  15. eSCHEn

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    The idea of being able to touch up where needed is very appealing. Any particular brands to look out for or avoid? I see plastikiote spray enamel is pretty common and comes in nice bright colours.
     
  16. atconut

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    rustolium combi colours don't know if I've spelled it right very good tough paint but as matt says enamel takes a few weeks to fully harden
     
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  17. MattF

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    I'm going to have to try one at some point. Would like to see if I can take to that sliding rear jaw too. Never been able to make up my mind as to whether I'm liable to loathe or love that feature. Thinking it's possibly one of those Marmite type things? :D


    There's always room for one more. :D


    He's cute. :) Is that a Leinen/Boley too? Keep occasionally seeing similar come up for sale, and I've been tempted a time or two to get one to try. There never seems to be a makers mark on them though, from what I've seen, so I've always been a bit undecided.
     
  18. eSCHEn

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    I'm in no rush. I've never had a good vice my entire life (well, not one that holds metal well :whistle:) so a few weeks or month / two is neither here nor there really. Poor thing is weighing down a stack of OSB3 to straighten it right now.
     
  19. atconut

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    thing is if it's a record it will be a rather rough casting so if you paint it with smooth paint it will show all the rough bits. better off with hammerite on castings
     
  20. eSCHEn

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    Yeah but do they do it in a lurid pink? The rustoleum stuff comes in a nice bright red (RAL3020) which is close enough for me. Rough bits? It'll match its user then :D
     
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