Record 52A vise - kind of funny kind of tragic story and looking for advice

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Forum topic by whitechev posted 12-04-2016 10:29 PM 1587 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2016 10:29 PM

I found an ad on Kijiji for a ‘Record 52A’ vise. I had never heard of a 52A and after some research found an obscure forum post from the UK where it was identified from an old Record catalogue as being the same as a standard 52 but with a special sheild to pretect the screw threads. Sounded cool! And rare! In the kijiji ad pictures it looked like the front of the vise had been burned- kinda strange but I went anyway. When I got there I realized that what looked like a burn was actually a pile of booger weld. The cast front of the vise had cracked at some point and someone had attempted a really awful repair. I decided to buy it anyway because it didn’t seem like the crack had gone all the way through and I figured I could clean up the nasty repair a bit and put it to work. I got it for $20.

So back in the shop I started to clean it up and after a good amount of work I realized the crack did go all the way through and I broke the part in half with only minimal effort.


So maybe worth $20 in spare parts? Or maybe salvageable? Or maybe I could find a replacement piece?

Any thoughts?

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#1 posted 12-04-2016 10:38 PM

1. have it welded at a shop that welds iron.

2. mending plates.

3. something else.

mending plates won’t intrude on the use of the
vise if wood jaws are added that compensate
for the shape of the mending hardware.

Wood jaws are standard in woodworking vises.

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#2 posted 12-05-2016 03:03 AM

if your handy with a torch look up the process for brazing cast-iron. The most important part to working with cast-iron is preheat and post heat the material sufficiently. You should be able to find tables that give times of heating and cooling. Hopefully your wife doesn’t mind you sticking that vise in the oven for a few hours. At the end of the day any repair wont be as strong as the original but it should be usable.

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#3 posted 12-05-2016 01:55 PM

Brazing should work but will either cost you a little, or maybe a lot depending on where you live. (unless, like ajshobby says, you can do it yourself) I think Loren’s right on. If it were me, I’d put a steel or aluminum mending plate bolted to the 2 jaw pieces then cover the mending plate with a wood liner.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 12-05-2016 11:55 PM

Hey thanks for the replies. If I added a mending plate would I weld it in place? Bolt it?

I had a very skilled machinist/welder I know quote me $100 for the repair…. not worth it for me!

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#5 posted 12-06-2016 12:11 AM

My thought on mending plates is you would
drill and tap holes on either side of the
crack and stitch it up with mending plates.
Put epoxy in there if you like, but make sure
to add a sturdy wooden jaw face with recesses
routed or chiseled out for the mending plates
so the majority of the flat iron face of the
broken vise cheek is bearing firmly against
the back of the wood jaw.

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