Help! My vice broke :(

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Forum topic by pariswoodworking posted 09-05-2011 02:03 AM 931 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-05-2011 02:03 AM

I was working on a box today and while I was tightening by vice, the lever broke off of the treaded bolt. I don’t think I tightened it near enought to cause it to break because the board was still some what loose. It never had a lot of heavy use either, mostly light stuff. The heaviest work I have ever done on it was a walnut gunstock that I carved by hand. (my last project that is still ongoing) Was that enought to weaken it or do you think there was a flaw in the metal? Can I fix it or do you think Stanley will replace it for me (It has been a few years since I bought it) What should I do?

Here is the broken part :(

Here is what the vice looked like.

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#1 posted 09-05-2011 05:15 AM

Never hurts to call and ask, you might also be able to replace it with a threaded rod from the hardware store.

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#2 posted 09-05-2011 02:42 PM

Weld it up grind it down and hope that that section doesn’t need to thread into the other half of the vise. On old American Made vises standard Acme thread was used readily available at McMaster-Carr.
Had a problem when the plastic nut broke on my OLD Black&Decker Shopmate, They don’t make the part any more. I found out the the threads on that unit were dual threaded, 2 threads insted of 1 on the same shaft to make opening and closing faster. I replaced both sides with regular conector nuts and threaded rod. Still works but just doesn’t work as fast.

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#3 posted 09-05-2011 03:25 PM

Ok, I emailed them and should hear something from them in the next 24 hours. I checked and their hand tools do have a limited lifetime warrenty so they should replace it. If they don’t, I’ll try welding it back together or just getting a treaded rod from the hardware store and making a new one.

Thank you for your help.

-- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 09-05-2011 05:58 PM

mtenterprises : Off-topic I’m afraid, but although I do know about the Acme thread form, whenever I see a reference to it my mind jumps to all the machines, bombs, and other fantastic devices used by Wiley Coyote trying to bring about the demise of Road Runner. They were all made by the Acme (appropriate device) Company LOL

I’m not sure whether he could have tried to claim from the Acme Company when they always failed to work – but they might have replied that every time it was due to ‘operator error’ and he should “RFM!”

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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