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Forum topic by chrisagnew posted 01-13-2013 06:19 PM 897 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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chrisagnew

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01-13-2013 06:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: vise bench vise quick release vise

Folks:

I am having a heck of a time with this vise. It is one of those quick release types that when you turn the handle two times you can just pull the vise open.
My problem is that the vise will close but will no longer open when I turn the handle. Pictures are enclosed showing the mechanism. The design is simple but to save my life, I cant figure out what is wrong. I have taken it apart and cleaned it, looked for damage etc but I just don’t have the knowledge to determine what is wrong.
If anyone has had any similar experiences, please share. The vise is about 5 years old, I have treated it fairly well and hope to get more years out of it as it was not cheap. I got this from Lee Valley.


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#1 posted 01-13-2013 06:29 PM

Should we assume that you’ve already contacted Lee Valley ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 01-13-2013 06:41 PM

I have a wilton quick release and it hasn’t skipped a beat. I also just bought and installed the pattern maker’s vise from Highland woodworking….it is awesome….tilts up, turns round and has taper adjustments for angled woods.

On my wilton, the only issue I have is with dust getting in the screws and mechanism – I blow it out after use now and use some non greasy lubricant (I use graphite on the screws) and that seems to have stopped any clogging that used to happen. I believe that there is a set screw or other adjuster that may be to blame on your issue.

I think your best bet though is like Dusty mentioned….get a hold of Lee Valley’s support team…they are really good….they should sort this out for you quite quickly.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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chrisagnew

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#3 posted 01-13-2013 08:32 PM

have not had any luck with lee valley, the lady tried but could not understand my question.

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Dusty56

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#4 posted 01-14-2013 01:26 AM

Was she the only one working that day ? Do they have a tech department ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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shampeon

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#5 posted 01-14-2013 01:37 AM

So you took off the cover for the quick release nut, but the silver assembly is still on there. Have you tried taking it apart as well? If not, do it, and clean it all up with some degreaser and make sure the spring and the nut are engaging the nut when you put it back together.

Pictures would help, too.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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chrisagnew

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#6 posted 01-14-2013 01:59 AM

have taken it completely apart and cleaned the heck out of it, throughly.

the nut that is behind the case is still there, it appears to be fine.

Three should be pictures posted at the top, the 3rd one down shows the nut, it doesnt engage when i want to open the vise, only when i close it. for some reason it doesnt engage but cant figure out what is wrong.

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#7 posted 01-14-2013 02:15 AM

Maybe you should call again and ask for a supervisor or a different technician?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Moron

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#8 posted 01-14-2013 02:20 AM

Sometimes when new, the corners ? on the mechanism that releases, doesn’t have enough miles on it and is stubborn like a teenager and like a teenager they sometimes need a good boot and sometimes a good angry thrust forward and a quick jerk backwards bang, convinces it to work like it should : )

Unlike a teenager, kindness is not required. Mine has at least 50 years or more on it, and to this day it has moments that make me question as to whether its angry or I am stupid but for the most part mine works flawless much like my kids when they were teens.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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shampeon

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#9 posted 01-14-2013 02:21 AM

The third picture down shows a silver nut, but there’s a screw on it. Have you disassembled that part?

These things are pretty simple mechanisms. There’s something to apply some pressure, like a spring, to engage the threads when tightening. And there’s something that moves the nut out of the way to release the threads when loosening.

And I assume you’ve come across this thread at Sawmill Creek?

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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