Help With New (To Me) Quick Release Vise

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Forum topic by DylanC posted 08-04-2014 02:47 AM 1024 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-04-2014 02:47 AM

Topic tags/keywords: quick release vise

Among a few other things, I found an older quick release vise at an estate sale recently. The seller intended it to be “bundled” with a tablesaw, but I offered him $10 and, just like that, it was mine. There are no real distinguishing markings on the castings, but it doesn’t appear to match any of the “standard” types that show up in a google search.

Everything but the handle is present and in working order, including a pop-up dog. The jaws are about 10” wide and 10” apart when fully open. The way it operates is a bit different from what I have read regarding other quick release vises. The screw has a notch machined along it’s entire length. The rear vise casting has a 1/4” wide by 2” long insert that engages with the screw. When the notch is in the 6 o’clock position, the vise opens and closes freely.

To clamp something in the vise, the handle is turned to the 6 o’clock position, the vise is pushed onto the workpiece, and the handle is turned until tight. If you turn the handle a full rotation, the notch aligns with the insert and the vise will loosen. The screw and handle assembly is also spring loaded, so the vise screw has a pit of front-to-back play before it it tightened. This makes it easier to engage the screw and begin clamping.

I am planning on bead blasting the castings and cleaning up the screw, guide rods, etc., followed by priming and a coat of hammered gray spray paint. Some hardwood jaws, a handle, and this should be ready to use.
I’d like to know if anyone has any experience with this type of vise. It seems like it could be frustrating to use. If it’s not worth the headache, I will just clean it up and sell it to get my money back out of it. On the other hand, for $10 plus the time and $$ to clean it up, maybe it’s worth keeping. A new 10” vise (with pop up dog) can easily cost over $100. Maybe I got a steal? What do you think? Also, what is a good wood type of the jaws? SOme maple and red oak are all I have on hand right now.

-- Dylan C ...Seems like all ever I make is sawdust...

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#1 posted 08-04-2014 08:08 AM

I don’t know if that is a great design for the quick release or not. I know that I have seen that design before and if it works why not use it. From just a quick glance at the photos there are some things I like. 1) 10” is a substantial jaw width, 2) The four screws for the underside bench mounting is also good, 3) The pop-up dog is a plus, 4) $10 is a great price, and 5) I like wooden handles better. They’re quieter.
If that was my vise I would proceed just like you’re planning with the intention of keeping and using it. If further inspection reveals flaws then I’d decide what to do then.

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#2 posted 08-04-2014 11:53 AM

I’ve got a similar vise (pic’s in my workshop). I got mine like you got yours, but I think I paid a little more.

Its the only quick release vise I’ve ever used so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but I like mine.

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