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Forum topic by kmerkle posted 09-18-2014 05:14 PM 1852 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-18-2014 05:14 PM

Hey folks,

I saw this Vise on craigslist and was wondering if anyone knows of it’s quality. It’s in the last image of this post:


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#1 posted 09-18-2014 05:33 PM

That’s odd. mouse over every other one of the small pics and it shows up in the large pic. But mouse over the vise and the page goes blank. The small pic is TOO SMALL to see the darn thing!

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#2 posted 09-18-2014 05:35 PM

The pic worked for me. Looks like a good vise. how much are they asking? I think for anything less than $50 you got a pretty good deal.

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#3 posted 09-18-2014 05:44 PM

Based on the screw’s handle alone, the vise looks like a Columbian. Mine has a pipe for the arms. If it is a Columbian, that’s a pretty good vise. I picked one up at an estate sale for $35 about a month ago:

Good luck with the vise.

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#4 posted 09-18-2014 06:11 PM

Hi, Looks to be a Craftsman 506-51890, which can be found on Ebay starting at about $100 with shipping and going up. I believe they were made by Columbian Vise which has identical vises with Columbian markings. I just purchased one and am working on cleaning and painting.

It is big and heavy and the screw threads look unworn. There is a bit of play in the front jaw and it racks about an eighth of an inch with moderate pressure.

An ID picture.

PS Does anyone know how to remove the slide pin from the dog?

I have replaced the metal dogs on my current vises with hard wood dogs, which have worked well and reduced the need for shims and pads.

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#5 posted 09-18-2014 06:16 PM

Yep, certainly looks like a basic 10in Columbian with that handle holder shape. A little clean up and it should be a very good vise.

PS Does anyone know how to remove the slide pin from the dog?

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The ones on both of my vises are friction fit into holes. It should just pull straight out.

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#6 posted 09-18-2014 06:31 PM

Can you see it possibly through a hole on the inside of the jaw. If you can you could use a pin punch to tap it out.

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#7 posted 09-18-2014 09:41 PM

Thanks Grandpa and Jay. No aligned holes in the face. So, a bigger pry bar. The pin looks friction fit but I did not want to yank out a screw fit and have to deal with the damage.

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