Columbian Vise Problem...What am I missing?

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Forum topic by Matt posted 11-12-2014 02:37 AM 1077 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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11-12-2014 02:37 AM

I bought this Columbian quick-release vise off Ebay last month and mounted it to my workbench last week. Three times now I’ve been using the vise and the part that engages the screw (see pic 1) has come loose and fallen out. It has a hole drilled in it; a spring and a nail fit in this hole and act to retain this piece in the mount. So, when this piece comes out of its housing, it jams up the vise screw, preventing the vise from opening or closing, and then falls out, preventing the vise from locking tight.

I just took the vise off the bench and noticed that there are two threaded holes on the mount (see pic 2). It occurs to me that there must be some sort of cover that fits over the screw at this point to prevent that piece from coming out, and to probably hold some grease or wax in there too. There are two sets of numbers on the vise that could be the model numbers, but google searches come up empty.

Can anyone give me some help here as to what I’m missing? I reckon when it comes down to it, I’ll just rig something up to fix this, but I figured someone here might be able to help me out.



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#1 posted 11-12-2014 02:46 AM

I found a blog here in which member HHHOPKS restored a vise identical to mine.

I also found a garagejournal thread in which a guy found a source and parts list for a vise similar to mine.

The part that keeps slipping out is the nut and the part that covers it is the nut cap.

Looks like I jumped the gun on my first post!

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