Wagon vise was the first vise I built and used intensively during workbench construction.
It worked great from the very beginning, the only thing bothering me was poor steel-on-steel friction conditions just where the pressure applied – between crank and garter plate. The solution came from workbench smackdown thread guys: thrust bearings.
So one day I disassembled my wagon vise and upgraded it with thrust bearings. Plus I did couple of other things: shortened the handle (no need in long handle at all) and turned garter plate to make it horizontal to be able to place a shooting board or a bench hook there when I need.
Here’s upgraded version:
Can you see little brass button with a spring on the picture above? This is another improvements I put to my vise. This button sits at the end of vise screw and pushes it out to eliminate any play and chatter:
It’s interesting how those little bits make big difference!
And here’s the wagon vise put together after upgrade:
Now it works smooth, quick and effortless thanks to thrust bearings and little button on the spring :-)
Thanks for looking!
-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)