View Full Version : Here's a slick vise

04-20-2009, 11:55 AM
My neighbor gave me yesterday... Said his dad gave it to him, but didn't mention when.
Stamped on top of the jaws is "hi-test", "Made in Poland", and "No. 327". Jaws are 4" wide, open to 6.5", has an adjustable gib, and interestingly enough it's the back jaw that moves...


Anyone seen one of these? Do they have a name?


04-20-2009, 12:08 PM
Hey, maybe this was designed by the same guy that came up with "reverse Polish notation!" It really makes a lot of sense, since you have a goodly width clear of the edge of the bench, but for real wide stuff it is almost on the bench.

04-20-2009, 12:43 PM
So when your pounding on the anvil part your really pounding on the ways. Oh yea, thats probally why it has adjustable ways!! After all it is polish!!

daryl bane
04-20-2009, 12:50 PM
I have a very nice German vise, Schleigle? that is designed the same way.

04-20-2009, 12:59 PM
I thought that the front jaw on an engineers vice moved so that long items could hang down away from the bench, the polish vice pictured a thick object that had depth would hit the bench.


tony ennis
04-20-2009, 01:20 PM
The OP's vise keeps the weight over the bench. Less tippy? Less 'moment arm' when hammering?

04-20-2009, 02:32 PM
Thanks for the pics.

I alway like to see 'out of the box' thinking. There are so many regular vises and I thought I'd seen them all - now you've added a whole new class. :)

04-20-2009, 02:46 PM
Those gibs look better than the cross feed on the lathe I just sold.

04-20-2009, 04:25 PM
I always thought that a shaper vise should be made this way so you work against the fixed jaw.

oil mac
04-20-2009, 07:13 PM
Good thinking Bud, Seems to me to make a lot of sense, Some of the early old draw cut shapers, cut in towards the frame of the machine, but they were always huge powerfull things.

John Stevenson
04-20-2009, 07:46 PM
Daryll is correct, there is a German vise built that way that is very sought after, can't remember the name but I have an old rusty one under the bench that the scrappie gave me.
It's something like fingermitzentrappen
Some guy keeps ringing me up wanting to buy it but I'm certain he just wants to clean it up and Ebay it so sod it, it can stay where it is.

Never appealed to me because I was always taught that you hung two pieces of metal down from the jaws, slid it back on the bench then fastened it in that position. With the moving rear jaw this isn't possible, I'll dig it out tomorrow just to get a pic and the name off it.


Charles Lessig
04-20-2009, 08:54 PM
I had one of those but a crack started in the moving jaw. It
didn't make a good arbor press so it went to an electronics tech
who wanted to hold citcuit boards.

04-20-2009, 09:20 PM
So when your pounding on the anvil part your really pounding on the ways. Oh yea, thats probally why it has adjustable ways!! After all it is polish!!
I know most of us are guilty of it, but most smaller vices are not really designed for "pounding" on. This one has a swivel base and I reckon it would be great for light work, particularly filing.


04-20-2009, 09:50 PM
There was an American vise, the Yankee, made by the same folks who made the Yankee screwdriver that works the same way, I have a few.

They came in several sizes and had a bench mount that swivels. The vise could be removed from the mount and used separately as a drill press vise as well. Very handy little vise, I have one mounted on a piece of angle I clamp in the large bench vise for fine work.

It makes me dizzy(er) when the wrong jaw moves.

04-21-2009, 08:13 AM
I had one of those also until I gave it to a son who was just setting up house. Bought it for about $30 in 1975. A nice vise for its size, and I never had any problems with it. Kim

A.K. Boomer
04-21-2009, 08:55 AM
I don't like the beating on the movable jaw deal, despite what some might say that's what that flat on the back jaw is there for and If I find a flat anywhere in site and have a hammer and something that needs to be beat on then its going to be used, that being said --- if used in a typical fashion the vise has better "anti- squirm" qualities than a standard one --- the two jaws will not move sideways or up and down from each other much at all and if they do just adjust the gibs, Yes it has that typical polish assbackwards quality about it but you have to admit its much more practical than there single jaw chuck...

04-21-2009, 09:27 AM
but you have to admit its much more practical than there single jaw chuck...


I have no intent on pounding on the moveable jaw. Gib or no gib. That's what the el cheapo Columbian vise from Homey's is for.