View Full Version : ID a shaper vise?

Dave P.
02-16-2011, 04:44 PM
A few years back I bought a old shaper vise for next to nothing.
Original plan was to use it to clamp some weld layups....never did.
Anyway I'm doing some house cleaning and am tyring to id. what
brand it is. The cast iron jaws are 15in. wide and it will open about
the same amount. The movable jaw has HA-188 cast into it, main
casting has what looks like HA?? cast in it, can't make out the rest
of it. The beast was well built, way to big for my Bridgeport!
Has a swivel base with deg. marks.
I know almost nothing about big shapers and what were popular
brands....any ideas?

Dave P.
02-16-2011, 05:47 PM
I'll make an attempt of adding a picture of the vise.

02-16-2011, 09:09 PM
I don't know what it is but I know what its not, its not a G&E, pretty sure about that.

Mark Hockett
02-16-2011, 09:42 PM
Is it for sale? I need a decent vise for my 16" shaper.

Davo J
02-17-2011, 12:03 AM
Hi Dave,
I would also like to know what brand it is because I picked up one last year for $150, over here in Australia for my 24 inch Alba shaper.
Mine has 15 inch wide jaws and has ( HA 187 ) cast into it just below the oiler for the lead screw. It also has HA cast in a couple of other places like the base.
The one thing that gets me is you have to adjust the swivel base from underneath which seems like a pain because you have to remove the vice from the shaper to do it.





Dave P.
02-17-2011, 09:18 AM
Looks almost like mine, the casting could say HA187 by the oiler.
I was thinking it was a name that was worn away.
The swivel base looks different though.
This one looks like you could access the the clamp bolts on the
pivot with a open end wrench.
Seems like somebody would be able to id these.
Did the various shaper manufactures usually have their own
vise or were there lots of brands kinda like milling vises of today?
Mark....Not sure about selling it yet.
Suspect the freight would be pretty bad to Washington state.
Sorry I did not have a location in my profile.
Dave P.


Davo J
02-17-2011, 09:46 AM
Hi Dave,
I am pretty sure each manufacturer had their own vises.
My swivel base has 2 bolts from underneath that go through a ring which clamps the base onto the vise. Looking from the top I can see the 2 threaded holes between the ways, one near the fixed jaw and one further back.
As you said mine has a square base and yours is more round, but other than that and the jaws they are identical. Your jaws look to be made up from someone.
I have been thinking of posting mine up and then along come yours.

Did you get a handle with yours? I got one but it has been welded back together on one end and there is a fair few hammer marks pounded into it. Just glad they didn't take to the vise with the hammer.

I think it would be to big and heavy for Marks 16 inch shaper, they are a lot bigger than what the picture shows them to be.


Dave P.
02-17-2011, 12:32 PM
No handle with it.
I'd guess it to weigh in the 220-240lb. range.
So what shaper company used part numbers starting
with the HA...?