View Full Version : Vertical Vise - Doozer's Shop Update

11-18-2016, 07:04 PM


11-18-2016, 07:42 PM

What I have is a factory made unit called a Verti-Vise. More like a 4" or 5" Kurt vise with a base cast to mount in the vertical orientation.

When I got it at auction 15 or so years ago the company was still around, apparently gone now.

Googling on "verti-vise" you can see pictures in an ad for a 7" model for sale.

11-18-2016, 08:14 PM
I saw a vertical vise sort of like Doozer's at a shop that modified automotive ignition distributors. IIRC the shop built it themselves. Great find!

Spin Doctor
11-18-2016, 09:09 PM
Of course today for a vertical vise the CNC type vises, conventional rear fixed or the reverse front fixed that are intended for mounting on their sides in adition to mounting on their base can fill the same role. Doozer's almost looks like it could of been meant for production work

11-19-2016, 05:43 AM
Loved the video! spectacular vise.

11-19-2016, 07:43 AM
Thank you for the complement Tony.
It does not compare with your awesome videos,
but you and others on youtube inspire me to try.

The vise for sure was a fixture vise, made for production work.
It came from a door closer factory. I believe it was made to
hold the pinion shafts and to drill and tap the hole in the square
end of the shaft for the bolt that secures the closer arm.
There is a block with a drill jig bushing that bolts to the top that
I have removed for the video, but I kept it. I did take the vise
off a spacer block and also a base. The base had an arrangement
to index the teeth of the pinion gear of the shaft in a certain way,
so maybe it was also used to cut the square flats for the closer
arm on the pinion shaft as well. All these parts were super heavy
and weighed about as much as the top part of the vise that you
see in the video, so I scrapped them due to them being too
application specific. I just thought the vise would be useful in my
shop, not the whole fixture. But the workmanship on this vise
is just superior. No doubt a tool and die maker made it. I just
could not see having it get thrown away. That die lift cart in the
video, it too was in the dumpster. We have other, newer die carts
around the plant, and they are no where near as good of a design
as this old die cart. The ease of use and balance is wonderful.
Nobody thinks when they design new stuff. It is not about function
it is about tricking the customer into buying it, and about cost.
Not like quality stuff years ago. In my shop I use the cart to take my
vises and rotary tables and such off my shelves and put them on my
machines, things like that. When I use it, I think of how great
manufacturing in America used to be. I like to surround myself with
things like that because it makes me feel better to own something of
quality in this world, instead of the made in china, race to the bottom
type of stuff, which really makes me angry to own and use. Maybe our
next president can do something positive in that regard. We will see.
Thanks for watching.


11-19-2016, 08:16 AM
I love that vise..............it had to be quite a task to get the jaws to close up on center and repeat. What happens after wear and tear has set in ??


11-19-2016, 09:36 AM
Thanks for the video. You have an great shop!

I would really like to own some of the great iron you have. I have what I have because it is better than nothing at all.

I'm a believer that we can bring the manufacturing back. But I will tell you that it is an up hill battle, and it will be a grass roots movement. Government isn't going to do it. Tenacity, hard work and dedication, the stuff my grandparents and great grandparents had when they immigrated here is the stuff we need. And a personal vision to contribute. The older I get the more I realize the government illusion.

The need for quality practical education is great in the engineering side of things. By practical, I mean get your hands dirty and do something. Wright Brother type stuff where we take some theory and put it in gear, ignore the naysayers and work towards a vision.

What I love about YouTube, and other platforms, is the ability to reach out to a wide swath of people. To educate and build each other up is a wonderful gift.

Forrest Addy
11-19-2016, 10:10 AM

It's official: on the strength of that nifty vertical double acting vise alone you get the 2016 "Your Suck" award. The check and trophy is in the mail to somebody else. A "You Suck" award means you not only get nothing but since you are a cynosure of envy, somebody else gets your prizes. So there.

Seriously, great score. Beautiful design well crafted and I bet accurate as hell. When you get some spare time, check it out for square, parallel, centering, and repeatability. I'd be interested to know its juicy secrets.

Mike Amick
11-19-2016, 09:23 PM
Damn dude ... that shop HAS to come in handy ... specially to a mechanic.

Theres some serious stuff in there ... nice.

11-19-2016, 11:04 PM
very nicely equipped shop.