O/T A mini wilton vise:
Found a new to me vise today, (at least i'd never seen one before,)
Went to buy a Wilton vise off a lady, thought it was a 3-4-5 inch model, (she had no idea),, but when i got it , WOW, it is the Wilton Baby vise , a 2inch jaw model.
The vise is mounted on a swivel base Manufactured by the Garfield Engineering company from Kansas City Mo.
The base not only swivels but turns, and the vise flips 360.
Found a date on the bottom of it, stamped 5th of 47.
Anybody got or seen one of these?
Sounds like the panavise design. Very handy for small items. I especially like them for soldering small components, as you can angle the work however it gives you the best access.
Agreed Jim, a handy invention used for many things. In reseaching this vise i saw where many of these were used in garages also for doing carb work/rebuilds, years ago.
Carbs are the dangest thing to hold or hang onto due to all the different shapes, other than the flat base.
The small Wilton on the swivel, I believe, predates the Panavise and is a bit smaller. They turn up on eBay from time to time and command a very good price.
Jim, there was one just sold on ebay , finished this afternoon, with a newer swivel base than mine, (mine is all cast), and it sold for $310.51.
Somewere, i think it was on the "Garage Journal" site, stated that the cast base on mine is earlier, before Wilton bought out "Garfield Engineering" in the 50's.
Wilton then altered the design a bit and cast the base out of aluminum.
(Sure is a well made cute little vise.)