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    Default Setup 2 shop vises

    I just setup a 8" Wilton vise and a 6" rotating clamp/pipe vise in the shop. I set them up at each end of a 4'x8' work bench. I've had them for over 10 years but never set them up in my previous shop so this is the first time I'm actually going to be using them.







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    I have one of the rotating kind, exactly like in the bottom 2 pictures. It's been a very good vise for a lot of years. I think you'll get a lot of use out of that one. The Wilton one is good too, of course, but not as versatile.

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    Yea, I'm looking forward to putting them to use. I agree, the rotating vise is definitely much more versatile. I love how you can both turn and rotate it.

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    If you set them both on one side of the bench, with the fixed jaws in line, you can hold long pieces of work much more securely.

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    They look like they are getting ready to conduct a duel across the bench of honor in hope of finding the favor of your affections....

    My own main vise is one of the larger rotating sort. I can't really tell if it's the same size as yours. Mine measures 11 3/8 to the normal jaws when they up up and level and the ram is 2 1/2" diameter. It's been a faithful and hard working companion for nearly 30 years. I think I'd rather give up my spleen than that vise..... The Wilton is no doubt a great vise too. But the flexibility of rotating the jaws has been very handy on many an occasion. And when I've been able to use the pipe side that too has been super handy.

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    I always thought it would be fun to take a beater Wilton bullet vise and turn down the exterior casting and make a beefy circular split mount to put it into.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robin R View Post
    If you set them both on one side of the bench, with the fixed jaws in line, you can hold long pieces of work much more securely.
    I'm keeping a space available for a Esak76's vise on each corner
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    Why does your shop always look like a warehouse of unused tools?

    Let's see 'em in action! Or at least throw some dirt around so they look like they've been used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCWKen View Post
    Why does your shop always look like a warehouse of unused tools?

    Let's see 'em in action! Or at least throw some dirt around so they look like they've been used.
    I'm getting there. My shop is almost all setup. I need to clean off my new welding table next. It became a dumping ground for everything else I'm trying to find homes for. I also need to assemble a bunch of shelves that are going up on my mezzanine and organize everything that's going up on the mezzanine. I need to change the oil in the surface grinder, and clean it up and I think that's it, the shop will be ready for projects.

    EDIT: Forgot I still need to cleanup the grinding/buffing bench and find homes for all of the junk that I stashed under it. I also have an Align power feed for the knee on my Bridgeport that I haven't installed yet but that could wait. And I wanted to run power drops for the surface grinder + BP instead of just running the power on the ground for them.
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    I just got an Asong knee feed installed on the BP. Well, everything but pinning up the wires. Got a tip for you; DO NOT follow the YT video install instructions. (Old iron man or something like that.) When he installs the extension shaft, he turns it up tight. When you do that, you preload the knee crank bearing. (Bad idea for that roller bearing and causes noise.) Also check that there's clearance between the extension shaft and the needle bearing in the power feed housing. I had to press the bearing forward and trim about .050" off the face of the extension where that bearing is not supposed to touch. Don't test run it until the crank sleeve is pinned either. Doing that will also preload the knee crank bearing or unscrew the extension shaft into the needle bearing.



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