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  • #31
    Continuing in the vein of "what kind of bowling ball vise can you throw together in a half hour?" here is another version.

    Ingredients are a bucket with some ballast in it (plumbing junk in this case), a base from a metalbestos chimney, a small flange of unknown provenance, threaded to 3/8 inch, a piece of 3/8 inch threaded rod, and a piece of power line hardware that just happens to be vise-like, and which I'd been wondering what I ought to do with. And, of course, a bowling ball. Sorry, Jacquie, wherever you are, your ball is forever after out of balance.

    Just a hole in the ball, tapped to 3/8, and the rest is obvious. The chimney base has a bit of bite on the ball, so for light work holding, etc. it stays pretty well.

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    • #32
      Thought I'd resurrect the thread with a pointer to another site where I posted some stuff concerning a bowling ball vise......

      http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...03#post2886303

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      • #33
        Originally posted by 38_Cal View Post
        That vise is a Chinese copy of the old Versa-Vise that Brownells used to sell. I wore one of the Versa-Vises out probably six years ago, and got one of the copies, since the manufacturer ceased production. Brownells copied it too, and sell their made in USA copy as the Multi-Vise for $300 retail. I've got one of them, too, and the Chinese copy is almost as good as the original, with the Brownells version a distant third. IOW...save yourselves some grief, the offshore version's better than the American one, in this case at least!
        It looks like the Versa-Vise is being made in the US by another vendor. He is selling them on ebay for $50 plus $20 shipping. Shipping seems a tad high, but they vise is cheap so it may work out. I tried to order one on ebay but had reached my paypal sending limit until I link to a bank account and sign over my first born. They have almost 100 sales on ebay with positive feedback. Anyone tried this version?

        http://versa-vise.com/
        ebay link
        http://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-VER...item1e7700005b

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        • #34
          Years ago we had a vacuum base vise. Set it on a clean smooth surface and pull a lever- the rubber base was pulled up and sucked the vise down. It would hold for awhile, longer if everything was clean and air-tight. You could do the same by using a gasket around an opening to seal the ball, and an airtight compartment under the gasket. You can make a simple vacuum supply that works on air pressure, or you could use a hand-powered vacuum pump. I have one that's derived from a bicycle pump. Air powered would be simple though, and it only requires a shot of air for a few seconds to create enough holding power in vacuum.
          I seldom do anything within the scope of logical reason and calculated cost/benefit, etc- I'm following my passion-

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          • #35
            Interesting, Ive got to change the swivels on my landrover soon, and I'll have a pair of these to "throw away" as I will change them for ptfe coated units as theyre more corrosion resistant.
            Can you imagine what I'd use these for?

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            • #36
              Here's a floor mounted one with hydraulics!

              http://weldingweb.com/showthread.php?t=242831

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              • #37
                here is the exact link to the video of the guy's bowling ball welding table made from 2 disc brakes:
                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OnF6_V28DM

                -metalmagpie

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