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  • Finally found a decent milling vise.

    I've been making due with a couple of small and frankly inadequate vises on my mill for a while now. I just couldn't bring myself to spend a couple hundred dollars on a good quality vise. Last week when I was fly cutting a 4" cube of steel it ended up coming loose and flying across my bench. That made me start a more serious search.

    Last night, I saw an ad on Craigslist for a decent looking vise for $40. I called this morning and made the 4 hour round trip and picked up this solid older vise. No markings on it that I've found, but I'm 99% certain it's not Chinese and probably 50+ years old. The jaws are in excellent condition (what looks like cracking is just some old white lithium grease) and the gibs are nice and snug... no play at all but it operates smooth as silk.
    While I was there, I picked up a couple of boxes of end mills and other assorted goodies so it was definitely worth the trip.

    Can't wait to get out there and start making some chips. I know it's going to be a HUGE improvement.


  • #2
    Interesting vise, maybe someone here can identify it.

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    • #3
      Not knocking it, just curious, does the base look original? It almost looks like a flat piece of plate to me.
      "I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer -- born under the second law of thermodynamics, steeped in the steam tables, in love with free-body diagrams, transformed by Laplace, and propelled by compressible flow."

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      • #4
        I think the base is original. There's a round depression in the bottom that leads me to believe that it had a swivel base (or at least the option for one). While that might be handy, I do have a small rotary table, so I can make it swivel if I need to.

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        • #5
          that vice looks heavy

          Be careful how much weight you put on the table. To much weight on your table will cause the column to wear.

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          • #6
            I started *collecting* these vices (john Stevenson terminology) anyway I too have some very big and medium and small all good condition.I fitted a compound table to my both drills so they now have vices attached.I look at yours buddy and say you got a real tool gloat there.very well done. kindest regards Alistair
            Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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            • #7
              It looks like the factory vise that came with my Deckel FP1 but the slideways look like box type. My Deckel vise has dovetail slideways.

              --Doozer
              DZER

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              • #8
                Looks quite similar to a ruckle as seen here.....

                http://spokane.craigslist.org/tls/2972631440.html

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Doozer
                  My Deckel vise has dovetail slideways.

                  --Doozer

                  Never thought about that but a nice built in anti-lift feature and adjustable for wear - although im sure the doves would see more wear patterns in certain area's, not a bad idea though.

                  Looks like someone applied grease to the vise jaws and then snugged them up for storage to keep them from rusting? - another good thought.

                  That vise is a brute, I really would not worry about the extra weight as that's a good thing for anti-chatter - just keep your machine lubed and all will be fine... heck half the time im running both the RT and the vise at the same time...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by high country
                    Looks quite similar to a ruckle as seen here.....

                    http://spokane.craigslist.org/tls/2972631440.html

                    So why, on what I presume is a vise mounted on a manual machine, do people drill the beJesus out of the bed of the vice like that? I can see an accident or two on a CNC vice (I finally did it on mine ) but I never came close to drilling into the vice on a manual machine.

                    I see it all the time in vices up for sale. Do some shops just not have time for parallels and all that?

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                    • #11
                      Me too!

                      I have the very same vise,paid forty for it as well.
                      Mine has no name or number,either.

                      Actually I picked up four vices in a package deal.Two kurts on swivels,one yusa,and the mystery vise.160$ for all.
                      Last edited by 1-800miner; 05-25-2012, 09:34 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Tell us about the Yusa.
                        Byron Boucher
                        Burnet, TX

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                        • #13
                          Yusa is likely Yuasa: http://yuasa-intl.com/aboutus.aspx Their spindexers and H/V 5C indexers are about as good as a Hardinge.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by photomankc
                            So why, on what I presume is a vise mounted on a manual machine, do people drill the beJesus out of the bed of the vice like that? I can see an accident or two on a CNC vice (I finally did it on mine ) but I never came close to drilling into the vice on a manual machine.

                            I see it all the time in vices up for sale. Do some shops just not have time for parallels and all that?
                            I would guess if you held parts for 70 years, you might be a victim of an oops. I try hard to take care of my stuff, but before I had to buy my own machines....I didn't give it near as much consideration.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by photomankc
                              So why, on what I presume is a vise mounted on a manual machine, do people drill the beJesus out of the bed of the vice like that? I can see an accident or two on a CNC vice (I finally did it on mine ) but I never came close to drilling into the vice on a manual machine.

                              I see it all the time in vices up for sale. Do some shops just not have time for parallels and all that?
                              I worked in a shop that had a Bridgeport Mill that had the beJesus drilled out of the table. You couldn't find a 4" circle of table that didn't have a hole in it.

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