Picked up a hunk-o-junk vise on EBay more as a curiosity than
anything. Shipping was about the same as my winning bid ($41.50 vs
$35). A picture is at
It's a fairly massive hunk of cast iron, about 35#. Faces are about
9"X3" and max opening about 13". After cleaning it up (surface rust -
150 grit AO cloth and oil got it off), it seems to work fine. Taking
it apart and cleaning was an adventure in torn up fingernails and rust
stained hands, but WTH.
BTW, the carrier that engages and disengages from the screw thread
DOES have a "fore and aft". One way the quick disconnect works, the
other way doesn't . DAMHIK!
Interesting thing is that the manufacturer's name and the model number
have been struck off, obviously with a cold chisel. I suspect the
reason is that this was a factory second. There are obvious
imperfections in the front face casting (deep pits, probably from too
much moisture is the casting sand).
1. Is my theory of a factory second reasonable? Was it common to
deface such products after production?
2. The part of the name that can be discerned is
"???? (Rock?) Island ILL"
The manufacturer and model number are totally illegible.
Anyone have an idea of who manufactured it and the model? DAGS was no
3. The throw on the handle is limited to about 350 degrees by stops
cast in the front face and the handle boss. It's obviously designed so
that one disconnects the screw thread by loosening, moves the vice
jaws into contact by sliding the front jaw in or out as needed, then
tightens with a 350 degree throw max. This limits the pressure you can
put on the object in the vise, but 350 degress moves the jaw almost
3/4 inch, so that shouldn't be an issue. Is this a common way of
tightening a quick release vise?
Any ideas appeciated. I'm going to mount this monster in the little
Sjoberg bench I picked up (EBay again), as a replacement for the
current front vise. Next is a Veritas twin screw shoulder vise!