Does anyone buy vices new? Someone must, but I never have – Bill’s Tool Store in the Barras is the place I go to for stuff like this. Last time I was there I got some ex-MOD V-blocks for £20 and a lovely big ex-MOD machine vice also for £20.
They also had some massive Eclipse vices, up to 8″ for about £100ish.Posted 4 years ago
Tbh thats how i work as well , buy the cheapest reasonable item , if i use it often and it breaks i replace it with something better.
Big ticket items i tend to spend a bit more to get something good first time.
At least if i dont use it again either the cheap item can be chucked/given away or the expensive item sold at not much of a loss.Posted 4 years ago
I figure you have to use something a bit to figure out what features you like / need and then maybe upgrade to something better. That’s really why it’s just screwed down, I wasn’t sure what position to stick it in with the rotating head, so I figured I’d just experiment a bit and move it if it didn’t work out well. Plus I need to fit a mill and lathe on the bench, so it may all move again at some point.Posted 4 years agomudsharkMember
Well I’m another person surprised at the level of interest in vices. I do remember poking around a market and seeing a stall with lots of 2nd hand vices so suppose these were as some have above – some were around £20 I think. I did consider buying one but didn’t fancy lugging it home but later saw Lidl were selling one for £12 so bought it – seems I may have made a mistake but works fine so far. I attached it to the work bench my Grandad made me when I was 8 :).
Posted 4 years agomcmoonterMember
Where are you all getting the model numbers from
The model numbers are cast into the sides. I believe the models are almost unchanged until they were made abroad.
The strongest vices have ‘steel’ cast into the body. These have a steel slide rather than a cast slide which makes the virtually unbreakable.
Keep your eyes open, if you are lucky you might find a bargain.
Posted 4 years agostucolMember
Got a Record No 23 that was my dad’s and is at least 40 years old. Works perfectly of course.
Did have a falling out with a Pals wife when i happened to say that he had positioned his incorrectly. “He is an engineer, he knows better than you” she says. I had pointed out that it was bolted too far back on the bench. But apparently i was wrong.
I wondered what happened the first time he tried to clamp say a foot long pipe vertically in it !
Oh look, it hits the bench. Engineer my arse.Posted 4 years agobedmakerSubscriber
I felt compelled to go to the shed and check my vice after reading this 🙂
I’m happy to report that my rusty old vice is indeed a Record, with the all important Steel casting too 😛
No 84 quick release, donated by my FIL after clearing out a lockup. Probably liberated from Invergordon Distillery many moons ago.
Bolted to a steel bench in a manly fashion and when clamping something vertically it sits 50mm off the front of the bench.Posted 4 years agoepicycloSubscriber
Just zipped out to the shed to check mine. 🙂
Record No 4. Bought it from a bicycle shop over 40 years ago when they were closing down to retire. The old guy reckoned it had been on the bench since he was an apprentice and probably from when the shop opened in the 1880s or 90s. Is that likely? Have they been making them unchanged all that time?
Cost me £1 and I had to lug it home 3 miles walking. I’ve never bolted it down, it’s too useful as a mobile tool, and hefty G clamps for when I want to fix it down. However it probably never gets the sort of heavy use it was designed for.
Now I’ll have to treat it with a bit more reverence. 🙂Posted 4 years ago
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