kerisman Posted April 25, 2010 Share Posted April 25, 2010 I just picked up an old post vise, the last of the basic three tools I need to get started smithing at home. This vise was caked with dirt and had a wasp nest in the end of the screw box! I wish I knew when it was made, where it came from, etc. Perhaps you could tell me something about it from these photos -- anything at all, I've got nothing on it. Based on photos I found online I think it is of American manufacture, not English. It has 5.5" jaws and is around 42" tall. I guess it weighs around 70 pounds. I don't know why there's a bolt on the leg, but it won't be there for long. The bracket wraps around the top of the post and around the spring bar. If not held in the vertical position, it will slide down to the pivot joint, which prevents the jaws from opening and closing when the handle is turned. Is this normal? When I mount the vise, I need to make sure the bracket stays at the top of the post. I'm planning to mount it into the ground outside the garage. From what I've heard, it should be okay to leave it under the stars if I spray it with WD-40 from time to time, same as the anvil. Right? Any info is appreciated! Karl Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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