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Fulton vise?

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Does anyone have a Fulton vise? I tried a search of the forums and came up empty. I got this one yesterday at a flea market for $40. It is a 5" that weighs #70 marked Fulton Machine & Vise Lowville NY.
I also took a picture of my old abused Reeds. The 5" has the back end of the box broken off, I am guessing from using it as an anvil. It works fine out to about 8", and cost $20. I also picked up a 3" Reed yesterday. It has the tongue(is there a proper name for this?) under the moving jaw broken off, and a piece chipped out of the back. It works as is, but jaw alighnment is off a little, so i will weld in new pieces someday. I am guessing it had some sledging done toward the moving jaw one time too many.

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I have a vice that looks very much like that one. All I know is that's its very heavy. I bought it from an old guy that had it laying in the weeds for $50. It was froze up so I had to pound the thing apart and clean it up. It cracked it a little bit but it still works very well. I had to cut out the old jaws and make new ones. It sits outside all the time but is very handy. Mine has 6" jaws. Its very old and I did look up on line for any information about it and came up empty as well. 

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My father brought these to me last week. I haven't found a place to mount them yet, and i dont know anything about them. The small fulton 5190 has a 3" jaw and what looks to be an anvil on the rear. The reed 404r has a 4 1/8" jaw. Both are quite heavy. I'm looking forward to using these after I find out the best way and place to mount them.

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The "anvils" on vises are NOT ANVILS. They are often fairly thin cast iron and doing in heavy hammering on them is a great way to turn an expensive vise into scrap iron.  A good chunk of steel from the scrapyard is a much better (and cheaper) anvil.  Save the vise(s) for what *they* excell at!

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I got a old fulton vise with a small anvil on it, horn and all, I'll try and post a pic later..I was wondering how old this one is and if it's worth anything, though I will definitely not be selling it

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Searching "Sold" listings on eBay will give you a decent idea of what people have actually paid for such things in the past (as opposed to what people are trying to get for them in the present).

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The anvil shaped face and "horn" on vises is NOT suitable for forging, the vise will break under any real use. Light use is okay, think straightening nails and such.

Frosty The Lucky.

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Posted (edited)
On 7/9/2012 at 10:19 AM, Bret888 said:

Does anyone have a Fulton vise?


 

hi bret. fulton vise were made in Lowville ny which is about where we live .it is a very small farming community in lewis county ny .hard to think there was a vise manufacturer there .fulton is a good sized town about 40 miles from Lowville .prentice vises were made right here too in watertown ny 20 miles from Lowville.  

 

doug

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excessive quoting

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Well that depends on the condition and the LOCATION neither of which you have provided.

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