the iron dwarf Posted May 31, 2016 Share Posted May 31, 2016 SOMETHING NEW FOR THE VICE SQUAD A little project of mine I hope to be able to test soon.... The Autovice the idea behind this is to make a vice suitable for hammering on ( unlike normal bench vices ) that is hands free for those jobs requiring frequent vice use and a good grip with smooth jaws. I started with a fork lift fork ( tine ) and cut it at the bottom to make the base of the vice and the fixed jaw then cut the base to length and cut another piece for the moving jaw.some rectangular hollow section was found that was a good fit for the slide and the jaw welded on to it, the slide had strips of brass added to the sides and there was a lot of grinding on the base to get the slide to move well and still be a good fit. next I need to make the mountings for both ends of the hydraulic cylinder, this will connect to the same power pack as my other presses but operating the foot switch will open it, when the switch is not down the vice will be closed. a feature I thought may be handy is to make the vice tilt so either the base can be level as normal or upright with the moving jaw going up to open. it is now nearly done, 2 more bolts, hoses, a little welding and it can be tried out then I will add the mountings to allow it to pivot and a cover over the cylinder Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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