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Hello all, at the current moment my vise option sits as an old non rotating bench vice. It is heavy duty and I have beat the xxxx out of it over the last 9 months or so and it has held up just fine, but over the past week I aquire an Erie Anvil Vise #44 for free. Is it possible to modify this into a leg vise or would it be best to just give it a solid mount and beat on it from there? Thanks for your help 

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Nope, not possible. Welding a bar to it does NOT make it a "blacksmith vise". It is cast, and the way it is made doesn't lend itself to heavy hammering. I wouln't modify it and just use it as is. It is perfectly fine for twisting, and really most of things I use my post vise for would be ok in a bench vise.

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