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picked up a couple of larger post vises

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I recently picked up a couple of larger post vises.. ( when it rains it pours )  the second one came along unexpected but these larger ones don't come along around here as often. so the price was right, so I grabbed it... these are how they look now. the first has 7 1/4" jaws and very heavy ( haven't weighted it yet but over 150 lbs. ) the threads are good and have actually been keep well greased .. it  came out of a old sugar beet factory, and after a bit of negotiating became mine..  it needed a pivot bolt and I got a square headed 7/8" bolt and nut for it..  the other one has a 6 1/4"  Jaw, and is newer and more neglected but still has good threads . its about half as heavy ( or feels like it ) but still heavy enough as to not want to carry it far !! lol   I will wire wheel these and oil them then repost photos with the results ..  JT

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 thank you !!!  the light weight one. lol..  does say Columbian hardware, Cleveland  on the mount.. I'm not sure on the heavy weight.. thinking possibly Columbian also ... it would have had a rounded head "carriage head type"  pivot bolt originally .. 

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The newer Columbians are characterized by: the short and open ended screwbox, unbeveled legs and the U bolt mounting system; so the smaller one fits on all accounts.

What makes you think the larger one is also a Columbian? (Serious question.)

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I don't really know what brand it is. I was just going by what I've seen other earlier Columbians have, with chamfered legs and beveled cheeks that the pivot bolt goes through, and most seem to have a "rounded head " pivot bolt that this one originally had.   what are your thoughts as to the maker ??  JT   

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JT must be one strong dude with excellent aim to get you (Ranchmanben) from his house to TX.. :)  pow, zip, ka-pow. crunch.. Dah, dah, dah, Batman..

  Sorry, I couldn't resist..   Both great vises :) 

JT - It looks to me that the bigger vise is missing it's original bottom bolt and that it was a tapered affair with a flat rivet head, using a forged in detent or boss to hold it properly..

This is strictly going from seeing the notch just over the bolt.. If this is the case it should be replaced with such a bolt..

There is an early thread on here I responded to which explains the why's and how's ..   These special bolts are usually why the vise may have some problems with jaw alignment..

Not saying yours does, but when you pull the bolt that is in the bottom pivot check for a taper..

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On 3/5/2018 at 5:42 AM, jlpservicesinc said:

JT - It looks to me that the bigger vise is missing it's original bottom bolt and that it was a tapered affair with a flat rivet head, using a forged in detent or boss to hold it properly.  Not saying yours does, but when you pull the bolt that is in the bottom pivot check for a taper..

yes it was missing the pivot bolt and it does have a boss to hold it from turning . I don't think it is a tapered hole though as the 7/8" bolt went through both holes snuggly and the jaws line up properly.. but when I take it apart to wire wheel it I will defiantly look into it closer. I agree I would like to have the correct type bolt there.. thanks, JT   

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thank you , I had no idea of the tapered pivot bolts it very well could have been.. I will take a closer look when I take it all apart.. thank you for the heads up !! JT

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Good Morning, JT

Think simple!! The pivot is a pivot, it doesn't care what kind of bolt it has. It is a pivot. Add a face to the head of the bolt, see how many ask about the face (LOL).

Very nice looking Post Vices.

Neil

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it finally warmed up enough to bring this guys back out !! here they are after disassembling and wire wheeling them, and a fresh coat of oil..

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