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Buy a 4” Post Vice that needs a spring for $100

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The title says it all. I saw a listing for a 4” post vice thats in decent shape but needs a spring. I’ve never looked into post vices so but the price is well below what I normally see. Assuming everything but needing a new spring is fine, is it a “buy” at $100?

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Well the heart of the vise is the screw and box. If they check out, you can whip out a spring cold from flat bar in 5 mins. That might be a little pricy to me (I'm kinda cheap, and am fully tooled up), but I don't know whether or not you're in a vise desert. If all else is good, grab it.

Steve

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What Stash said. 

Main thing is the screw and screw box. Other parts are not too hard to fabricate/forge. 

Price pending condition is not crazy high. 

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Ayup, screw box, then screw, spring is too easy to worry about EXCEPT as a bargaining chip.

Frosty The Lucky.

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In this general area, that price is not horrible but is still running a bit high.  A 4" around this part of the NW tends to run more like $ 80 in that condition and about that $ 100 price when decently complete.  

I picked up a 4-1/2 at an auction in Grangeville ID (well attended commercial auction) about a year ago for $ 85 with a couple of other small goodies in the lot (pry bar, nail puller). More recently I picked up a 5-1/2 in good shape and complete for $ 175 at an antique store in Lewiston (so higher pricing than auction normally runs).

But...if there is some specific "extra" like good branding or a superior screwbox, you aren't too far off.  The spring and the other stuff to hold it are not that hard to scab together.

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 I picked up a beautiful 4" Monday p.m. for $70. It also needed a spring. I went out to my trapping stuff and grabbed the spring off an old (I've owned it 50+ years!)Victor no. 1 long-spring. Works like a charm. The vise has a number 5 on the underside of the screw-down plate. Any ideas as to it's maker?

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j.morse, could you post a picture of it please?  

Pnut (Mike)

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On 5/16/2019 at 7:26 AM, pnut said:

j.morse, could you post a picture of it please?  

Sorry Pnut, I just saw you request. I only have my phone as a camera, and don't know how to do it from the phone. I'll see if I can find a way to get a photo on here.

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Even I have posted pictures here and no one is more computer illiterate than I am.

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My phone allows me to send pictures to an email address. I read my email on my home computer system and save the photos there, (much more storage than on a phone!) Then I can post from my home system and "choose files".

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I pay up to $10 per inch of jaw width. My last one was a complete Columbian for $40. As said before , check the screw and screw box. Unscrew it all the way and look both over well.

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sad when a person asks for help then wont return to talk to anyone about it when they do try :(

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