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Paul F

Two leg vices with soft springs

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Along with my recent anvil acquisitions, I picked up two leg vices.  One heavier, one lighter, both about 5" jaws.  The screws and boxes are in good shape, but the springs don't open the jaws. 

Luckily, they have all the mounting pieces.  The larger vice has a clover shaped mounting plate, while the smaller one has a V shaped strap. Any idea on the makers?  I didn't see any markings.

Should the springs open the jaws when the screw is turned out?   I could bend the spring a little to give it more travel.

 

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Are you sure the jaw moves freely? Disassembly, cleaning and a little fresh grease can work wonders for things that are supposed to move but don't want to.

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What Biggun said. Also on the lower larger vise in the pic the mounting bracket is set pretty low. Move it up towards the short bend at the top of the spring, that should push it out a little more.

Steve

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Don't use a stiff grease on the pivot area as that can impact ease of movement too, also don't over tighten the pivot bolt.

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The lower one in the picture is a Columbian vise , the other one I need to see more pictures from all angles .still might not be able to Id it.

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OK, here are some better pictures of the vices.

The big one has an interesting mounting plate with a triangle, but no C like the Colombian logo.

I got the lighter one to spring open by working it.  It has pretty finial on the thread box and the legs look hand worked.

 

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