caotropheus

Broken leg vice repair

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Greetings.

I went for a "vice picture session" where I bought my latest two vices. I found this curiosity

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A vice with two braces riveted

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This looks like a repair several decades old. I must add I estimate the vice weighs at least 50 kg.

What do you guys think?

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I would buy that in a heart beat.. 

Easy fix if you know how to weld..  I'd vee out the cracks and chase back any other cracks.. Weld out the other cracks first then weld the veed out section..  that is a wonderful vise.. 

There is a whole stack of them..  Wow.. 

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Thank you very much for the answer. I am also having a "buy attack" for this vice. What is better than a vice? A lot of them, right? I suppose the same principle applies to other tools, anvils in particular.

About the pile of vices, the guy is an antique tool dealer and he imports a lot of used tools from Germany, mainly vices and anvils. He has no post vice you can "plug and run". All of them need some sort of repair and lubrication. But the variety is amazing, leg vises, bench mechanic vises, wagon blacksmith vises, and hand vises of all sizes. Nice place.

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I went back to the dealer to take a better look at the vice. Indeed it weighs 50 kg, but...but there was too much corrosion. One of the face plates was flaking, as if it was in touch for a long time with the soil or fertilizer. I decided not to buy.

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