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tom4018

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Been looking for a good older vise without much luck. Thinking I want a 8 inch vise but might be ok with a 8 inch. Any suggestions on the new vises? Been considering a Wilton from Northern tool but it took a price jump. Seems like all the used ones I see are cheap ones wanting new price or the really good old ones priced high.
 

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Record vise. Made in England. Irwin bought Record and sent all the production over to China, so get the ones with England on them. I have 2. Paid $140 Canadian Pesos at auction for the 2nd one, which is a spare in case I ever break the original one. The things I have done to that vise would give a shop foreman nightmares.
 

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I have a big heavy old vice of unknown brand waiting restoration that I bought at an auction cheap. My criteria for buying it was to have something I could mount on a heavy bench or strong pedestal that could hold something while I swung a big hammer at it. I do that now with it sitting on my loading ramp but would be much better properly set up, it is a good vice.

Ken
 

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I installed this vise on my welding trailer. Do not know how well it will hold up. Used mostly to hold something to unscrew or hold while grinding.
https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/olympia-hitch-vise?cm_vc=-10005
 

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Keep a watch on Craigslist. There are quite a few older Wiltons that show up around here. I don't think I would have anything else. I acquired mine over 40 years ago. I have had some success putting a ad on Craigslist tool section with a title "want to buy ......"
 

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I don't know what brand my 'outside' vise is or even what it's 'type' is. Not made like a regular bench vise. It's mounted on what used to be a rolling table that ran on little tracks in a refinery's boiler house. It's taken everything I can throw at it.
 
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bird dog said:
Keep a watch on Craigslist. There are quite a few older Wiltons that show up around here. I don't think I would have anything else. I acquired mine over 40 years ago. I have had some success putting a ad on Craigslist tool section with a title "want to buy ......"
Been watching for months with no luck. May try the wanted ad and see what happens.
 

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I bought a Record 6" with swivel base and a stand for $40 at an auction.. unless you do particularly heavy work, that thing is good enough..
I have a 4" swivel head russian vice.. it's alright, there are times when the swivel head comes in handy
 

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This should handle most of your needs.

https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/grd/d/dallas-vise-vintage-tool-metal/6808562404.html
 

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tom4018 said:
What size would really be need for using a belt lacer?

4" would be plenty, you might just have to clamp multiple times for large belts. 10" lace would have you positioning lacer 3 times.
 

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