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Athol #79 Bench Vise with custom built swivel base and new replaceable jaws

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  • Smooth jaws.
  • Serrated jaws.
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  • Removing the hard casted in jaws.
  • Cutting the jaw shelf.
  • Machining the swivel base. I drew a swivel base off a 4" Chas Parker then scaled it down to match the bottom of the Athol # 79 vise.
$19.00 (Fixed shipping cost)

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 Product Description

Here is an Athol #79 vise that I have recently had the pleasure of restoring.  I am very pleased how it came out.  Built in 1894, it was missing the hardware to bolt it down to a bench.  As it turned out, the missing hardware made this a nice candidate for a custom build swivel base.

Back in the 1800's Athols did not have a swivel base setup like the newer vises in the 1900's. The swivel method on this vise was a 1/2 inch rod around 5 inches long that mounted to a bench with a wing nut.  It was losened by reaching under the bench, rotating the vise, and then tightening it back up.

I've always liked the way Chas Parker's did theirs, so that's where I started. The brake shoe design really locks down and holds tight. There are actually 5 custom built parts:  the swivel base, two brake shoes, a threaded wedge, then the swivel clamp.

I added a picture of the custom parts so you can see.

The casted in smooth hard jaws were in very rough shape, so I set the vise up in my milling machine and removed them.  I cut a shelf to accept new bolt on jaws. This Athol will include two sets of jaws; one smooth and one serrated.  Made from A2 Tool Steel, heatreated to 54/56 Rockwell, and finish ground flat and square. Should be the only sets you need.

I also stripped and wire wheeled the vise body and primed and painted the vise with Rust-Oleum Hammered Brown paint. I did not remove most of the scars from over 120 years of use.  The very strong buttress threads (a trademark of Athol and later Starrett) on the nut and leadscrew are in great shape.

Next, I fabricated a new handle and knobs, heated and peened them in place for a permanent install just like the original had. I also added rubber bumpers to save your fingers.

This 3" vise is a great vise for bench work, and swapping the jaws takes a minute. It's ready to go to work, and is almost as tight as it's first day.  The jaws will hold anything you grab.

This classic vise has undergone changes that will fool the best of them.  It's an historic Athol with a set of custom jaws, and a Parker swivel base.  Definitely a one of a kind vise that will be a nice addition to your bench.

Shipping is through USPS large Flat Rate Box at $19.0 and only takes a couple days to arrive.

Any questions?  Send me a note at this e-mail address:  mountainproduct@gmail.com 



Vise Specifications: 

Length - 14" at max opening.

Length - 11-1/2"  when closed.

Widest dimension of vise - 6"

Height - 6-1/2"

Height from top of jaws to square slider - 2-1/2"

Maxium safe jaw opening - 4" 

Weight 22 lbs

Jaw width - 3"

Handle  1/2 dia. x 8" long.

Jaw height - 5/8"


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