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Charles Parker # 272. Restored Swivel Jaw with new 4-1/2" Jaws

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.Here is a Swivel Jaw Parker with new jaws, what more can be said. Everyone knows how much work it takes to make these difficult jaws, if not here is a couple blogs I wrote on it HERE. I enjoy making Parker jaws and have made many, these were no different then the others except being mounted to a swivel jaw. I added a couple pic:s of the jaw build. I make each Parker jaw square to the square slider on the Dynamic Jaw Support. This works well and should last another 75 years before needing a new set of jaws made.
This vise I will admit is a little loose, Parker's vise building is not like a Reed or Starrett vise. But you have to know there is still a lot of Parkers out there most with the old jaws still working.  Parker did not have a square broach to run through the Static and machine the square slider on the Dynamic to fit precision, in stead they counted on the accuracy of the Casting process where over time the vise gets loose, caused by the cast surface wearing down. This vise is no different. I did my best to tighten thins up by re-machining the collar and re-machining the Dynamic collar face to get the best backlash I could get. I added a Aluminum Bronze wear washer after machining the pocket deeper and square to the square slider. Check my pictures and see what I did.

Next, I started working on the swivel base. It did not need much except flattening the bottom and tightening up the shoulder bolt.  The shoulder bolt needed at least .06 taken off so the bottom of the shoulder so the swivel base did not rock and roll when swiveling. I built a new swivel handle with removable end caps. Cleaned up swivel handle body and now it works like it should.  This swivel base has the brake pad lock like all others except this one is a one piece brake, the newer ones are two piece. This one needs a little more tightening to lock it down, works fine and the 1/2" handle I added is comfortable to tighten.

The swivel jaw taper pin hole was re-machined and a new custom SS pin made.  Parker uses a 2 degree per side taper. I made this pin a little bigger then the original where it is easy to grab and pull.  The S.S. will not rust and freeze in place, I left a little spud on the bottom of the taper to grab and re polish in a lathe or drill chuck.  I must add that the machined bore for the swivel is looser then I would have done causing the swivel jaw to lift some when clamping. Again the precision is not as tight as a Reed or Starrett.  I would suggest not tightening to tight when clamping on a work piece, the pressure is on the swivel jaw diameter underneath the jaw and I have seen these cracked.

I then focused on the spindle. I added a new handle and replaced the spring plunger with a 1/4 ball bearing backed up by a spring so the handle will stay put after setting, no more blisters when the handle slides down.

For the finish, I painted the vise with Valspar Leafy Green semi gloss paint. I like this color and the vise is ready for the first nick and battle scar from the new owner.  Yes the vise looks great but it is ready to mount on a bench and be used.


I suggest checking with your local Fastenal, or go here: www.fastenal.com/3pl 

Get a quote for a crate that is 18 x 18 x 30 inches long.  It will weigh around 90 pounds with the vise.  

Here is the Fastenal store I use for shipping: 13750 Deere Ct, Longmont, CO 80504

Remember, when shipping through Fastenal, the customer sets up and pays for the shipping.  All I do is build the crate and get it to the store. Really a convenient and cheap way to ship vises. The crate is figured in the price and when you recieve the vise you will see the work in crating vises to arrive safe and sound

My guess for shipping is $100 to $125.  If you find a cheaper cost, I can update the listing.  Let's figure out shipping before you purchase..

Any questions?  Send me a note at this e-mail address:  mountainproduct@gmail.com or call me. (970) 235-1153



Vise Specifications: 

Length - 19"

Widest dimension of vise - 11"

Height - 9-1/2"

Maximum safe jaw opening -6"  It can go more but the sq slider is inside the Static Jaw Support opening.

Weight 70 lbs

Jaw width - 4-1/2"

Jaw height - 1-1/4"

Shipping: See Listing  Guesstimate  $125 through Fastenal 

$165 through UPS, cheaper if you have a business to ship to.

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