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Prentiss # 19 Swivel Jaw 3-1/2 Jaw width Bench Vise

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$77.00 (Fixed shipping cost)

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 Product Description

If you are looking for a small bench Swivel Jawed Vise. then I have a beauty here. This came to me from a Craigslist listing. It was very rusted, but looked like it had very little use. Looks like it was buried under a bench for many years. After a good cleaning and drilling out the swivel jaw pin it was ready for restoring. Vise is estimated at over 80 years old.

I first started with building a new set of hardened vise jaws and found that when Prentiss cut the boss area for their jaws that each side was different. This surprised me since I have sold many Prentiss jaws and never got a call about gaps after installation. These jaws are precision fit with no gaps and close like they are supposed to.

The swivel jaw taper hole was re machined after I had the new jaws installed. I closed up the jaws then used a carbide 3 degree taper end mill and trued up the hole on my CNC mill.  I also made a custom SS taper pin and fit it to the new tapered hole.

I did not like the spider type collar that Prentiss used ( see pic's).  I had to heat and chisel two tabs off.  This type of collar has 6 tabs, so it could be replaced three more times after this first removal. Instead, I replaced the spider collar with something stronger and more precision.  Now there is a custom heavy collar with two set screws. and it's hand fit it so the backlash is from 12 o'clock to 2 o'clock on the handle before the dynamic jaw opens. That is pretty tight and the way I like it.

 Next. I replaced the handle with a new one made from ½ inch Cold Formed 1144 CRS.  The grain runs along the length of the shaft and gives this material great handle type strength. It has a great memory kind of like a strong spring.  I heated and peened the knobs in place with custom made ball ends. I also added a set of finger savors.

 I did not like the feeling of the spring loaded swivel base lock down, so I fit a new pin that I forged out of a #10 screw. I cut a groove to accept a C-Clip and will add a couple extras in case you need them, (see pic's).  The spring loaded lock down now works like it should. I added a couple pictures showing its position in the locked and unlocked position.

The nut set pin was replaced with a new one and did not need any adjustment on the nut sloppiness. The nut has a little wiggle room to align the spindle. You should always have a little wiggle or play in the dovetail area of the nut.

 I painted the vise with Rust-Oleum Green Hammered paint.  I used the Rust-Self Etching Primer and baked the paint to a strong hardness. The vise parts sat and baked in front of my pellet stove for 4 days.

Shipping is a guess at $45. If you contact me before purchasing then I can get a real quote.  Remember shipping to a business is always cheaper through UPS.


Jaws  -  3-1/2 x 1-1/8" tall

Weight - 32 lbs.

Length - 15"

Height - 7-1/2"

Width -  7-1/2"

Max safe opening  -  5"


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