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Reed 103 R Bench Vise (3 inch Jaws).

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$50.00 (Fixed shipping cost)

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 Product Description

This Reed is now in excellent shape, and would be a perfect size vise for a hobby bench.  I just love these Reeds and this one is the flat nose model that everyone wants.

The custom made serrated jaws are not original.  When I started restoring this vise I saw the jaws were not in good condition, plus they were cast into the vise. I set the vise up in my CNC milling machine and removed the old hard face jaws and created a ledge to support fresh jaws during work.  I copied the Starrett design.  I will supply a drawing in case these jaws ever need replaced, or you want a smooth set down the road.  Can't buy these at Walmart.  The original cast in jaws were very hard like the ones I added. The new jaws are A2 toolsteel heat treated to 54/56 Rockwell with precision ground backs for a flat accurate fit. These fresh jaw faces are now very hard and perpendicular.

I then focused on making new handles and a made the 1-1/8 round knob ends. The handles are made from 1144 cold formed CRS, which is practically unbend-able.  It's the best material for handles, in my opinion. The spindle handle is 1/2 inch diameter.  I hand made the handle knobs, peened them in place for a permanent installation, and then added a set of bumpers.

Next, I built a 1-3/4  x .145 aluminum Bronze washer to move back the spindle handle from the vise. It was to close.  Reed has a split nut that when adjusted will set the backlash to 12 to 2  o'clock handle movement.  Aluminum bronze is the best material for wear and a perfect choice for a washer.  It just does not wear out. You can see it in a picture I provided during assembly.

I adjusted the set screw that holds the nut in place to just about no wiggle room.  See the picture, you may adjust the backlash a little looser if you choose.

Painted with Krylon Satan Oxford Blue.  This Reed 103 R is now ready for years of good service.

Shipping will be through UPS. I am estimating around $50 on this vise. I can get a better quote once I have the new owners address. 

The shipping price is for estimate only and through UPS.

More questions?  Contact Kevin:  mountainproduct@gmail.com 

Length:                                  12"

Height:                                   6"

Width at widest point:              6"

Handle Length:                        9"

Top of jaws to square slider:    2-1/2"

Weight:                                 25lbs

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  1. Reed vice

    Posted by Vince on 29th Jan 2018

    I purchased and could not be more happy. Vise looks like a work of art and is worth every penny. A piece of American history on your workbench

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