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Reed 1C - 3-1/2 Bench Vise - Combination Pipe Vise

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  • Truing the jaw faces on a surface grinder.
  • Truing these both sides on the same setup guarantees a flat and parallel clamping.
$65.00 (Fixed shipping cost)

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 Product Description

This Reed 1C was in great shape before I started on it. The cast in jaws were still sharp for the most part, but did have a few flat spots.  I was considering cutting them out but decided to true them on my surface grinder with the side wheel. I have side wheeled many times and it's is a great way to true the faces. There is still a good diamond pattern to grab and hold anything you put in the jaws. The faces are very hard, even harder than the jaws I make.  They are also more brittle, which is the reason you sometimes see cast in jaws that have chipped a bit. These have lasted at least 75 years, so there is no question they will keep performing.  

I replaced the Pipe Jaws with new ones that I make and sell on this site. The originals were OK but not quite as sharp a new shiny pair. I forged the heads on 4 pins and cut a groove for an E-Clip. The clip is built to standard tolerances, so if one is missing, your local hardware store will carry them.

This vise has the flat nose spindle, which is a well sought after style of Reed Vises. I am not up on dating vises, but know that the cast in jaws and the flat spindle means it's old. I replaced the handle, as I end up doing on every restoration. I like to use 1144 steel since it is perfect material for handles. The knob ends are 1-1/4 diameter and heated and peened in place for a life-long assembly. The spindle handle is 5/8 diameter.  I added a set of rubber bumpers.

I restored the Lock Down bodies and installed new handles made from the 1144 steel.  The 1/2 oval knobs were peened on a shoulder cut in the 3/8 handle, just like the originals, which were bent.  Reed uses a cat paw style lock that fits the teeth in the base very accurately. The swivel body is machined with a 45 degree chamfer that matches the static support for a solid clamp.  I did not catch it till I was done, but the handle tightens with the handle resting east and west with the static support.  

The base is a 4 bolt mount for your work bench. That's another great feature of a Reed.

I adjusted the set screw that holds the nut in place to just about no wiggle room.  I adjusted the backlash to the tightest that I felt comfortable with. 12 to 2 o'clock is where I set my restored vises on handle backlash.

Painted with Rusteloum Hammered Light Silver.  This Reed 1C is now ready for years of good service. I left the hard earned battle scars from decades of use, and the next owner can add theirs to them.

Shipping will be through UPS. I am estimating around $65 on this vise. I can get a better quote once I have the new owners address. 

The shipping price is for estimate only.

More questions?  Contact Kevin:  mountainproduct@gmail.com 

Length:                                  14-1/2"

Height:                                   9-1/2"

Width at widest point:              8"  Taken from the base.  Widest part of the vise

Handle Length:                        12"

Top of jaws to square slider:    3-1/2"

Weight:                                 52lbs

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