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Rock Island 541B. Nice Combination vise for sale.

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$140.00 (Fixed shipping cost)

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 Product Description

Rock Island 541B with Pipe Jaws.

Very tight vise, as tight as they come.  The backlash is from 12 o'clock to 1 o'clock. Can't get them much tighter then tat.

The jaws are new, even though the old jaws were in very good shape.  There is a reason for that.  The jaws I make are built with much better quality steel than anyone had back in the day.  I use A2 Tool Steel and heat treat it to 54/56 Rockwell.  A perfect hardness for jaws.

Built new 3-1/2" jaws for it and also I built three new pipe jaws, since most vises like this one are missing them. I changed the design some to a tooth pattern I liked better.  I just designed the pipe jaws myself.  It will clamp a 3" diameter pipe with no problem, and on the smaller pipe area you can clamp a 1/2" pipe or bar easily. The heat treatment of the jaws are 54/56 Rockwell and have a gold and blue color to them, I formed the jaw top to match the vise.

I put a new handle on the lock down.  The 1/2" handle has removable end caps like some Parkers. The handle ends are close to the body of the vise so thes are buried in the Swivel body to miss the vise.  The spindle handle is replaced too,  I like using 1144 Cold Formed CRS, stuff is perfect for handle material.

I had a hard time removing the shoulder bolt.  In fact, I had to weld a large nut to it just to get it out.  I bet it never was removed.  So I counterbored a hole in the shoulder bolt and welded a large socket head cap screw to it, so now it is easy to remove.  I machined the base flat also, the rough casting rocked some on my surface plate.

For the finish, I used a Black Metal Oil from Sculpt Nouveau.  Applied it like the instructions said, and I am very happy how it came out.  Look this finish up and see the wide variety that Sculpt Nouveau sells for old finishes on cast pieces.  The patina was in excellent condition after I stripped the red paint from it. This vise has actually had very little use.

 It has a date stamp behind the Static on the slider dated 8-41.  Made in 1941, the tail has a few dings from dummies using it as a anvil, but not too bad, check the pic's.

This vise is now ready to go back to work.  Whoever gets this vise I hope they use it.  It should be in a metal fab shop on a sturdy bench. The new owner will surely enjoy the quality of this vise.  


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

Get a quote for a crate that is 12 x 12 x 18 inches long.  It will weigh 85 pounds with the vise.  

Here is the Fastenal store I use for shipping:  63 S Pratt Pkwy, Longmont, CO 80501

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.

My guess for shipping is $140.  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



Length:                                  16"

Height:                                   8-1/2"

Width at widest point:              8"

Handle Length:                       11-1/2"

Top of jaws to round slider:       3-3/4"

Weight:                                  64 lbs


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