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Rock Island # 544B with 6 inch Jaws and New Pipe Jaws

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 Product Description

This vise is basically a Rock Island 577 with Pipe Jaws, but there is not much basic about it.  It's a model # 544B in very good condition.  This vise should be mounted on a stand since it is so massive. This vise is over 15" tall and carries the same jaws as the 577 that are 6" wide.

This vise came to me from the Coors plant in Golden Colorado. It had a broken foot and the owner said it was just too big.  I was excited to get it because I had really wanted to do a repair like this on a broken foot.  I was hoping to braze it since it has been almost 30 years since I brazed back in New York. I used EZ-Flow 45 silver solder and built the cast foot out of a donor vise made by Chas Parker. This repair is done right and about as strong as anything I've ever done.  I added a few pic's

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.

Next, I built three new pipe jaws, since most vises like this one are missing them. I have looked hard and have never seen a vise like this, so I just designed the pipe jaws myself.  It will clamp a 6" diameter pipe with no problem, and on the smaller pipe area you can clamp a 1/2" pipe or bar easily.

I put a new handle on the lock down.  The 1/2" handle with 3/4 diameter knobs are peened in place for a permanent assembly. I will also note that the body of the swivel lock down is made from cast material, not steel like most are.  The spindle handle ball ends are also cast material. Personally, I've never seen that before.

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 added a couple pic's of this fix as well.

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.

The vise has little backlash. It moves the Dynamic Support back from 12 o'clock to 2:30. That close I do not mess with. The nut is tight and in excellent shape like the spindle threads.  It has a date stamp and was created in 1953, 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 sitting on a stand in the middle of the shop so everyone can enjoy a unique vise of this quality.  


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 225 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 $175.  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 - 27"

Widest dimension of vise - 14"

Height - 15-1/2"

Height from top of jaws to square slider - 7-1/2"

Maximum safe jaw opening -11"  It can go more but the sq slider is inside the Static Jaw Support opening.

Weight 205 lbs

Jaw width - 6"

Jaw height - 1-3/4"

Shipping: See Listing  Guesstimate  $175 I cover the crate build and cost.

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