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Wilton HD Swivel Bench Vise 4 inch Custom Jaws

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 Product Description

This beautiful 70 year old Wilton HD Swivel Bench Vise 4 inch with Custom Jaws is now ready for a second life.  It' a project I am proud of.

This restoration had a rough beginning.  I bought this vise on CL with the jaws welded on.  Crazy.  Why anyone would weld the jaws on---especially when they had the screws still in them?   Maybe someone was just practicing their welding.  Who knows? 

So I started by machining the welds off the Dynamic and Static jaw supports, which ruined my brand new carbide cutter.  I made a custom set of jaws to fill in the machined area.  I actually copied the Chas Parker design, so the jaws can now handle more abuse than the original ones.  Having jaws with more steel under them produces a much stronger product.

Next, I fabricated a new handle, horse shoe washer, and a new set of swivel clamps to replace the 5/8 Acorn nuts that were original.  I made a custom change to the swivel lock design that makes it quicker to swivel the base. The lock downs can still be tightened with a 3/4 wrench.

The handle is made from Cold Formed 1144 CRS, which I believe the best choice for handle material.  The handle knobs are made as close to original as I could, and have been heated and peened in place.  I also added a new set of bumpers.

The anvil was dressed and really not abused. The scars on the sliping barrel were not polished out.  Almost 70 years of use leaves scars. The vise was completely taken apart, cleaned, and greased. The movement is still tight. The base is pretty large for a 4" vise and will last another 70 years if kept greased.

Painted with Rustoleum Verde Green paint and baked on at 200 degrees for 45 minutes two times. I have found this method the best and makes for a strong paint job.

This Wilton HD Swivel Bench Vise with 4 inch with Custom Jaws was originally built in the mid to early 40's with a date stamp of 2-47.  Subtracting the 5 year warranty, would make this built in 1942.  I hope it finds a good home.


Questions?  Write Kevin:  mountainproduct@gmail.com 

Price of vise is $345 and with shipping the total is $395.

Vise Specifications

Length: 16"

Widest dimension of vise: 7"

Height: 8"

Height from top of jaws to square slider: 3"

Maxium safe jaw opening: 5"

Weight: 40 lbs

Jaw width: 4"

Jaw height - 7/8"

Shipping, $50 through USPS or UPS.

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