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York 125 (4.920) Jaw Width. Restored and ready for Work.

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$80.00 (Fixed shipping cost)

 Product Description

York Vises are built in Czechoslovakia, Hugh W. Vogl a Czech immigrant who liked the design so much that he created a company in the USA. He used the York design to build the Wilton Vises. There is a more detailed write up on my Wilton Site .

After restoring all five sizes I have found both advantages and drawbacks to Yorks when compared to Wiltons.  They have similar looks, but different actions. York uses two hard pins spread apart in the static jaw support instead of a key and a channel broached in the Static like Wilton does. York does it differently but has a deeper channel cut in the Dynamic and two pins pressed into the Static. Works well. The threaded nut is stamped steel then threaded.  It is then drilled in place and uses a single metric size pin to hold in place. The screw does not go past the pins which makes it easier to take apart, but shortens the max opening. The spindle has a radial groove cut and uses the same size pin to locate the spindle handle end instead of an horseshoe washer like Wilton uses. You can see it in the front views. The backlash is minimal. 12 to 2 o'clock is what this vise has for jaw movement.

The York vises have weaker swivel bases, but I did my best to rework them. They machined a step under the Static but gave way too much clearance in the step to the ID of the swivel base. The base is sloppy as hell and I do not like its action. It swivels but not as nicely as other vises. York then uses a carriage bolt that is very sloppy in the cast grooves in the swivel base, some of mine were really worn on the square portion of the carriage bolt because the casting was very wide. I reworked the grooves and made custom lock downs nuts, check the pictures. York also used nuts on the five I owned. The swivel clamps I made were a option you could purchase when ordering the vise.  I have seen a picture of what their swivel lock downs looked like and copied their design.

The jaws are new and have the straight serrations, I built them out of A2 Tool Steel and heat treated them to 54/56 Rockwell.  They are as good or even better then the originals and will last a long time.

The handle was replaced and a new one made from Cold Formed CRS 1144.  This stuff is tough, hard to bend a 1/4" bar let alone a 9/16 bar that is used on this vise. I added bumpers since everyone likes them.

Painted with Rust-Oleum Self Etching Primer and Satin Poppy Red.  The vinyl stickers were made in Canada.

I left the dings and dents behind the jaws where it is not painted. I did not want to remove the stampings from the York company. Look at the pictures closely and see what I mean.  On one side it is stamped MORAVIA and on the other side it is stamped MADE IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA.

The vise looks great but don't let that fool you, it is ready to work and any person who uses it would be impressed with it's grip and ease of opening.

Shipping will be through UPS.

The shipping price is estimated at $80 and is NOT included in the price and can be changed if you can get a better price shipping this vise, shipping to a business is the cheapest I have seen. Be sure to contact me before purchasing so we can discuss your rate.

More questions?  Contact Kevin:  mountainproduct@gmail.com 

Length:                                  14-1/2"

Height:                                   7-5/8"

Width at widest point:              8"

Handle Length:                        9"

Top of jaws to round slider:       3-3/8"

Weight:                                   38 lbs


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