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York 125 (4.920) Jaw Width. Restored and Ready For Work.

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$80.00 (Fixed shipping cost)

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 Product Description

York Vises were built in Czechoslovakia by Hugh W. Vogl who was a Czech immigrant  He liked the design so much that he created the Wilton 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 where the pins guide in the Dynamic Jaw Support. York has the groove cut in it's Dynamic where Wilton has a key and a channel broached in the its static.  Works well. The threaded nut is a steel stamping then threaded.  It is then drilled in place and uses a single metric size pin to hold it 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 poorly designed swivel bases.   The centers of their swivel bases are open so there is no room for a center pin or shoulder bolt.  I went ahead and machined the center casting to smooth it out and added a center plug to allow the swivel base to rotate much more smoothly. 

I am happy how it came out and have added a video of the action, look HERE.

I also re-machined the swivel slots where the carriage bolt rested. After reworking the grooves I made custom lock threaded lock downs nuts.  Check out the pictures.

York also used nuts on the five I restored. The swivel clamps I made are an 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 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.  It can be changed if you can get a better price shipping to a business. 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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