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York 80 (3.150) Jaw Width.

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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 different 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, see the pictures. 

I am happy how it came out and have added a video of the action of a 125 York with the same issues, 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 3/8"  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 by me and I have extras that I will add to the sale.

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 the Dynamic jaw support it looks like Atoria York 80  the Static says 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 and little backlash.

The shipping price is $20 shipping through USPS Large Flate Rate.

More questions?  Contact Kevin:  mountainproduct@gmail.com 

Length:                                  9-1/2  In the closed position.

Height:                                   4-3/4

Width at widest point:              5-1/4 wide

Handle Length:                        5-1/2 with a 3/8 bar.

Top of jaws to round slider:       1.900

Weight:                                   12 lbs


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