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PostAuthor: faffi » Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:55 pm

Bought an old, but barely used, Wilton vise with 5 in. jaws and 8 in. span. These cost list USD 1490 today in USA, and about 50 % more here. I paid the eqv. of USD 270. Pretty stoked with that. Should last my lifetime and probably even that of my grandchildren as well. Downside? The thing weighs a friggin' 96 lbs according to the spec sheet. Yes, it is heavy.

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PostAuthor: Flyingdog » Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:44 pm

Nice score. I've always been amazed how much a "real" good vise costs. JPW, Eastwood, Wilton, Yost... etc etc etc. I've even seen some pricey Irwins.
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PostAuthor: faffi » Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:11 pm

I was shocked myself! I've used a 4in vise for 30 years that cost 25 bucks then and 50 USD today, and it has taken a lot of abuse. The two things I didn't like was it's lack of precision and, more importantly, it's lack of clamping force. The latter got worse as the years went on, so I handed it to my son who had no vise at all - a mediocre vise is still better than no vise.

A local shop as a 240 lb 8in wide Winton vise that cost the eqv. of USD 5000 :help: The ad translates into "If you buy this for your private garage, we want a picture". Pressure tested to 65,000 PSI. I think the one I got will serve me more than well enough :bg:
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PostAuthor: mark75 » Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:13 pm

bench vise is like buying an anvil - look around for a good vintage one, and expect to pay a good price because a good one can be passed on [still fully functional] to your heirs for generations.
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PostAuthor: nanno » Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:13 am

Old stuff like that is beautiful. And just figure how much more metal they poured into a casting back then. A modern vise would hardly be half the weight and as any engineer will admit: in machining, mass is your friend.

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