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    Well this post seems to have some good AD_VICE for restoring vises......just saying. nice restoration older dan. Cap.

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    I am always on the lookout for old vises. I have picked them up for just about next to nothing, and do just what you have done. The only ones that I have kept are a Wilton bullet vise, and a very old, very heavy Morgan Coach Builders vise. I do have a few small vices that I keep around. I have been on the lookout for a Record vice, but they are kind of sparse on this side of the pond, the English built ones anyway. Great job fixing that one up.
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    Olderdan, that is a very nice restoration I have an old cast steel bodied vice I need to do the same thing to someday
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    About a month ago I got very lucky with a great vice. For 20 euros I got one of these
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Irwin-Recor.../dp/B0002JT4KG
    I already had 3 Record 125 mm vices but I just couldn't let such a bargain go by. It has 150 mm jaws and is from the heavy duty range which is made from cast steel instead of the more usual cast iron. It is a genuine Record made prior to the Irwin involvement, by all accounts these are better quality than the current ones.
    It looked a bit beat up but it was just hard use, nothing was worn or damaged except that the jaw pieces needed a bit of a grind to bring them back. The screw was well greased and was not worn. I totally stripped and repainted it and it has become my most used vice in the workshop. I don't recall photographing it though.

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    Sounds like a real bargain find, I followed your link and could not believe the price for a new one. I have an old 5 inch Record steel vice that belonged to my uncle, I will do that one next.

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    I had a Record mounted on 1 of my welding rigs back in the early 80's. I thought it was cast steel until one day the fixed jaw and half of the body broke off. I welded it back together with High Ni. 500 welding rods and it never broke again.
    I wasn't aware that Irwin absorbed Record, I remember when Irwin took over the Peterson tool co. their vice grip locking pliers "IMO" went down in quality by 60% I still have several old Peterson vice-grips that are in better shape than nearly new Irwin's
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    Quote Originally Posted by olderdan View Post
    Sounds like a real bargain find, I followed your link and could not believe the price for a new one.
    Alan, before I went to see it I googled for details and like you I found the new price incredible. I would never pay that for a bench vice. I also got a few other tools from the same chap. He was English and was planning on moving back there where he would have no workshop. He only advertised on an expat website and most expats here are only after the sun, He advertised previously at higher prices but had no takers so as his departure date approached he just dropped the prices to almost giveaway values. He used to race Formula Ford, hence his need for tools.

    However, your find was at an even better price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by olderdan View Post
    There is some posts here on electrolysis, I just use a 12v car battery with a charger connected to keep up the amps. Best part is it will remove paint and free up all those bolts and seized parts as well.
    What electrolyte did you use? I usually use acid for rust removal and have not so far tried electrolysis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank S View Post
    Olderdan, that is a very nice restoration I have an old cast steel bodied vice I need to do the same thing to someday
    I was wrong about it being steel, I just went out to check it. It is a Cast Iron Prentice made in New York still a pretty good old beat up vice, just has some bits broken off that I will have to make and weld back on when I get around to refurbishing it


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