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    Largest vise ever? - photos

    I'm surprised I made it this long on the internet without typing "largest vise ever" into Google. Some pics:








    Anyone got any others?

    Previously:

    Monster ball vise - photos

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    Lovely!
    ...and I thought mine was giant!

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    These are great. I wonder whether there are videos of big vises in use?

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    Someone just sent me an email with this beauty:



    No idea what we have here. Ornamental display? Actual vise made non-functional so that children can't accidentally crush each other?

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    That thing looks as if it's made from wood. The top of the handle looks split off and the hub of the screw through which the handle passes looks as if the laminations from which it's made (?) are splitting apart.

    Athol, Massachusetts - perhaps the most unfortunate choice of a town name ever made. Starrett should have started their business in a nearby unincorporated area.
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    From a followup message, looks like yes, it was a wood model. Here's the cool part, from a 1965 edition of The Athol Daily News:

    An eight foot tall giant model of a vise of wood and tin that has stood in front of the factory at the west end of South Street since 1919 is to be removed. Once the symbol of the former Athol Machine and Foundry Co. which has been out of business two years, it was constructed for the home coming parade for World War I veterans on June 16, 1919 and displayed on a float with a dummy of the Kaiser squeezed in its jaws and Uncle Sam at the controls.

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    Interestingly, it was Starrett who founded the company. More history here...

    https://visecollector.com/history-of...chine-company/

    They made the predecessor of the Cuisinart, designed by L. S. Starrett himself...

    Athol Machine Co. / Athol Machine & Foundry Co.


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