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    Nice - gonna do it - I even think I have some threaded ball-detent units.

    Super useful idea - the kids have all gotten blood-blisters on their fingers from the handle on the big Reed vise sliding down - I'd just put O-rings on the handle ends as cushions, but this is far better.

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    Simpler way: put an o-ring either side of the central boss.

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    The handle's far too heavy - it's a Reed 105 S. If you could get it to hold, you'd have to slide (roll) the O-rings back to the center after you've extended the handle to really crank down.

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    Thanks for that and I will do the same with one slight difference. I’ll machine a groove around the shaft instead of the shallow hole so I don’t have to line up the hole.
    Thanks, Stuart

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrounga View Post
    Thanks for that and I will do the same with one slight difference. Iíll machine a groove around the shaft instead of the shallow hole so I donít have to line up the hole.
    Thanks, Stuart
    If you machine a grove all way round the center of the bail then the first time you really put a strain on it you are going to bend or snap it in two.
    I used to have a huge Prentice vice that I pretzeled the bail so many times I replaced it with a length of 7/8" stress prof and that was without a grove or detent in the middle. And like Forrest said the ball ends would draw blood when dropping
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    Thanks guys. It's not my original idea, I have seen some American made vices which come with this feature. I just wish I'd done it years ago! I think the O-ring idea would work ok on lighter vices but wouldn't give you the freedom of movement of the handle that this does.
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    A great idea for larger bench vices.
    The indent is not really essential as a stronger spring with a brass pad will retain the handle in any position. I have done this on my drill press handle mod and it works very well.

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