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Forum topic by hardknots posted 08-24-2013 08:33 PM 4883 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-24-2013 08:33 PM

I scored an old big gnarley columbian woodworking vise, it was missing the handle (easily fixed with a hunk of pipe and caps) but it is missing the “nut and retainer” assy. Internet searches led me to lumberjocks, seems like a bunch of astute individuals, any ideas for a parts source? I measured the screw diameter and thread pitch, 1 1/4” dia and 4 tpi, I found a nut 1 1/4” at Fastenall but with 5 tpi, didn’t fit! Fortunately there is a store nearby, so I didn’t have to purchase it for $19.00! It has a model no of 9R on the front.!

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#1 posted 08-25-2013 04:55 PM

Did you try taking it down to the Fastenall store front? They may be better able to help if they see it. A lot of folks here talk about McFeely’s…never shopped there myself but a lot of LJs seem happy with their service.

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#2 posted 08-26-2013 01:05 AM

I did take it there, no luck, I wasn’t very impressed with sales persons overall knowledge. I suspect the threads are unique to vises. It is a quick release, missing parts, I just wanted to see if I could make it work, I didn’t care if that made it so I had to turn it all the way open and closed.

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#3 posted 08-26-2013 01:10 AM

I’ve got a Columbian quick-release vise with the same issue. I have not found a source for new quick-release nuts. As far as I can tell, the best solution is to fabricate a new one, which might not be cost-effective.

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#4 posted 08-26-2013 01:31 AM

Is that an acme thread (kind of flatter than a regular v-thread)? If so then MSC sells some 1.25×4tpi acme nuts. But the price will make you reconsider rebuilding. It would be a lot cheaper to find some big fat pieces of metal and a hobby machinist with a lathe and maybe come to some sort of an agreement.

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#5 posted 08-27-2013 12:19 AM

I checked that MSC site, I could buy a new vise for what they want for that nut, holy smokes!! I am thinking about using a chunk of flat stock and make half-a**ed threads in it and mount it to the back of the bench-mounted half of the vise, see what happens.

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#6 posted 08-27-2013 12:33 AM

If it is indeed an Acme 4tpi x 1 1/4… McMaster Carr has plain steel Acme nut for less than $10.
Worth a look.

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