Milwaukee Morgan 10" woodworking vise

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Blog entry by bons posted 10-25-2014 08:22 PM 5692 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone. I have a less than one year old Morgan Milwaukee 10” woodworking vise I purchased from Gramercy tools. It is built like a tank and wasn’t cheap. Lately when I apply pressure when working on a project, the vise suddenly burst open and loses it grip on work piece? Also, lately,the vise will not grab the workpiece unless you fool with it. Are these two phemomena related. Any insight into what is causing this grip failure?? Thx.


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#1 posted 10-25-2014 08:58 PM

Dear Chris- I just looked at their web site for the quick release woodworkers vise. You say you have had it for a year or so. My experience with some quick release vises is in the nut for the screw thread. With some quick release mechanisms there is a half nut that falls down with a quarter turn of the handle and the half nut releases. That is the problem, the half nut gets warn and doesn’t get a good grip when you want to clamp something. Look at the nut and see if any thing is worn. Now if your vise is not a quick release one disregard all I have said. I taught intermediate school wood shop for 30 years or so and I thought the quick release vises were the best until the nuts started to wear out mostly from the students over tightening them. Now I am believer of the solid nut or continuous screw type vises. Yes they take a bit longer to open but they last longer. Hope this helps. bob

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#2 posted 10-26-2014 10:00 AM

My thought is that the nut not grabbing is probably the the problem as mentioned above, but that it can also be caused by worn threads on the main screw too. I imagine that your vise has Acme screw threads and they are not the best type as they do wear pretty fast. The type of threads used on the old Record vises are the best, but I can’t remember the name of the thread type. It is quite different from the Acme thread.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 10-26-2014 05:32 PM

Thanks Bob ans Stefang. I will look at the mechanism and see what I can see. I have not used the vise that much and Gramercy only sells high quality tools, but I may have gotten a defective product. I am going to call them and see if they have heard this before. Usually, “where there is smoke, there is fire”. Hopefully, if it is a part, I can get replaced and move on.


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