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Forum topic by BIRMINGHAM posted 04-07-2018 03:04 PM 554 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BIRMINGHAM

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04-07-2018 03:04 PM

Topic tags/keywords: massey bench vice question

I have an old Massey No 1 quick release, levered, vise that I want to use on a new bench. I have cleaned and lubricated it, and it functions very well.
However, when I open it, there is no stop that prevents the lower (outside) jaw from coming all the way out of the other part which is attached to the bench. Eventually the lower jaw will fall to the floor. This would not doubt cause some harm to the vice, the floor, and any toe that happened to get in the way!
Does anybody know if these vices had some type of retainer to keep the lower jaw in place? Or any idea how to modify the vice to prevent the lower jaw from intruding on one’s foot?
Thanks for all insights.

-- Birmingham, Willowbrook, IL


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BlasterStumps

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#1 posted 04-07-2018 04:59 PM

I’ll bump this back to the top. “theoldfart” has a Massey I believe. May not be that model but maybe he will see this and chime in.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#2 posted 04-07-2018 05:07 PM

If you can’t figure out a mechanical solution
some red paint on the part beyond which it
should not be pulled out would be a warning
at least.

A lot of this old stuff was made with dubious
insight on safety matters.

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#3 posted 04-08-2018 02:10 PM

I was thinking about this more and wonder if a chain could be attached from the underside of bench top to the sliding portion that would limit the opening of the jaw.
Mike

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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bondogaposis

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#4 posted 04-08-2018 06:48 PM

Couldn’t you drill a hole and put in cotter pine?

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 04-08-2018 07:44 PM

Mine is a Sheldon but I think the principle is the same. I’m away from home till Wednesday but if you post a pic of yours i’ll compare it with mine.

I’m pretty sure there is a stop screw underneath mine to prevent the jaw from pulling out.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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