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Forum topic by Notw posted 06-10-2021 03:26 PM 409 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-10-2021 03:26 PM

The leg vise on my workbench is made from a Yost vise and the criss cross portion from Benchcrafted. The yost vise appears to have a spring pin holding the arm on. I am wondering if anyone has ever removed this and put a wheel like the benchcrafted vises on before?

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#1 posted 06-10-2021 03:40 PM

I have considered it, but have had trouble finding a wheel for a decent price that would fit. I keep checking in antique shops for old wheels from various things but they all are either too small or too large.

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#2 posted 06-10-2021 04:07 PM



I have considered it, but have had trouble finding a wheel for a decent price that would fit. I keep checking in antique shops for old wheels from various things but they all are either too small or too large.

- SMP

Ditto. I never did track down a wheel I wanted to use. Eventually I replaced the screw with a Hovarter mechanism though so a wheel isn’t all that practical now so I quit hunting.

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#3 posted 06-10-2021 05:14 PM

Something like this? It would have to be drilled to the correct shaft diameter. https://www.grizzly.com/products/grizzly-spoked-handwheel-8/h3193

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#4 posted 06-10-2021 06:16 PM

yes Foghorn, just didn’t know if someone had done it before and if it was worth the time

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#5 posted 06-10-2021 06:38 PM

The only downside to a wheel on a leg vise IMO is that you’re probably going to want a handle sticking out. That puts the projection further out than the handle you have. I could foresee that bruising my thighs more than once…

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#6 posted 06-10-2021 06:41 PM

good point, thigh would be the least of my worry

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#7 posted 06-10-2021 07:01 PM

For me it was more about looks, i wanted something cooler/older looking. Closest I found was in some antique store it was a large metal pipe fitting with a valve that had a large cast wheel. But they wanted over $100 for the whole thing. I was trying to keep it around $30-50, hence my slow search continues…

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#8 posted 06-10-2021 07:24 PM

I was thinking of something similar to my tail vise as it has a wheel.

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#9 posted 06-11-2021 10:56 AM

Similar maybe?

https://www.lumberjocks.com/donwilwol/blog/34022

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#10 posted 06-11-2021 11:49 AM



Similar maybe?

https://www.lumberjocks.com/donwilwol/blog/34022

- Don W


Ohh thats cool, something new to look for when rust hunting

-- You got to be tough if your going to be stupid. Jason

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#11 posted 06-11-2021 02:46 PM

That’s exactly the kind of thing I searched for but never found. My biggest problem was I didn’t want anything bigger than 8” because it would be too big and I wanted minimum projection/depth sticking out. And the few cool wheels I did run across that were small enough to suit me had hubs that were too small for the screw shaft.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#12 posted 06-11-2021 02:49 PM

Adam Savage just had a one day build video where he put a handle on his andy klein vise, the handle folded down so it didn’t project out as much.

-- You got to be tough if your going to be stupid. Jason

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#13 posted 06-11-2021 03:01 PM

Here’s one along the lines of several I considered. With this one, you’d have to bore out the hex and make a bushing to reduce it to fit your shaft (which is .950” diameter if I recall correctly).

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#14 posted 06-11-2021 07:35 PM

Thanks for posting this question. I’m building a workbench now and it gave me a idea. (My ideas makes little children wet the bed at night). I found a 4” and a 8” cast iron hand wheel on Amazon for $18 and $44. They have to be drilled to fit but they don’t have a handle sticking out. That’ll keep me from tightening the vice more than I should. It’s the Morton cast iron hand wheel that’s not chrome plated. Looks like a similar color as the Benchcrafted but a WHOLE lot cheaper.

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#15 posted 06-12-2021 01:12 AM



That s exactly the kind of thing I searched for but never found. My biggest problem was I didn t want anything bigger than 8” because it would be too big and I wanted minimum projection/depth sticking out. And the few cool wheels I did run across that were small enough to suit me had hubs that were too small for the screw shaft.

- HokieKen

I’ve got an old tractor steering wheel that was intended for it, but liked the weight. It acts like a fly wheel. Almost like a quick release. Want it closed, just give it a push and the weight carries it shut or open.

I did have one issue with it. One day I was in a hurry and a set a piece of 5/4 oak in front of it. Still in a hurry I wanted the vise open so I grabbed the handle and gave it a hardy spin. Well my fingers were between the handle and the oak, with the fly wheel in motion. I did several laps around the shop not sure if I should cry, pee my pants or pass out, before I dared look at my fingers. Luckily nothing was broke, but NOTHING get set in front of it now.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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