EDIT: Looking for ideas. What would you use this for?

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02-10-2022 06:03 PM

EDIT: Tried posting this on my phone while I had a few minutes free. What a mess. Sorry about that. Should be good now.

Found this pipe vise cleaning out my dad’s basement. First I thought it was a drill press vise, but no. I’m wondering if I can still somehow use it (or parts of it) as a drill press vise. Or maybe use it to build a woodworking vise or a leg vise. Any other ideas.

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#1 posted 02-10-2022 06:14 PM

Sorry, you post seems to be incomplete. Also a picture would help.

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#2 posted 02-10-2022 08:18 PM

I would use my mystery hat.

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#3 posted 02-11-2022 01:57 PM

It looks like some sort of press or cutting device.

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#4 posted 02-11-2022 02:02 PM

I’m thinking repurposing it for a door stop.

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#5 posted 02-11-2022 02:02 PM

I’m thinking repurposing it for a door stop.

ack, accidently reposted this, now can’t get it to go away!

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#6 posted 02-11-2022 02:15 PM

I believe it’s a vintage pipe vice, meant to be mounted on a bench or similar. Would make a great press for small stuff.

BTW: Phoenix Hdw was a large vice manufacturer back in the day

Here is a similar one on picclick


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#7 posted 02-11-2022 05:01 PM

+1 for Brad. Definitely a pipe vise, but a small one.

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#8 posted 02-11-2022 05:03 PM

It was to hold pipes, so one could cut a pipe to length…ream the inside of the pipe for any burrs, and then thread that end of the pipe….Was also to hold a pipe, while adding the next connection to it…like the end of a Pipe Union.

My dad used to own one of those….

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#9 posted 02-12-2022 01:18 PM

Use it as it is or sell it or give it.

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#10 posted 02-12-2022 01:20 PM

pretty sure its a vice for firehose, or canvas hose, to shut down line, or otherwise, vices like this were used on old hydrants that the valve wouldn’t shut down, and it was used as a pipe vise, hydrant valves are notorious for corroding and locking up,
rj in az

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#11 posted 02-12-2022 01:32 PM

My father had one of these things. Heavy as Hell.
Never thought about repurpoding, but looks like you could make an enclosed tail vise (somehow popularly called a “wagon vise”) or face type vise.
I would think the screw too short for a leg vise, but if you can find a longer one, why not?

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#12 posted 02-12-2022 01:49 PM

+3 on pipe clamp/vice. Obviously made to mounted to something stationary.
Held the pipe while it was cut and/or threaded.

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#13 posted 02-12-2022 02:00 PM

+4 – Pipe Vise

I worked pipeline distribution in a former life. We had these mounted to the bumper of our vans and trucks so we could cut and thread steel pipe for service upgrades and in-house gas line tie-ins. This one would be good for up to 2” pipe maybe, but for residential service, that would be more than you would ever need.

I wouldn’t change it a bit. This is one of those tools you never need until you, a family member or close friend do. And when you need it, there really isn’t a great substitute. My bench vise has pipe jaws. Really comes in handy for anything round really.

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