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Offline Allen Smithee

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A rare lucky break
« on: July 07, 2019, 12:09:46 PM »
My elder daughter bought a flat, and in it's brick shed thingy there was a bit of a work bench with a vice - she said I could have it if I unbolted it and took it away. While it looks a bit tired it's all cosmetic - the action is smooth, the thread and quick-release are in excellent nick and the smattering of surface rust just wipes off. It's much heavier and stiffer than any of my other vices, so I'm quite pleased...

AS
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Re: A rare lucky break
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2019, 12:44:03 PM »
Nice find AS. A little clean up and fresh paint and it'll be like new.

Bill

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Re: A rare lucky break
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2019, 02:00:54 PM »
Useful  :)

How sharp are the serrations on the jaws? That will give you an indication of the use/abuse it has suffered in its life.

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Re: A rare lucky break
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2019, 05:30:47 PM »
The jaws have been replaced with pieces of 1"x1/2" flat brass bar - so it looks like at least one of the previous owners had a clue.

AS
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Re: A rare lucky break
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2019, 08:05:23 PM »
I Have used the exact same vice for years, mine has aluminium jaws fitted, you will not be disappointed.

Phil

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Re: A rare lucky break
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2019, 01:50:49 PM »
I just got a bit of a shock. I know proper tools cost proper money and all that, but I was doing some research and I found this viceis still in production at Irwin as the "Record T8434" and comes with a pricetag of a mere a mere £690(incVAT) (see catalogue below). I think I need to lie down...

For something so valuable I think I'll strip and fully refurbish it before bolting it to the bench. A decent piece of kit like this is worth restoring to fully serviceable condition before using. So I need to find somone local with a bead blaster to remove the paint and rust, but after priming I'm torn between the original royal blue (probably in smooth hammerite) and my pot of myford grey enamel.

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Re: A rare lucky break
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2019, 03:04:44 PM »
Interesting, a quick search here in the USA seems to only show this particular vise available from EU/UK suppliers. Irwin's offerings over here are the typical consumer vises in the $75 range, imports no doubt. Definitely worth the extra effort to restore it completely !!

Bill

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Re: A rare lucky break
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2019, 09:16:36 PM »
OK that is serious money  :o

My only gripe with hammer paint / lacquer (Hammerite ?) is the fact that you can't get the proper version from our youth anymore (safety - kind of OK, but annoying in certain areas) .... this means that it does not look like the original, nor feel the same anymore ....  :(

Nice score anyway and I feel like you - it deserves total reconditioning  :whoohoo:

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Re: A rare lucky break
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2019, 11:04:28 PM »
Record vices are well known in the uk for quality

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Re: A rare lucky break
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2019, 03:32:23 PM »
v. nice. I have a record 34p cast steel vice that I payed £45 for in a real state, so free is a bargain. Mine is now restored and will deffo outlast me!

Offline Mike Bondarczuk

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Re: A rare lucky break
« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2019, 12:39:47 PM »
Attached is a picture of the used Record 84 vice I purchased some 10 years ago for £10 and it is still in its original blue colour.

All in fine working order though I do use aluminium soft jaws for the majority of the work I use it for.

Mike

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Re: A rare lucky break
« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2019, 06:20:53 PM »
When the apprentice school at work was being reorganised I got an unused Gressel AX100 (new price ~CHF500) for CHF20.
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Roger