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Old 10-08-2011, 10:35 PM
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Default Vanderman mfg. co. vise

I picked up this vise at a yard sale a couple of years ago and decided it was time to finally do something with it. It is made by Vanderman Mfg. Co. It is a No. 1 and it has the #3 stamped under the movable jaw on the fixed jaw. i'd guestimate that it must weigh in at 50 to 75 lbs or so.

Does anyone have more information on theis vise? How do you think it might be?

I am in the process of wire brushing it and painting it with a rust converter I picked up at TSC today. ($20 a bottle! ) I have not used this brand before (plasti-kote, i think) I have only used the permatex brand stuff that Cutter likes

Surprisingly, everything came apart so easy you would have thought the vise was brand new. The only issue I can see with it, is that the movable jaws' hardened insert was welded and the weld has since broke. The jaws originially are held in place with rivets! My plan is to grind off the weld and drill out the rivets. Then drill and tap the holes for bolts. Unless someone has another idea? I am open to suggestion here.

I will post better pictures later with more details, but here are a couple to get started with.
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Old 10-09-2011, 12:35 AM
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Default pictures as promised

Here are a few more pictures of the vise:
pic 1 is of the manufacturer info and vise size (I guess)
pic 2 is where the #3 is stamped
pic 3 is the fixed jaw showing how the hardened jaw insert is held in place with rivets
pic 4 is the fixed jaw showing the rivets go all the way through
pic 5 is the movable jaw showing the broken weld
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Old 10-09-2011, 12:39 AM
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a few more pics

1 is after I drilled and punched out the rivets in the movable jaw
2 is the hardened jaw insert and what was left of the rivets
3 is the logo on the sides of the movable jaw
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Old 10-09-2011, 01:47 PM
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Do you plan on restoring the teeth on the removable jaw? If so how will you do that? I need to do that on a couple of my vises and I do not have a milling machine, so I was wondering how it can be done without one.
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Old 10-09-2011, 02:09 PM
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Neat vise. Here is a suggestion for repairing the teeth. weld a short section of the teeth at a time. grind area flat,cut into the weld at the center of the vee on the teth with a cutoff wheel and the use a triangle file to finish. That should get you in the ballpark of the shape you want.
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Great, thanks guys I didn't have plans to restore the teeth, but I may now. For the immediate future I will just reassemble and see how it goes. The teeth don't actually look that bad. I don't believe this vise had a very hard life.
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Got it painted late last night. Put it back together tonight and took it over to one of the load scales at work. It weighed in at 100 lbs even! Heavier than I thought. Guess I don't know my own strength

here's a pic of the finished product.

I think i have decided to build a heavier duty welding table. My sheet metal cover table is not going to be strong enough to hold this brute! My current table has 2" square tubing with 1/4" wall legs. I will probably reuse those. the sheet metal top I will lower down to become a shelf. I have some 3/8 diamond plate that I will flip upside down to use as the top. Shouldn't be an $$ to spend on this next project except maybe some welding rod. I'll start a new thread when begin on the table.
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Old 10-09-2011, 11:02 PM
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Looking good, Bull. Any idea what the two radiused notches on the back are for?


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I found a site that mentioned they were for bending pipe. it also said the vise originally came with inserts for different size pipe.
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Old 10-19-2011, 10:44 AM
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I have a vice that looks like that one but I think the one I have is larger. I remember having to separate it in order to lift it. As I recall it has a 2 inch diameter screw. Looking at yours is prompting me to take another look at mine. It's in a storage shed and I havn't seen it in a few years as I have no structure to mount it to.

It was on a steel table that I bought at an auction. I found out later that two other bidders were bidding for the vice (I was bidding for the table).
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