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Old 03-26-2008, 06:14 PM
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Default 6" Wilton #1765 Swivel Bench Vise

I needed a quality vise, after breaking multiple cheap imports, and being unable to find a good used vise, I ended up settling on a Wilton model #1765 swivel bench vise. It has a 6.25" wide jaws and will open up over 6", and also has a small set of pipe jaws below the main flat jaws. It well made, it says it made in the USA, and weighs about 75#. Because I don't have a stationary work bench, I ended up mounting the vise on a long ago discontinued Craftsman, roll around bottom tool box, it has a 3/4" chipcore top, to add stability, the vise is mounted on the top, with hole in the chipcore and the metal top of the tool box, to a 16" x 16" x 5/8" steel plate with threaded hole that match the base of the vise, forming a base/chipcore/tool box top/ steel plate sandwich, making the mounted vise very rigid. The vise is on the expensive side now selling for about $450. I'm still looking for a big old vise, I'm waiting for the next GE auction, they always sell the "junk" off about every year or so.

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Old 03-26-2008, 06:33 PM
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Don't let Cutter see that, he's already got a case of wiltin' envy.:evil:
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Old 03-26-2008, 06:46 PM
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Jack, don't feel bad aboout plunking down cash on a new Wilton, even their new ones are still some of the best vises made today. The one you have pictured looks like their "Tradesman" line which are very nice units. I have a couple of the Wilton 450S "machinist" vises that I bought new a few years back and I haven't regretted it for a second. The only thing mine don't have are the pipe jaw inserts. I also have mine mounted on pedestals so I can get all the way around whatever I'm working on.

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Old 03-26-2008, 07:05 PM
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KB,

Yes, it one of the Tradesman line, I had originally order the 6" machinist vise, but this was shipped by mistake, it looked pretty good, so I kept it. If I had the room, I would put mine on a pedestal, but because of the machinery closet's lack of space, I can't give up the room to do it. Wilton does make nice vises, high cost, but also extremely high quality.

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Old 03-26-2008, 07:41 PM
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Jack, just out of curiosity what is the diameter of the bore - the slider?
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Old 03-26-2008, 07:53 PM
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Cutter,

About 2.5"

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Old 03-26-2008, 08:58 PM
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Yep. wilton vises are among the best you can get. I have two 3" machinist vises, and two 5" machinist vises, and they have all performed great.
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Old 03-26-2008, 10:36 PM
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Wilton's are indeed the best got two tradesman models 4" and 6" Love 'em both.
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Old 03-26-2008, 11:01 PM
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My Dad gave me his Wilton SO176 vise ( vice for cutter). If it could talk, I'd have to stop. Maybe...... It's great thing to have.
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