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Help to Dismantle a bench Vice Answered

Hi I have a bench vice which I am trying to dismantle. I am having trouble getting it apart, when fully wound out it stops, I think because there is a pin visible from the back which turns with the thread. Would this prevent the thread coming right out? There is also a spring visible from the handle end, hopefully this information may help someone identify the type of vice I am dealing with. The problem with the vice is that it is very hard to turn the handle, I hope someone will know why it is stiff to turn and the possible cause and fix for the problem.

Thanks, Peter

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Jack A Lopez
Jack A Lopez

1 year ago

Usually the parts on a bench vise are big and sturdy, and easy to see.

Maybe unbolting the vise from the bench would help? That way you could turn it upside down, or examine it from any angle, and perhaps this would make the parts easier to see.

I was going to also suggest spelling the word correctly. The vise with the steel jaws is spelled with a letter "s".

Vice with a "c" is bad habits that are often illegal, e.g. drugs, gambling, prostitution. Sometimes the word is used for a division of a police department that deals specifically with vice crimes, like that old TV show, "Miami Vice".

The spelling might be important, if you are using search engines to try to look for help on this topic, like for example, a search for images of,

"bench vise disassembly"

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=bench+vise+disassembly&i...

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rogerzilla
rogerzilla

Reply 4 months ago

Jack, you may not have been aware that the spelling is always "vice" in British English, whether referring to the tool or the bad habit. We tend to call Vise-Grips (the locking pliers) "mole grips", just to confuse matters.

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Jack A Lopez
Jack A Lopez

Reply 4 months ago

I thank you for correcting me, Rogerzilla. I did not know that, but I should not be surprised.

This term "mole grips" is confusing though, because I did not think moles, the burrowing rodents, have a particularly strong grip. They're good at digging, but good at gripping? Maybe it is because the shape is kind of pointy, like a mole's head.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mole_(animal)

"Alligator clips," same thing as "crocodile clips,"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocodile_clip

make sense. The shape is similar to an aligator's head, and both, the artifact and the animal, have strong gripping jaws.

I suppose those pliers could be called "Kung Fu grips." Maybe. I don't know if you've heard of that one. It was from a brand of toys, that might NOT have been popular worldwide.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G.I._Joe#Adventure_T...

chemists_do_it_with_moles_500x364.jpg
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Josehf Murchison
Josehf Murchison

1 year ago

The two most common causes of a stiff vice is dirt or a bent rod.
There should be a pin or a locking ring that holds the handle and threaded rod in place.
Remove the locking ring or the pin pin with a pin punch and the handle and threaded rod should screw right out.
Some vices you need to remove the threaded post to get the jaws apart.
There are a number of YouTube videos on vise restoration like this.

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Downunder35m
Downunder35m

1 year ago

There will be a stopping pin or ring.
One is at the front of the moving part - this holds the threaded rod.
Another one might be located on the rod itself to prevent the slide to come off during normal operation.
In most cases the slides (dove tails) need a good polish and some grease, same for the threads.
It can reall help to use some thin oil prior to dismantling it.
Once you reach waht the rod can move, the retainers have to come off and the rest is done manually.
It might be necessary to use a big bolt in a block so you can push the two parts apart.
Be careful to do this evenly as otherwise you will jam it at the last bit.

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jimpittmon
jimpittmon

1 year ago

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