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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


Josehf Murchison

10 days 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.

Jack A Lopez

11 days 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"



12 days 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.


12 days ago

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