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Old 04-23-2012, 01:13 AM   #1
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Default Brought This Columbian D46 Vise Today - Info Requested

I’ve been looking all over the place for a used American made vise and today I found two Columbian vises at two different locations. Against my better judgment, I decided to buy them both. I hit the jackpot….or at least I think I did. Hopefully, someone here can provide some information about the vises. Mods, I hope it’s OK that I started a separate thread for each vise.

I paid $65 for this Columbian D46. It appears to be in working order and has at least two different colors of paint on it. The jaws are 6” wide and the inserts have slotted screw heads and appear to be easily replaceable. I intend to strip this one down, repaint it, and put it to work.

How old is this vise? Is this a quality model? Did I make a mistake or did I do OK? All advice and info is appreciated.













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Old 03-24-2013, 04:50 PM   #2
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Hello, I have one of these I've had for years. I obtained it needing work. I was working on it today and found out it is missing a part. On the spindle assembly, there is a groove for some sort of retaining clip. It is what moves the jaw when you unscrew the spindle handle. Do you have a picture of whatever goes there or can you lead me to where I can get one? Thanks for any help you can provide.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:22 PM   #3
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Hello, I have one of these I've had for years. I obtained it needing work. I was working on it today and found out it is missing a part. On the spindle assembly, there is a groove for some sort of retaining clip. It is what moves the jaw when you unscrew the spindle handle. Do you have a picture of whatever goes there or can you lead me to where I can get one? Thanks for any help you can provide.
The part you need is a spilt ring. For the time being, an e clip might work.
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:45 PM   #4
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that's a good deal for a 6" US made vise
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Eh,IMHO....I think you paid about twice it`s value. It is a cheaper quality one,not something you will want to put up to any real abuse. I see this style at just about every single garage/estate sale I go to. I pass on them for $10-$15.
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The part you need is a spilt ring. For the time being, an e clip might work.


Yup, I used a 3/4" e clip...so far so good.

Man, if some of ya think these are cheap junk vices...I'd love to see your well built ones.....

I got mine for free and fixed with a clip I found in my garage, but I'd easily pay $80 for it compared to the new junk I see for sale BUILT IN CHINA! for twice the price.
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Eh,IMHO....I think you paid about twice it`s value. It is a cheaper quality one,not something you will want to put up to any real abuse. I see this style at just about every single garage/estate sale I go to. I pass on them for $10-$15.
That's kind of harsh, they're not that bad. I've had a D45 for 25 yrs., bought used, has held up fine to regular shop use. If you don't put a pipe on the handle or other foolishness, it will probably be fine for most jobs. Just know if it won't hold, you need a bigger, heavier vise, don't kill that one.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:11 PM   #8
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One of those looked like it spent time in a body shop...prime over spray all over it.
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Old 04-14-2013, 09:33 PM   #9
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I think you got a good deal I have the same vice and I've beat the hell out of it for over 10 years and its never let me down....

Look at what vises are going for on eBay..

Fomocopower is just pissed you got a good USA made vicefor a good price... if he passes them up all the time for 10 or 15 bucks he is a FOOL

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I think you got a good deal I have the same vice and I've beat the hell out of it for over 10 years and its never let me down....

Look at what vises are going for on eBay..

Fomocopower is just pissed you got a good USA made vicefor a good price... if he passes them up all the time for 10 or 15 bucks he is a FOOL
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:11 PM   #11
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I don't think you got completely raped, but I don't think you got a steal either. That is a mid range shop vise, with a pressed/cast-in formed dynamic jaw slide. Being 6" wide in the jaw does not make it "heavy duty. It IS a good step above the Homeowner's vises (These are the $10-$15 vises, and can be had even cheaper, as I can attest...), with the exposed screw. It is not anywhere near the level of a good machinist vise. I'd guess the weight at something under 30, probably under 25 lbs. (A similarly sized homeowners, would weigh maybe 15 18 lbs, max, and a machinist vise tipping 100+)

What does the other vise look like?

Good serviceable vise, worth cleaning up, but don't over abuse it.
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