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Old 04-23-2012, 01:06 AM   #1
Doug Deaton
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Default Request for Info: Columbian 605M Vise I Bought Today

Iíve 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 jackpotÖ.or at least I think I did. Hopefully, someone here can provide some information about the vises. Mods, I hope itís OK that I started a separate thread for each vise.
I paid $50 for this Columbian No. 605M. The side reads:

THE COLUMBIAN HDWE CO.
CLEVELAND. O.
MADE IN USA


Itís covered in a combination of grease, dirt, and light surface rust but it still works. There are no cracks or breaks but one of the jaw inserts is missing a pin/screw and someone welded the edge of the insert. It appears that the weld can be easily removed with a file and some careful handsaw work. I would like to try restoring this one and actually use it.

I have no idea how old this vise is and I know nothing about this particular model. Can anyone offer any information about this vise? Did I mess up or did I do good?

























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Old 04-23-2012, 01:10 AM   #2
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Default Re: Request for Info: Columbian 605M Vise I Bought Today

I'd say you did good. I wouldn't worry about the weld and the missing pin until you needed to replace the jaws .. Unless you wanted to do a restoration on the vise.
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:58 AM   #3
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Default Re: Request for Info: Columbian 605M Vise I Bought Today

Very cool! and made in Cleveland too!
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