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Old 07-31-2012, 08:39 AM   #1
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Default Trash or Treasure Central Forge Vise

I picked this Central Forge vise out of the scrap bin at the salvage yard for $6.75. Thinking what a find. I knew the threads in the main nut were stripped and the screw had thread wear. I thought I might be able to repair it. Well after searching the net for repair parts I believe I have trash.
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Old 07-31-2012, 08:56 AM   #2
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how about buy a piece of achme all thred
how worn are the threads in the nut?
you could get a achme nut and fab the replacement part
sure its not cost efective but you will learn from the project

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Old 07-31-2012, 08:59 AM   #3
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In my opinion, I think you should place that one back in the bin and watch CL for a deal on a good used American vise. You'll be much happier with the quality.
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:15 AM   #4
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Weld a chain to it and it's a boat anchor. Chinese cast iron made from recycled Chevette engine blocks.

On second thought, put it back together and use it, heck abuse it, until you get a nice Wilton vise. THEN scrap this one.
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:29 AM   #5
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Step 1: Get a paint pen
Step 2: Write "USA" on the side of it
Step 3: Profit
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:29 AM   #6
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how about buy a piece of achme all thred
how worn are the threads in the nut?
you could get a achme nut and fab the replacement part
sure its not cost efective but you will learn from the project

bob

If it's a std Acme thread (sometimes they are not...) get the nut and do THIS ^^^

If not, its scrap, (unless someone has one with a busted jaw you can get the part from) but in the long run its not worth a ton of effort or money invested.
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:56 AM   #7
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I would be surprised if the threads were acme. Iím guessing theyíre wongme. I looked into a buying a piece of acme and a nut but the cost is too much for the low end unit. It will take a trip back the salvage yard since I donít have a boat. I have a Columbian M504 that was my Dadís. I built the stand it sits on today. It is my third hand.
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:10 AM   #8
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Click this link to take you to the Harbor Freight manual for this product. Replacement parts are listed and may be available. They're probably pretty cheap too.

http://manuals.harborfreight.com/man...7999/67040.pdf
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:39 AM   #9
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That thing looks almost brand new? If the threads stripped out that easily do you really want to buy the same replacemnet parts? I'd see if you can get at least 1/2 your money back on scrap value.
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That vise looks pretty new, but is the swivel base missing or do you have it? I would swing by hf on the way to the scrap yard and see if one of the dumbass employees would replace it.
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I'd probably just use it as a bench anvil and beat the snot out of it. When I finished trashing it I could still scrap it.
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Old 07-31-2012, 10:23 PM   #12
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HF replied to my email and they stated they no longer are taking special orders for repair parts. Throw away tools. Anyone need a part?
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:47 PM   #13
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weld a nut on the striped part ( a nut like what is used on all-thread, 1.75 long * .75 ID) then make a new rod out of a .75 all-thread . now you may not be able to "torque" the hell out of it but it can steal be useful. think out side the box some time and you may be able to come up with a "home made fix" to keep things rolling along !! you may need to use a larger size all-thread rod and nut, just depends on your ability to fix or build ....
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Trash.
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