This is about to push up the price of old Record vises on eBay, but don’t be fooled by thinking the new Irwin Record vises being sold on eBay and other sites are the same as the pre Irwin Record vises because they are sold as ‘Record’ or Irwin vises. These vises and many other Asian knockoffs painted blue are not the same animal at all.
[lightbox link="http://paulsellers.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/10/DSC_0070.jpg" thumb="http://paulsellers.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/10/DSC_0070.jpg" width="0" align="left" title="DSC_0070" frame="true" icon="image"]A year ago I bought 6 Record vises in one lot on eBay In 2007 I bought 10 school workbenches with Woden vises for the vises and the beech wood from the benches. We’ve used the vises at the UK school but the vises are now about 60 years old. The Record #52 1/2 vises I bought were all pre 60′s and were well used. They work perfectly. I have a US bench on storage in Texas that has my original vies on it. One bought secondhand in the late 60′s and the owner had used it for some decades before me.
Presently, on my personal benches, I have three Woden vises on the two benches at my home workshop and at the Penrhyn Castle workshop, have two personal benches there, I have two Record vises and a Woden vise.
I have not found an import vise in the UK that compares to the Record vise. In the US they still have the Jorgensen 41012 Woodworkers Vise that has been around for decades and is fairly priced at around $150. Because Record sold off its tooling and production here in the UK ceased, Irwin Record vises are no longer produced in the UK but on another continent. The quality of castings does not match those of the original Record Marples and so longevity will likely match that of Asian imports which as yet has never compared to domestic British or US standards.
[lightbox link="http://paulsellers.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/10/DSC_0054.jpg" thumb="http://paulsellers.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/10/DSC_0054.jpg" width="0" align="left" title="DSC_0054" frame="true" icon="image"]I found three more Record vises I have collected under my repair shop bench this week as I was reorganising and clearing out my excess waste. These were well rusted when I bought them so cleaned off the rust with plastic and wire abrasive discs and pads, fettled the moving quick release components whilst I had access to them and greased and oiled all other moving parts ready to install as new benches come together.
[lightbox link="http://paulsellers.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/10/DSC_0058.jpg" thumb="http://paulsellers.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/10/DSC_0058.jpg" width="0" align="left" title="DSC_0058" frame="true" icon="image"]It’s always a good idea to strip down the components and remove any rust as the rust tends to slow down the movement of the quick release or cause the engagement to slip just as you are about to cinch up the vise jaws on the workpiece. It’s a simple matter to remove the cast block, abrade off the rust and reinstall. [lightbox link="http://paulsellers.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/10/DSC_0068.jpg" thumb="http://paulsellers.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/10/DSC_0068.jpg" width="0" align="left" title="DSC_0068" frame="true" icon="image"][lightbox link="http://paulsellers.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/10/DSC_0057.jpg" thumb="http://paulsellers.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/10/DSC_0057.jpg" width="0" align="left" title="DSC_0057" frame="true" icon="image"]I prefer the bulk of this work to be done with a coarse plastic abrasive disk, the ones used in metal working industries for the same purpose, as this literally removes the rust without causing damage to the metal or too much reduction. [lightbox link="http://paulsellers.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/10/DSC_0069.jpg" thumb="http://paulsellers.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/10/DSC_0069.jpg" width="0" align="left" title="DSC_0069" frame="true" icon="image"]I find this especially so on the parallel bars either side of the screw thread. On the screw thread itself I used a 2″ diameter wire wheel. This went deep into the internal corners of the threads and removed any and all rust. Once completed I waxed the newly exposed areas around the jaws, greased the threads inside the threaded block that receives the screw stem and greased the screw rod. The vises are now ready to install.