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Dawn Quick Release Bench Vice Vise 6LQ Restoration Review


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Today I'm restoring and reviewing a Dawn vintage quick action vice - the 6LQ, which is product number 9027. It's 36.3kg and stands about 10 inches tall. It's jaws are 6-inchs, and this quick release model shows up in their 1969 catalogue - page 3 - and while a similar style vice is featured in their 1972 catalogue the LQ and SQ models have been dropped for the SQA (9028) which is a different casting at 46.8kg.

The review is broken up into six parts as there were too many photos to put it all on one page. The vice as I found it:

Here's a restoration review of a Dawn 6LQ vice - product number 9027 - which is a 6-inch or 150mm quick action vintage Australian made bench vice.

Here's a restoration review of a Dawn 6LQ vice - product number 9027 - which is a 6-inch or 150mm quick action vintage Australian made bench vice.

Here's a restoration review of a Dawn 6LQ vice - product number 9027 - which is a 6-inch or 150mm quick action vintage Australian made bench vice.

The quick release handle is underneath the usual one:

Here's a restoration review of a Dawn 6LQ vice - product number 9027 - which is a 6-inch or 150mm quick action vintage Australian made bench vice.

6LQ is cast into the side of the slide:

Here's a restoration review of a Dawn 6LQ vice - product number 9027 - which is a 6-inch or 150mm quick action vintage Australian made bench vice.

...and "Dawn" in each side of the static jaw:

Here's a restoration review of a Dawn 6LQ vice - product number 9027 - which is a 6-inch or 150mm quick action vintage Australian made bench vice.

The screw slid out from the dynamic jaw with no resistance:

Here's a restoration review of a Dawn 6LQ vice - product number 9027 - which is a 6-inch or 150mm quick action vintage Australian made bench vice.

The screw has undercut buttress threads:

Here's a restoration review of a Dawn 6LQ vice - product number 9027 - which is a 6-inch or 150mm quick action vintage Australian made bench vice.

That's certainly quite different to all of the other Dawn vices I have cleaned up to date. There's a hole in the end - I'm guessing that there's a cotter pin or similar that is missing:

Here's a restoration review of a Dawn 6LQ vice - product number 9027 - which is a 6-inch or 150mm quick action vintage Australian made bench vice.

The dynamic jaw slid out to reveal this on the underside:

Here's a restoration review of a Dawn 6LQ vice - product number 9027 - which is a 6-inch or 150mm quick action vintage Australian made bench vice.

Here's a restoration review of a Dawn 6LQ vice - product number 9027 - which is a 6-inch or 150mm quick action vintage Australian made bench vice.

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