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I picked up a little Ess-Vee 100mm (4") bench vice recently that needed a little bit of TLC - here's our minor restoration and review of it. The previous owner said it was pretty old - though what exactly that means is anybody's guess. From what I can find online the company makes tools in India.
The other side:
It's not super well defined on the side of the vice but you can see the maker's name:
At some point the main nut has been cracked - not through the threaded area for the screw, instead the foot where the screw is screwed into the base:
This doesn't seem to have a huge effect on the main screw - it does not appear to shift much even without the support of the bolted section. The handle is 12mm in diameter:
215mm end to end:
Cleaning it up for some fresh paint the casting quality appears... varied:
There are quite a few sections with cavities in the surface, which were largely hidden by paint. Finished cleaning, fresh paint:
The spring that sits around the screw was a little short here and allowed the screw/handle to move before the dynamic jaw moved:
I wasn't sure that the vice was assembled correctly (previous owner error?) but there was a taper on the screw and a matching taper in the slide, that fit neatly together:
Putting a washer on the outside resulted in the hole through the screw being much too far under the spring to fit a split pin through even with the spring under full compression. So... slop it is, or a longer spring.
Reassembled with new grease:
Not sure what the "3" on the side of the slide represents.
In use (this particular example, at least) the vice isn't awe-inspiring - there's a lot of slop left/right and up/down in the dynamic jaw and the loose spring doesn't help with the screw staying tight. On the upside, the screw is pretty well protected and I suspect that for light and occasional use the vice would be adequate - but I wouldn't call it a nice tool to use.
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