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    Re: Tomcat's New Garage and workshop

    Great Lathe Sean! I have a Model A Southbend with the quick change gearbox, very very handy. You may find yourself threading more than you think! Once you have the option you can really get cracking on making things. I really like the motor pulley set up you have. If the ways (bearing faces the compound and tailstock slide on) are not too worn by the chuck it'll last another 100 years.

    Don't limit yourself to the Wilton. There's better, if I say so myself, vises out there. I like my Reed much better than the Wilton. I've also got a Starrett vise that is solid as a rock. An old Columbian is also a great vise. A hobby to get into is Anvils/Railroad vises/Power hammers/Camelback drills... etc. It's costs the same if not more than this ol' motorcycle hobby.
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    Re: Tomcat's New Garage and workshop

    I too have a Southbend 9" "C" model made in the forties. I picked it up for $350 but it needed a motor and tooling. I also have the quick change gear box. I also have some extra "9" parts like some tooling and an extra set of change gears. I love it but I'm guilty of trying to make it do too much.

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    Also Charles Parker for a excellent vise. I have a Starrett and 2 Columbian vises at home and had a Parker at work for close to 40 years. All of them are good. I hate using a vise not up to the job.

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    Re: Tomcat's New Garage and workshop

    got the original shipment card from Southbend.....aka Grizzly machine. It's a 1935 model

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    Re: Tomcat's New Garage and workshop

    well finally found a Wilton vise. It's the first generation. They started making these in 1940. Mine is dated 7-45. What I understand that is the expiration of the 5 year warranty.....So that makes it one of the first years they made this in 1940.
    I don't understand how they can make money if they make a product that lasts for generations!

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    1947 EL
    1948 FL Project
    1947WL Project
    2000FLSTC

    But there's booze in the blender
    And soon it will render
    That frozen concoction that helps me hang on

    You never get better....you just get less awful. "Joe Walsh"

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    Re: Tomcat's New Garage and workshop

    Nice vise, but limited without the swivel base it should have.
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    Re: Tomcat's New Garage and workshop

    Swivel bases are nice but if one is working a heavy load on a piece a swivel base won't hold well.

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    Re: Tomcat's New Garage and workshop

    Quote Originally Posted by Paps View Post
    Swivel bases are nice but if one is working a heavy load on a piece a swivel base won't hold well.
    That is when you need other than a bench mounted vise..
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    Re: Tomcat's New Garage and workshop

    Nice vice! Finding an 80 year old piece in that condition is even better!

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