How-To: Take Apart, Lube, & Mount A Bench Vise

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In this video, I show you how to mount, lube, and take apart a bench vise. I bought a used Morgan 135 to replace my c-man vise. This vise is high quality and made in the USA.

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  1. Paste wax mixed with a dry lubricant, like graphite or Molybdenum powder works well. I find the dry lube helps to smooth it out, plus it'll help reduce wear over time and not attract dust.

  2. you probably want to build an iron frame under that vise for better stability/ support bc it wobbles too much ūüĎą

  3. Do you have any knowledge of the 145? I'm looking for the screw size (diameter and length), thread type, and tpi. Thanks.

  4. Was looking for the Garage Journal link about vises that you mentioned in your video; didn't see it. I found it and thought I would post it:

    https://www.garagejournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=62716

  5. How old is your vise? Manufacturer? I think I have the same one and I have no clue about the details other than it was made in Japan.

    Cheers!

  6. you should try putting a square plate sandwiched between your vise and bench top. use the same mounting bolts. make the plate extend out about a foot square lining up with corner of table. now you will have a surface to hammer things on and a nifty little welding table.

  7. Hi, i like the covers for the jaws at the end of the video but, can i use or it is recomended worrking with that angles of protection?. Thanks!!.

  8. if you roatated the mounting holes a bit, you could get that vise over the end enough to have vertical clearance at the front of static Jaw. Wheel Bearing grease is just fine, stays in place and we are not building cupboards! Anchor that bench to the wall.

  9. After a good number of years using vices, my preference for lubrication is heavy mineral oil. I use a 250 grade, yes, that is correct, 250 weight axle oil. It's heavy enough to stay in place, but still flows enough to lubricate well. Grease isn't a good choice. Normal grease is basically mineral soap mixed with oil, on sliding surfaces it's gets displaced and over time it dries out. Anti seize greases aren't appropriate for this application either.
    Further advice is never to hit a vice, or the work held in it. Light tapping of work is ok but not heavy blows. If drilling or cutting work in a vice, cover the sliding surfaces with rag to prevent swarf and filings getting into sliding surfaces. Also, keep saw blades away from the jaws. When I see a vice with hacksaw marks on the top or sides of the jaws I know it's been misused. The bench vice is one of the most abused tools ever!

  10. nice video. I am in the process of setting up my own workbench and vise but Im running into a problem with the vise having four mounting points. this makes it difficult to mount it right on the edge of the table because I have put 2×6 skirt all the way around the work bench under the plywood table top for added strength. those are in the way for the washer and nut Im using to mount the vise. I suppose I could still mount it on the edge if I cut one of the mounting points off the vise and just use three out of the four.

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