Craftsman 6-inch bench vise is constructed with heavy duty precision-machined anvil to deliver incredible strength for gripping all kinds of objects. There were 10 Mechanic’s vices with fixed base, and 10 with swivel base, 7 Fitters vices with fixed base and 6 with swivel base, one Auto vice No. 74, one All-Steel Garage vice No. 75, 6 Record Steel vices with fixed base and 6 with swivel base, 1 Steel Fitters vice, 10 Heavy-Duty Steel Vices, 6 Heavy Chipping Vices, 8 Combination Vices, 3 Heavy-Duty Iron Vices, 5 Machine Vices, one Steel Floor Vice and 13 Woodworking Vices.
This being the case it is necessary to add the face plates before mounting the vise. I’ve been a woodworker for over 40 years, and never saw the allure of the Record vises. 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.
The ONLY reason I’ll never buy another Record 52-1/2 is that a guy really only needs one – and I’ll never wear this one out. I have a great place to get them, and you really can’t beat the price— Tools-plus has a great deal on the 10” vise. I’ve collected quite a few of them over the years and think that the Record 53A (fitted with a dust cover over the buttress scew) is the very best, especially the 1930s pattern with the patent No. 664709 on the front jaw above the handle. I mounted the vise, positioned the face plates, clamped them in position, unmounted the vise, inserted the 4 one inch wood screws and remounted the vise.
It fit exactly where the Record had been and has performed admirably in regular use since then. In order to be able to post messages on the Woodworking Talk – Woodworkers Forum forums, you must first register. This arrangement allows the use of thinner vice pads than some other face vice systems that use a 2 inch thick timber jaw pad whuch is drilled for round dogs to be inserted as needed, resulting in up to 1 1/4 inches of additional operining space between the jaws.
A vise screw from Lee Valley works great as the main screw with some slight modification. This means that the vise is very unobtrusive, staying out of the way, yet providing access when you need it. The inside of the mouth is smooth. This issue would be less significant with the 52 1/2 and especially the 53. So I would probably go with one of those if I was out on the market looking to purchase a Record vise. Chaffer eBay for great deals atomic woodcraftcom number 49 Woodworking Clamps and Vises.
The seller was apparently tired of having eighty pounds of what he considered useles iron around, so I got one vintage and pristine Record model 52 1/2 quick release 9” vise and two beautiful Columbian 7” 5-CD’s, all for the total sum of fifty bucks. I really like this design feature as it allows me to place the object in the vise, close it, and then make easy adjustments before fully tightening the vise.
The Record Drill chucks were first listed in a price list with Catalogue No 14 of 1935 and were listed as Temporarity withdrawen in price list April 1940. Shop made wooden jaw liners are easily installed using screws after the vise has been mounted. At the far end of the vise ( the end that doesn’t have #52 stamped into it) there is a split-pin. Al, it’s a 53. A woodworking school changed out all their vises and was giving these away! I have a Record 52E on my bench that I bought when I heard Record was about to go out of business. The Record and Paramo vices are designed to make contact first along the top edge of the jaws.
Since the quality of the vise was never a question, only the asking price, I do not feel too badly about overspending on a well constructed piece of hardware. Vintage cast iron work Table Clamp / Saw Vise about 7 inches long,mounts to work bench the wing nut opens and closes the clamp works well nice older look on cast iron. I wanted to buy a record 52 1/2 from , but I have many difficulties cause they don’t ship to Italy easily.
Record quick-release woodworking vices are fitted with quick release mechanisms, simple squeeze the trigger and a quick-release vice will be opened and closed without using the mainscrew. Here are some other considerations to make vice installation easier and vice operation more effective. Record woodworking vises record woodworking vises See climb instructions and how the promptly handout operates. I saved it for 10 years or so, waiting for a bench to put it on. I do like it, but I wouldn’t spend a lot of extra money for the Record brand. I have an English made Record 52 1/2 which I bought new in the mid 90s’ (Â£50) and it has done pretty well.
Use plenty of scrap timber to level the vise on the bench while you doing this and I found that very little force was needed for any of the part removal….light taps only. I did a lot of research and decided to try the Eclipse 10″ Quick Release Vise from Highland. However, that said, if you mostly make smaller projects such as boxes (like I do) and can get a 52 for cheap or even free (as I did), I think it is undoubtedly a handy and capable vise.
For a neater job (and more protection), the wooden cheeks can also be routed to fit around the top and sides of the front jaw (Fig.1). Allow about 1/2″ of space between the tops of the guide rods and the bottom of the cheeks so that veneer edges or mouldings can fit between them. Design obviously copied from record et al. If it lasts as long again, as it has so face, then it will outlast me.
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. The best woodworking vises IMHO have the simple cut in the screw thread that makes it fast to open and close. I love the old Record 52 vises and found that they were now very expensive and hard to come by as well.