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I got this beast for 10 bucks!! I still don't know what I have though, the label is ripped off but it looks like I can see the letters "SWO" or "SVO" possibly. I have been using a little Wilton Scout for the last few years, but it was time to get something a little beefier. So far got it mounted and hit it with some WD-40, works well but still needs some cleanup. What brand is it, and was it a great deal at 10 bucks? Thanks much!!

 

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Looks like a great deal to me- not like my pipe vice but the bottom of the jaws are different- maybe a picture of that part......
 

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Bottom part looks like a pipe vise. The top jaws appear to be normal vise jaws.
It IS a steal at ten bucks.
 

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Well that sounds good, I'm glad my 10 dollars was money well spent. The top jaws move together/apart nicely and appear to have only moderate usage. The upper jaws are 5 inches by the way. It kind of looks like the pipe vise got more use. Still wondering if someone knows what brand this could be?? Thanks for the help!

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I got this beast for 10 bucks!! I still don't know what I have though, the label is ripped off but it looks like I can see the letters "SWO" or "SVO" possibly. I have been using a little Wilton Scout for the last few years, but it was time to get something a little beefier. So far got it mounted and hit it with some WD-40, works well but still needs some cleanup. What brand is it, and was it a great deal at 10 bucks? Thanks much!!

That is an Allied Multi Purpose vise. I have the exact same one only painted red, I inherited from my dad, who I believe bought it from sears back in the seventies. They are made in china...of course..lol...and are about $100 new. They are pretty bullet proof, get the rust off that one , oil it some and put a coat of paste wax on the ram, and it should be good to go. The bottom part is for pipes and/or anything round. Those jaws come out and can be replaced with other accessories jaws they sold, they are just loosely in there and pinned in place by fiction from the nuts from a threw bolt on each side. The entire unit rotates by loosening the small bar locks on the side, which from that picture looks like your missing, should be a small bar on each side at the base.
 

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That is an Allied Multi Purpose vise. I have the exact same one only painted red, I inherited from my dad, who I believe bought it from sears back in the seventies. They are made in china...of course..lol...and are about $100 new. They are pretty bullet proof, get the rust off that one , oil it some and put a coat of paste wax on the ram, and it should be good to go. The bottom part is for pipes and/or anything round. Those jaws come out and can be replaced with other accessories jaws they sold, they are just loosely in there and pinned in place by fiction from the nuts from a threw bolt on each side. The entire unit rotates by loosening the small bar locks on the side, which from that picture looks like your missing, should be a small bar on each side at the base.
Thanks for the info, I had a hunch that it might be from China. Oh well. It's a beast and it seems to work well, I am going to fix it up a bit and use it for a while. Again, for 10 bucks I guess I did okay.
 

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Good deal - even the Harbor Freight version is $70!
That shriek from the movie Psycho just rang in my head when I read "Harbor Freight." Haha!

I mainly use my vise to clean these little guys, this is my staging area for planes I haven't cleaned yet...

 

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I highly doubt that, if the vise was made in the '70's, that it was made in China. We weren't doing much business with them back then. Japan, or Taiwan, maybe?
 

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I highly doubt that, if the vise was made in the '70's, that it was made in China. We weren't doing much business with them back then. Japan, or Taiwan, maybe?
Damn it's 36 degrees outside and you guys are making me go to the garage to take a couple pictures...lol... I think my dad built this workshop/garage in 76 or 77 and pretty sure he got the vise then, but it was for sure there in 1980 because I used it then, came home on leave from the Navy, I forget what I was doing..anyway sure looks like it say China to me. Thinking he got it at Sears he loved that store, but may have got it somewhere else. It is on the garage side not the workshop side so it's a little messy..lol
 

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Damn it's 36 degrees outside and you guys are making me go to the garage to take a couple pictures...lol... I think my dad built this workshop/garage in 76 or 77 and pretty sure he got the vise then, but it was for sure there in 1980 because I used it then, came home on leave from the Navy, I forget what I was doing..anyway sure looks like it say China to me. Thinking he got it at Sears he loved that store, but may have got it somewhere else. It is on the garage side not the workshop side so it's a little messy..lol
I stand corrected. I just don't remember seeing Chinese products much before the late ’80s. Environmental reg killed off many foundries in the US at that time, and I started seeing tools and machines coming from Taiwan and India with higher priced stuff from Japan. I thought the move to buying from China didn't really start until the '90s.
 

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I stand corrected. I just don't remember seeing Chinese products much before the late ’80s. Environmental reg killed off many foundries in the US at that time, and I started seeing tools and machines coming from Taiwan and India with higher priced stuff from Japan. I thought the move to buying from China didn't really start until the '90s.

I think some industrial stuff was coming out of china, but your right the big move came in the 90's I think because that is when Walmart started importing from china, and every one else had to follow suit to compete, hard pressed to find anything in Walmart not from china, except maybe the American flag, but that's because it's illegal to make a our flag anywhere but the U.S.A. Started when Sam Walton's idiot kids took over after he passed in 92. Until then Sam did business by finding failing companies and bailing them out by giving them a large contract in exchange for selling to him at a slightly cheaper price or exclusively to him, the company stayed in business, jobs stayed here and Sam got cheap goods, we got a better prices... every body wins. Then he died and his idiot kids took over, their solution, buy Chinese
 

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I think some industrial stuff was coming out of china, but your right the big move came in the 90's I think because that is when Walmart started importing from china, and every one else had to follow suit to compete, hard pressed to find anything in Walmart not from china, except maybe the American flag, but that's because it's illegal to make a our flag anywhere but the U.S.A. Started when Sam Walton's idiot kids took over after he passed in 92. Until then Sam did business by finding failing companies and bailing them out by giving them a large contract in exchange for selling to him at a slightly cheaper price or exclusively to him, the company stayed in business, jobs stayed here and Sam got cheap goods, we got a better prices... every body wins. Then he died and his idiot kids took over, their solution, buy Chinese
I did not know of Walmart's policy under Sam. As a Yank, I never heard of Walmart until the 2nd generation took over.
 
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