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Steviegtr23/02/2021 19:23:21
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Well i am glad that the response has been positive for the SG iron model. I have ordered one from ARC. The 100mm one. There is nothing wrong with the Abwood, just the 2 3/4" jaw opening being not enough.

From ARC ad it mentions a little fettling, i have seen a few youtube vids where they have remilled the raw casting which the leadscrew presses against. Also the odd deburr here & there. None of which i will mind doing. The alternative. Well i could not really find one.

Most of the european made ones that give a 4" jaw opening seem to be a bit too large & very expensive too. I would like to get on & make 4 clamps but until it arrives i have no measurements.


Steviegtr23/02/2021 19:24:46
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Posted by JasonB on 23/02/2021 16:41:31:

In the last 13 years I have probably only used my swivel bases twice and I could just have easily set the vice at an angle using other means if needed and would probably have to do that anyway if an accurate angle was needed.

The SG ones although of a similar jaw width have a smaller footprint as they don't have that lip running all round making it easier to see the dials and get the vice further back on the table without having to cut bits off.

My thought too. Smaller footprint.


Bill Phinn23/02/2021 21:03:48
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Academic for you, Steve, since you've made your choice, but one advantage of the Type 2 Precision vices is that, because of the absence of a screw running down the centre of the vice, you can hold relatively long and thin pieces of work upright in the vice with much less projection of the piece above the jaws than would be the case with conventional screw vices.

This might sound like an unlikely advantage, but it's been absolutely indispensable for the work I've been doing.

old mart23/02/2021 21:05:45
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They will be stronger and not be brittle like the ordinary cast iron., the Bisons are sg iron and I have drilled and machined them without the horrible black dust. You will have to make some dedicated clamps for it.

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