Help identify milling vise?

Got this 4" vise with my Clausing 8520:
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Plate reads:
Athol Mach. & Fdy. Co.
Athol, Mass. USA
Vise No. 1024
Trying to find some info in it, google or Thomas Register show nothing.
Thanks!
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Terry Keeley
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Athol Vise was either started by or absorbed by L.S. Starrett. Not sure of the relationship between Athol Machine & Foundry and Athol Vise, but it may be the same.
In any event, Starrett sold a # 1024 milling machine vise. I believe it's been discontinued, though.
John Martin
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John Martin
Thanks for the help, couldn't find any info though. Maybe I'll try Starrett...
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Terry Keeley
Terry, not that it's my business, but why do you care? If the vise is in good shape, use it. If not, post the problem. - GWE
Terry Keeley wrote:
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Grant Erwin
That sure looks like a Brown & Sharpe clone! Could this have been made during war years?
LLoyd
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Lloyd E. Sponenburgh
It is in very good shape but the jaws are quite dinged up and I'd like to find new ones if possible. I'd also like to know if its a quality vise and maybe get some specs on squarness etc. Guess I'm really trying to decide whether to keep it or replace it with a newer Kurt or something...
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Terry Keeley
Make several sets. Some soft some hard some so-so. You can do it if you have a shaper or a mill.
My dad did it for my large bench vise on the lathe and by hand.
Martin Martin Eastburn @ home at Lions' Lair with our computer lionslair at consolidated dot net NRA LOH, NRA Life NRA Second Amendment Task Force Charter Founder
Terry Keeley wrote:
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Martin H. Eastburn
Not Brown & Sharpe, but Starrett.
Terry emailed me to say that he had contacted Starrett and that they had bought the vise company 25 years ago and had just recently sold it to Yost. I think that's wrong though, because I believe it was bought during the days that LS was there, and he died in 1922.
If my father in law was still around, I'd ask him. He'd know, I think, as he started working full time for the company in 1941 and, except for a couple of years during WWII, was still putting in 40++ hour weeks when he died in 2001.
LS Starrett purchased more than a few companies in his day. Among them, Union Twist Drill. Much of it is detailed in "The Starrett Story", a small booklet which is still available, I think, free from the company. It's pretty interesting reading.
John Martin
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John Martin
Just got home from work a got a message from the tech at Yost (near Grand Rapids, MI). Says he found a new set of jaws for $35....I love this stuff!
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Terry Keeley

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