The seller seems to be "confused." The following statements are
about a third of the way down the page:
"Reserve is set at approxmiately 1/3 the cost of purchasing a PSE
replica. This is the ultimate Bugatti Bargain !"
"Starting bid is $0.99 USD and there is NO RESERVE. Canadian bidders,
please observe that all pricing is in United States Currency."
Not exactly harmonious with each other, nor with the auction data at
the top of the page.
While I'll agree that there are WAY better bench vises in the world than
my 4" Crapsman(cost $50ish, not sure,gift) I seriously doubt that any
bench vise does the job ~200 times better??
Mine has always done just fine for me.
Just read further on the description. *No Backlash*.
Not that backlash on a vise is a priorty thing with me anyway, but
jeez, what's in there, ball screws?? If there is no measurable backlash
in this vise, I'll eat my shorts. (Gack)
I didn't know the spluge was included on US castings, since I don't
own any. I haven't seen it mentioned in US versus import discussions
either up until now. Heck, I thought the Chinese invented the stuff.
They used a bunch of it on the belt cover of my HF 3in1, which is made
of sheet metal. Top that! ;-)
I spent six weeks (32hrs/week) filing at work. Just filing. I haven't
completely stopped, but there's not a week that goes by when I don't file
for at least 8 hours (I started 4 months ago). After all that bench work
(file, open vice, clean chips off jaws, reclamp part in new position,
continue filing, repeat as necessary) it's kind of nice to have tools that
I won't require a vice in about a year and a half (work will be too big for
a vice) so I wouldn't personally go after this one. If I was going to do
bench work for another 45 years, I'd seriously consider the investment.
Greetings and salutations...
Suddenly I feel much better about the $450 or so I paid for
my Emmert Patternmaker's vise...and that DID include shipping, which
is a non-trivial amount for close to 100 lbs of cast iron and steel.
As a seller on Ebay...one has to LOVE collectors...
On 20 Feb 2004 11:58:44 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (sandiapaul)
brought forth from the murky depths:
For that price, I'd expect a vise large enough to
hold my bench in its jaws.
Interpreted Interpolations Done Dirt Cheap.
Possibly there is a backlash adjustment, such as dual nuts with outside
threads in both ends of a carrier, like in a Hardinge miller. Or the
cheaper equivalent, a single long nut with a slot cut perpendicular
to its bore which can be pried apart slightly.
It wouldn't surprise me if there was no* backlash in that vise, or
if there was, that it couldn't be adjusted out.
* "No" being a relative term, of course. :-)
Robin, your apprenticeship sounds a lot like mine did 30 years ago as a
millwright. File and deburr till a silk stocking wouldn't snag on it.
Location of worksite was Dupont yarn spinning. Everything was smooth as a