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Old 09-30-2010, 10:36:55 PM
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Hi i'm new here. I found an OLD vise laying in an old abaondon elevator machine room in NYC. it's made by C.Parker Co. Meriden, Conn. on the other side it says No.4X this thing is BIG and heavy got to be about 75-85 lbs. i mounted this thing on my work bench but everyone who sees it said i should not use it i should store it. it is in kinda good shape. definitely shows it has been used in the past but still in good condition. does anyone know anything about this. should i use it. is it worth anything?
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Old 09-30-2010, 11:10:29 PM
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The Charles Parker Co. was an old company dating back to before the Civil War. They made a little bit of everything in the hardware line, including coffee grinders and vises. They also made eating utensils, knives forks and spoons. Parker started the Parker Bros. Gun Co. in they years immediately after the civil war and made good quality double barrel shotguns until selling out to Remington @ 1934. The Charles Parker Co. survived until the 1960's I think. I don't know the value of your vise, but I expect that some Parker gun collector would like to have it. If it were mine, I would just use it as it was intended.
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Old 09-30-2010, 11:32:43 PM
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I have used a Parker vise on my workbench for more than 35 years, and it is my considered opinion that Parker made some of the finest vises ever manufactured in this country.

I almost bought a Parker 8-inch (a beast of a vise that had to weigh over 125 pounds) this past spring, but missed closing the deal by a couple of hours... You know how that goes.

As for value, I'd give $100 for it, sight unseen.

If it were mine, I would use it but not abuse it, i.e., if you have welding or painting on your work schedule, do it elsewhere and keep this vise as nice as possible.
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Thanks for the replys i will take your advice and use it and not abuse it. id love to find some info on it like how old it is and when they stopped making this model. it would also be awesome to find out what was it was originally what is was used for but i know thats impossible. i found this in a old abandon elevator machine room about 3 stories under ground in the NYC subway system. if that could talk i bet it has some ood stories behind it.here is a few pics
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here is my parker gently holding a briggs NP.
i spent several hours cleaning ,painting and proper set up on the bench.
now this vise will give back for years and years.
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My Parker vise is a No. 249X, Semi Steel Solid Bar, Pat'd Nov.22, 1910. The jaws are 4 1/4" wide and I'm sure glad it has the swivel base on it for use in an indoor cramped workshop. It sure is heavy duty and gets lots of use from time to time bending bar stock to fit and taking things apart . I have a couple of the Wilton long reach vises in the shed, one for torch work and grinding and the other as a back up in case I ever need it , all found years ago at the local "flea market" .
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This small Parker 203 vise is on the end of one of my work benches, it has smooth faced jaws and is used regularly.Has the Nov 22, 1910 Patent date, 3 1/2 inch jaws.
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This small Parker 203 vise is on the end of one of my work benches, it has smooth faced jaws and is used regularly.Has the Nov 22, 1910 Patent date, 3 1/2 inch jaws.
I just picked up a Parker 203 this past weekend at an engine show. It definitely is a heavy duty vice, glad I got it. I'm tempted to throw this thing on a scale, it was heavy carrying it all the way back to my car.

What type of grease do you guys use in your old vises?
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I have an old Reed that seems to be indestructible. It's best to use an anti-seize grease because it has extreme pressure ingredients that are good for the Acme screw and nut. Gear oil or way oil will also work, but they are dust magnets and they tend to run away. Also make sure that the Acme nut and jaws and mounting bolts are tight.
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try to find stuff made like that today
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Tell me about it. when my stockroom sent me a massive NEW vice to my workshop it looked cool. when i put a pice of steel in it and hit it a few times pices of bondo started falling off. Cheap china C&@P.
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Hi i'm new here. I found an OLD vise laying in an old abaondon elevator machine room in NYC. it's made by C.Parker Co. Meriden, Conn. on the other side it says No.4X this thing is BIG and heavy got to be about 75-85 lbs. i mounted this thing on my work bench but everyone who sees it said i should not use it i should store it. it is in kinda good shape. definitely shows it has been used in the past but still in good condition. does anyone know anything about this. should i use it. is it worth anything?
thanks
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Why not use it?.......
The square corners suggest that is a steel or semi-steel vise and it ought to be nearly indestructible.......
Besides, why save it for someone else to use?.......
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Why not use it?.......
The square corners suggest that is a steel or semi-steel vise and it ought to be nearly indestructible.......
Besides, why save it for someone else to use?.......
I couldn't agree more!
Its lasted this long, keep using it

I've used mine once or twice for a few odd jobs, I haven't bolted it down to the table but the thing is so hefty it stays put if the piece I'm working on is small.

Went out and bought the anti-seize grease but haven't put it on yet.
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MMMM China Bondo Vise, I never seen a country waste so much energy and meterials to flood our country with JUNK ps thats heavy metals bondo and lead paint and obama wants us to be like them ?
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I have 4 Charles Parker vises and use them all. One interesting feature in most I have seen is the screw in the center of the ball where the handle passes through. There is a spring and a small ball behind this screw that will keep the handle positioned wherever it is placed. A convenient feature. Keep the hacksaws away from the jaws and don't abuse it. Your grandkid's grandkids will not wear it out.
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I have a Parker Vise that I inherited from my Grandfather. I doubt he ever used it since the screw is not the right one for the vise. The Vise is a
C Parker
Meriden CT
PAT - June 20 1854, Aug 1 1865, May 28, Nov 26, Dec 10&17 1867
No. 88

Any idea if it is possible to get the correct screw. The "Nut" looks fine, no stripping.
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