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Reed Manufacturing Vises


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Old 10-01-2010, 10:13:55 AM
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I am looking for a source for parts for a obsolete vise from Reed Manufacturing of Erie PA. Its a 404 1/2 R They have obsoleted the vise and its parts but I was wondering if there might be someone here who would know of anything that the manufacturer does not. As we all know there always seems to be a part out there, Its just finding it. I'm gonna test the limits of the group on this one I know. Anyone know of a source for parts? I hate to junk such a beast of a vise. I need the heart of the vise, the main nut or the part that the screw threads into is stripped out. The screw threads have a bit of wear but if I can find just the main nut, this vise will serve for years yet. Thanks , Mark

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Default Re: Reed Manufacturing Vises

Any good machine shop should be able to machine a new one. Although the cost could be more than another vice.
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Old 10-01-2010, 11:01:58 AM
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It it possible that a nut from another vise might fit with some modifications, or at least be machined down in a lathe as a repair piece to fit and weld into your bored out nut, just a thought.
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Default Re: Reed Manufacturing Vises

That's right, most vises have a standard Acme thread. It should be easy to get a nut with the same thread, and adapt it to your vise.
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Default Re: Reed Manufacturing Vises

I believe you can get acme thread sleeves from McMaster carr.
Bore old treads out from your parts and thread with appropriate threads and thread sleeve to match screw in and pin with locktite on threads and you will have a fix.
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Default Re: Reed Manufacturing Vises

Might not hurt to try to see if the nut from a pipe wrench fits. It could be welded in place if it did and those are easy to find.
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Some vises us a "stub acme" thread which the thread depth is not as deep as a regular Acme thread. I have in time past made a new nut and welded it where the old nut was cut off. A picture would help to sort things out and other options may be available.

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We are looking into the nuts from currently available Reed vises. None will direct fit. They are similar in appearances. Modifying these is not a task for me since I am not a machinist. Here is what a Reed vise main nut looks like. Mark

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It seems to me that the tubular nut section of your piece could be simply cut off with a hacksaw and a piece from another vise of similar thread could be cut and welded onto it, another idea is to purchase 2 similar to your leadscrew acme threaded nuts and weld them on to each side of your piece after having cut a section out of each side to allow them space to fit. Your leadscrew would have to be fitted through the middle of the assembly to align all of the parts, this would reduce the complexity of the engineering to a simple welding or brazing job. Also the 2 repair nuts could be set to reduce play in your part worn leadscrew, the repaired piece would then be as strong as the origional as you are only using the welds to prevent the repair nuts from turning. You'll get there, which ever way you decide to try, any chance of a few pictures of the progress, warm regards

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Default Re: Reed Manufacturing Vises

That looks pretty much like the one repaired for a guy. I took a piece of round stock about the same diameter as the round part on your nut. Drilled it and single pointed a stub acme thread. Then the round part was sawed off and the new nut welded on. (Note we made the threads a little loose to allow for welding shrink/movement.) That was almost 20 years ago and as far as I know it still working for the guy.

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