Idea guards vises

Idea guards vises

Metal chips often lock up the screw and nut mechanisms on manual vises mounted to milling machines.

Metal chips often lock up the screw and nut mechanisms on manual vises mounted to milling machines. When this happens, I must dismantle the assembly and clean it, wasting valuable machining time.

To eliminate this hassle, I use a custom-made guard that deflects chips off the vise.

I drill and tap 1/4-20 holes in the top of the vise at the front and back. I then mill a 0.250-in. slot in a piece of 8-in.-long, 0.060-in.-thick steel. The slot is 5-in. long (maximum jaw opening), 0.500 in. from the edge of the steel, and on center.

Using 1/4-20 screws, I attach the steel piece to the vise and bend it over the jaw edges to cover the vise's side openings. For the back jaw, I bend a small piece of steel 90° over the back of the vise to protect that end.

Steven Saxer
Arlington, Tex.
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