The Wilton Vise

wilton-bench-vise                                             4 1/2" Wilton Vise #101162

There is a passion among craftsmen around the U.S. and beyond for Wilton vises.  Whether it stems from The Wilton Tool Company's nostalgic and classic American success story, or respect for the strength of the product, Wilton vises mean something.  They are not only collectable, but worth our time and effort to restore, use and pass down.

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Blair hardy September 17, 2012 at 7:22 am

I have just bought a 2in baby jr it is in quite good shape jaws should be replaced as you can supply . The only thing missing is the bullet tip end cap or did it not have one? the number on the guide key is 4-945 is this the fourth of Sept 1945?? BLAIR HARDY

It’s been told that the date 4-945 is really 09/1940. The extra five years is when the warranty runs out. As for the end caps, yes they should have one, check at your local automotive store for a freeze plug that measures 1.000 on the O.D., the ID of the end cap area on the Baby vise measures 1.00.


Dan Romero October 25, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Nice job on the Site! Kevin


Vern November 23, 2012 at 11:31 am

What is the difference between a 820 and 920 baby bullet?

There is no difference. Its a matched vise, The foundry used # 8 on the dynamic side and # 9 on the Static. Wilton later made it a 4 digit number on their 3″ 3 1/2″ 4″ 4 1/2″ like 8300/9300, 8400/9400, 8450/9450.


John December 23, 2012 at 4:41 am

I’ve been talking with the folks at wilton and they can’t seem to tell me anything about my vise. The model number on each side is 840 and on one side under the 840 is the letters we. On the shaft key is the number 2-46 also on the lead screw nut is the number 740. No other numbers found. I was hoping to find replacement jaws and some info on the vise. thanks..


glen peterson February 13, 2013 at 7:17 pm

i have an old wilton vise and was wondering how long the warranty is on them i thought years ago it was a lifetime warranty please email me i may be mistaken but would like to hear from you anyway thanks glen


Dick Shackelford September 14, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I have just picked up a Wilton #4 vise. patent pending Wilton Tool Co. When was it made? It is in very good shape but needs cleaning. What is a value range?


admin November 18, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Hi Dick
If you remove the movable jaw (Dynamic Jaw) and look underneath the barrel where the key way is screwed on you will see a data stamped. Wilton did this so they knew when the vise was built because they had a 5 year guarantee, they added five years to the stamped date. So if your vise is stamped 3-46 then it was made in 3-1941.
If you would clean the vise and add new jaws if needed and add new acorn nuts or swivel clamps to the swivel base then you could get the most out of it. E-bay is a great place to see what your vise is worth. My guess would be $120 to $225 for a old 4″ Wilton. If you need any jaws, washers or swivel clamps then Visit Here Thanks for your question. Kevin


dan gillham December 27, 2013 at 2:05 pm

I have a Wilton. Stamped into the rear half of the vise is 101162, in the front half is 101163. When I bought it many years ago, they told me it had it had a lifetime warranty. The bottom of the rear jaw casting broke off.

Please advise.


Rich February 15, 2014 at 7:11 am

I got a 3.5″ Wilton Combination vise (maybe a C-0). Are you a source for repair parts? Rich


Phil December 29, 2015 at 11:22 am

Hi i have a baby wilton and have been trying to find out if there were models made with a small steel block on them. The one i aquired has one. Thank you for any help.

The early Baby Bullets around 1946 had the small square blocks screwed on from underneath the vise. After the early 50’s they stopped supplying the replaceable anvil on the baby bullets.


Michael Overall April 21, 2016 at 10:50 am

I recently found believe it or not a wilton 9450 bench vise behind an old garage covered in weeds. I got everything disassembled but the slide where the jaw is attached any suggestions because it is stuck solid

One way I have had success is to clamp the vise up side down and let the weight of the dynamic jaw help you. Pull the end cap out and with a torch, heat around the body to enlarge the Static area while adding a little transmission fluid in the back area where the end cap was. The heat will cause the Static to grow allowing the fluid to sneak in. Eventually she will let go, might have to reheat several times after it cools.


David Poindexter August 27, 2016 at 3:56 am

I have a very old Wilton Bullet Vice with a 11″ opening and can’t seem
to find any reference to one that size .
Can anyone let me know what it should be worth if we were to sell
it .


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