by admin on February 26, 2012

Wilton website07 300x200 Restoration 1981 3" 9300 Machinist Vise

Strip the layers of old paint, maybe replace the jaws or repair the loose play in the lead screw horseshoe slot, and find an American-made diamond in the rough that is ready for many more years of reliable service.

Wilton 3 9300 101014 5 81 4 300x200 Restoration After stripping and new jaws.


Buy 3" Wilton Jaws  here.


The BEFORE photo above shows an example of a 3" Machinist vise purchased very reasonably from a school auction.  Aircraft stripper made easy work of 3-5 layers of grey paint.  Once stripped down, it is easy to see that the vise is in very good shape.


Deals can be found on the older Wilton workhorses on E-bay and at various auctions.  For instance, school districts are often a source of lightly used shop equipment.  Craigslist is another source to consider, but prices are usually not as good.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

frank July 12, 2013 at 9:34 pm

I have a wilton bullet vise that needs replacing the jaw inserts, however, the bolts(hex) are stripped and I can’t figure how to remove the jaws. any ideas?


Kevin July 15, 2013 at 10:05 am

Yes, they need to be drilled out, the trick is to set it up where you can drill a hole on the center like I explain in my article, if you do not have a drill press or access to a machine shop then drilling out with a smaller drill first is the way to go. It is real important to drill as close to center as possible so you will not drill into the threads. Send me a picture at this e-mail address so I can see your issue. The 1/4:20 screws use a # 7 drill for the tap drill size, if it has a 5/16:18 thread then it uses a letter F drill. Thanks for getting a hold of me.



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