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Old 15-10-2009, 09:13   #1
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Winch-Mounted Vise

Does anyone know of a supplier for a vise that fits into a winch handle spline?
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Old 15-10-2009, 09:22   #2
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I would imagine it might be possible to go to a welding shop and have them welded together. Is sounds like a great idea as long as torquing on or banging on the vice does not damage the winch.
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Old 15-10-2009, 09:46   #3
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Does anyone know of a supplier for a vise that fits into a winch handle spline?
I'm not sure I would want risk one of the more expensive and most used parts when I can just use a piece of wood. It's novel idea but I'm not sure it's a good one.
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I see you have a Cat!

You dont have a vise permanently mounted in your work shop? My 42 ft cat had a workshop (port fwd) with 18 drawers, a permanent vise and two workbenches..... (I just had to put this here for the MONO owners!)
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Winch mounted Vise

I saw one for sale a number of years ago so somebody makes (or used to make) them.
I'm intending fairly light usage so not bothered about strain on the big Harken primaries :-)
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Old 15-10-2009, 10:12   #6
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There was a UK firm who made these under the name of Winchmate back in the early 80's - I still have mine. Unfortunately whilst the idea was good the reality was less so, and while they're fine for light stuff when you need a spare pair of hands, they wobble alarmingly if you try and put any real effort into the job. Haven't seen one for years on the market, though.

Have a nice welded workbench now, with a good big vise, so it ain't just Cats you know!
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You dont have a vise permanently mounted in your work shop? My 42 ft cat had a workshop (port fwd) with 18 drawers, a permanent vise and two workbenches..... (I just had to put this here for the MONO owners!)
Permanently fixed to an onboard workbench? How so very old fashioned

My onboard vice is part of an infinately variable work station solution system ( an IVWSSS, for short).......when needed it fixes to a plank, which I move around as needed

But fortunately having a mono means I don't need a permanent workshop 2 workbenches? is one upside down?




Ps I also recall seeing those winch top vices in the UK years gone by - but also not seen for sale for a long time.
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You dont have a vise permanently mounted in your work shop? My 42 ft cat had a workshop (port fwd) with 18 drawers, a permanent vise and two workbenches..... (I just had to put this here for the MONO owners!)
Of course you would need a workshop at least that big on a cat, what with all the crap that is constantly breaking...
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How does one “practically” keep a winch mounted vice from rotating (which is what winches are intended to do) ?
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Old 15-10-2009, 14:04   #10
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MY boat has no vices
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That's really too bad ............
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Old 15-10-2009, 15:24   #12
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My boat has no vice...

I have not found the need for a vice on Boracay so far during the fitout.

Provided there is something solid to clamp onto (mostly 2 x 12mm ply on top of the engine box) I have been able to do everything that I needed.

I have a dozen or so "F" clamps and an inexhaustible (unfortunately) supply of scrap wood and ply.
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Non-rotating vise (device)

GordMay:
Put the winch under load first then install the vise would be my advice.
(with apologies for the alliteration !)Paul
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That's rhyme, not alliteration.

Alliteration would be:
"Put the winch under load with a line, then…"

Sorry. This is shop-talk for me.
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A friend mounted a winch onto a board and put carpeting on the underside when he wants to use the vice he puts it on the deck, seat or cabin top the carpet keeps it from scratching the finish. A large board will give more support but be harder to store. I am planning to make one about 12X16 inches of 1/2" plywood with carpet on the bottom.
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