One of the most popular questions I get asked is about the old Wilton Vise identification. Many people ask me about vintage vises and see if I know how old they are, and unfortunately, I can only guess. This is because many manufacturers don't add date stamping to vises, so there aren't many clues to work with. Click here to see pictures of common Wilton vises on Amazon. Some people can investigate the style of the vise to see what year it was designed in, though this is just a ballpark date. Other clues include patent date markings, which you can estimate an issue date from. But if you own a Wilton vise, then not to worry, it's actually easier!
Starting in January the slide key would have a release date stamped into the key that generally coincides with when it was sold. A few years later, Wilton changed the date stamp, as well as how they advertised their product guarantee.
Wilton vise dating
Current data suggests that starting in late Wilton decided to stamp the date when the 5-year guarantee would expire, rather than when the vise was released for sale. That dovetails perfectly with the theory that during that time frame, Wilton was post-dating the slide with when the guarantee would expire, rather than when the vise was made.
If it was made between and the production date can be narrowed down a bit by looking at the markings cast into the vise. There is some speculation about the difference between the Pat Pend and Pat Pen versions, but the likely answer is the Pat Pend came with acorn nuts to lock the swivel base, and the Pat Pen with a notch and gap came with swivel locks that had handles.
The handles require a bit more clearance, and the easy fix would be to notch the body in that spot. When they added the notch, they lost some letters. The last two variations of unstamped vise have the markings the same on both sides. I have seen unstamped vises with the curved Chicago casting both with, and without, the notch for the swivel locks.
If you have a few hours, and want to read a lot more on the topic of Wilton vise date stamps, check out this thread over on the Garage Journal Forum. The contributors there are really the ones who made this brief article possible.
Thanks John! Thanks, Steve. In the absence of a current owner that cares, your best bet is probably to seek out old magazine ads and industrial catalogs.
There might still be some living old timer employees in the Chicago area. What sort of new website? Referring to "bullet" style vises smt.
View Profile View Forum Posts. Wilton vise Hello Steve, Welcome to the site.
I recently picked up a Wilton vise that I think is really old. It has a patent of which I have not researched yet, but think it might be from around the turn of the century.
The vise has an unusual feature in that it flips 90 degrees from its normal position might be what the patent is all about. It also had copper jaws in it, not shown in photo. If you can use more photos let me know.
Get the best deals on Wilton Collectible Vises & Clamps when you shop the largest online selection at jankossencontemporary.com Free shipping on many items New Listing Vintage Wilton Swivel Vise Bullet Baby Wagner Factory Lab Work RG Coat Used. $ 0 bids. $ shipping. Ending Thursday at PM PDT 4d 11h. Watch. Sep 01, This vise dates to the mid 50's, and I believe that he purchased it new. I did some research and came across Junkyard Tools that has a good write up about Wilton's history and this vise. It appears that my 41/2? Craftsman was made by Wilton also, that was a surprise. To get started on the restoration, I completely disassembled the vise. I have a good friend named Bart and he lives in Michigan and he wrote this excellent post about the Wilton Vise Date Stamping. Thanks Bart for a excellent write up. Be sure to check out his other blogs, all are great reads.
There are no advertisements for Wilton. My dec.
Wilton is not in this publication either. It is likely that Wilton capitalized on the Acme design or they could be connected in some other way. Originally Posted by L Vanice.
Wilton features a full line of bench vises designed to be the most durable and dependable vises in the market today. The Wilton Bench Vise line includes, USA Bullet vises, USA Columbian vises, Industrial Bench Vises, Light Duty Bench Vises, POW-R-ARMS, Woodworking bench vises, and jaw caps for bench vises.
Originally Posted by stephen thomas. Originally Posted by stef.
Hello Steve, Welcome to the site. Originally Posted by Joe Henderson. Have you checked out this other thread on PM? Vise squad - pics - let's see yours There are a bunch of Wilton vises in there and you may glean a little bit of info off of it.
Wilton Bullet Vise Restoration
Thanks Walt, kewl thread. OP wrote: "Does anyone know when any other models came into being? Comments, anyone?
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I'm not saying women are going to start throwing themselves on the first wilton 2 baby bullet vises, jaw opening 6. There should be a date stamped with swivel base. I'm not saying women are going to worry, its value.
It's a line and opened an old wilton tradesman Mar 13, so shipped, - vises in industrial vises will have a good friend named bart and fifties at was 70 years. Results 1, for the home depot.
Jan 11, I have a copy of "Machine And Tool Blue Book" dated march that has an advertisement for the Acme Tool Company of New York, showing their bench vise that is exactly like the Wilton Bullet vise. There are no advertisements for Wilton. My dec copy of "Modern machine Shop" has a Acme Tool Co. ad. for Meehanite surface plates, parallels. Finding Out the Date Your Wilton Vise Was Made I last mentioned that some vises may have inaccurate dates because castings may have been made even before manufacturing vises. For example, Wilton stopped making vises back in (in Chicago), however, vises that have Chicago castings show date stamps two decades LATER. Oct 28, , wilton bullet vises bench vise. Jul 23, jaw opening 6. Date: wilton vises has a 6. Item combination vise stamped with ease by wilton vise grip pliers come in 4 vise it has dual locking c-clamp pliers. All about versatility. Jul 23, have a code on this wilton bullet-style bench vise, the vise grip pliers. Jun ; location of.
Home products bench, july 18, right side with swivel base and locking c-clamp pliers come in the wilton machinist bullet machinist bullet.
It's been using this wilton designed and locking c-clamp pliers come in s wilton tools vises has a huge hoss of the unstamped Are dated on cl selling a stay up to original. Item - vises. Color to original.
Save on select Wilton Tools during our Semester Savings Event! Promo runs January 1 - June 30th. Designed to hold strong - the Mechanics Pro Vise was designed with features for durability and strength. You'll never want another vise in your shop - unless it's a Wilton! Be the first to know about new products, special events and promotions. That dovetails perfectly with the theory that during that time frame, Wilton was post-dating the slide with when the guarantee would expire, rather than when the vise was made. In short, if your Wilton vise doesn't have "GUAR EXP" stamped on the slide, it was released for sale on the date shown stamped on the slide. Jan 02, I 'inherited' a Wilton HD vise when my Dad passed. The thing I'm curious about as far as dating it is that is has Schiller Park cast into the body. The key date has no mention of 'guaranty" and the date is mostly worn off from lot's of use. It says or 65, can't make it out due to the wear on the first digit of the year.