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Thread: SlidingTail Vise
03-07-2010, 12:14 PM #1
Finally had a warm sunny day so I hit the Flea Market.
Found an unusual vise that I had to drag home. Made in Poland, stamped PJDb 6",....
No 598. The rear jaw slides on dovetails. Seems well made and has a trademark a U with a backwards F and a P inside.
Couldn't find anything on the internet, It would be nice to know the manufacturer and app date.
Some serious Vise Collectors here so I thought I would give it a try.
03-07-2010, 02:23 PM #2
no picture? I'm not a vise pro but I always enjoy looking at the pictures.
03-07-2010, 02:40 PM #3
FPU is the Polish company that makes Bison chucks. Around 1970, there was a discount department store here that sold several sizes of those Polish vises. I believe they are copied from a design I associate with Leinen and G. Boley in Germany. Tony mentions the vise in his pages and says Leinen invented it. The G. Boley vises with 1.75" jaws were very popular with watch repairmen and copies were made by other makers.
On the Bison website, the company name in Polish has the initials FPU, and some pre-Bison brand chucks have the FPU trademark stamped on them.
See page 191 of the Bison catalog for the vise, which they still make in seven jaw widths:
03-07-2010, 03:27 PM #4
Sliding Tail Vise
Thanks for the link.
Mine is an older style swivel base bench vise. Same basic design.
Weighs 80 pounds and is in great shape. We never can have too many vises !