Thread: Cheap Vise For Prop Removal?
10-12-2009, 12:57 PM #1
Cheap Vise For Prop Removal?
Ok, so I need my own instead of borrowing the neighbors all the time. Is there something inexpensive that will get the job done at Lowe's, Home Depot, Wal-Mart etc.
Preferably one I can clamp on to my trailer or to my Hitch for temporary usage.
10-12-2009, 01:02 PM #2
10-12-2009, 01:31 PM #3
Watch out, i broke a good vise trying to take a prop off, not sure how well a cheap one will hold up....
10-12-2009, 01:37 PM #4
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10-12-2009, 01:59 PM #5
I am using a decent Craftsman on the bench and a cheaper vise form Lowe's attached the the tongue of the trailer. Both have been used several times.
10-12-2009, 02:28 PM #6
I bought a fairly inexspensive vice from Harbour Freight, and also a mounting plate for the vice that goes into my receiver hitch. I have not had any problems changing out the 3 I have done with that setup.
10-12-2009, 02:28 PM #7
You can weld a prop tool to an extra ball mount for your hitch and it holds it nicely. There are some pics I think in the tool section.
10-12-2009, 02:45 PM #8
Check out my cheapo setup:
By a stroke of luck I figured out that the end of my Karavan trailer where the winch attaches to has an opening that almost fits my prop tool perfectly. I put it in there, wedge something in next to it to keep it from moving, then use a cheapy vise to squeeze it all together and sure it up. I'm sure vise grips would work fine as well. I did a prop swap at the ramp this way just this past weekend. Comes in really handy for testing different pump setups. I use a piece of pipe and a 12mm allen to do the leverage part.
In the past I accomplish this a different, more expensive/bulky way. I would take two of the smallest bench vises I could find and use 4 bolts to bolt them together at their bases. The use one vise to clamp down to your trailer frame and the other to hold the prop tool. This can also be used at the ramp as well, but its expensive to buy two vises and it is really heavy and bulky to move around.
10-12-2009, 05:12 PM #9
Found an alternative method that worked great. Would be even easier with two people.
Just stuck the adjustable wrench into my receiver and wallah!
10-12-2009, 06:38 PM #10
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