I’ve received a few questions about how I got the lead screw out of my vise. I figured I’d throw up a quick post with a few pics.
I dug back in to some old pics and found one showing the ring or nut. I’ll call it a ring for now. The ring fits on the lead screw and its purpose is to carry the moving jaw when you open the vise. The ring on the vise is a special kind of ring with what I’ll call fingers on it.
The lead screw has a small depression in it which is shown below. The ring is held in position by hammering one of the fingers into the depression. This keeps the ring from sliding or rotating with the lead screw. To remove the ring requires cutting off the finger that is bent down into the depression. I used a Dremel tool with a cutoff disk but I’d imagine a cold chisel or burr would work as well. Once the finger has been removed the ring will slide down the lead screw which allows the lead screw to be removed from the moving vise jaw. Its possible other vises may have more than one finger hammered down. So, look carefully.
When you’re ready to put the ring back on you’ll need to hammer one of the other fingers down into the depression using a pin punch.