I found this old vise pretty cheap and thought it would make an excellent restoration project as it swivels in two directions and is very heavy. Little did I know that it had a complete break in the main shaft with the front jaw snapped off! All is not lost though - I was still keen to try to give this old tool a new lease of life.
Disclaimer: I am no welder and I don’t profess to be. From my research, I have read that it can be difficult to weld these back together. This will not be used under heavy applications and is not intended to be. I understand that at some point it could crack again.