Rusty Deadlocked Vise - Perfect Restoration

  • Published on Nov 7, 2018
  • Broken Vise Restoration - Gressel Switzerland.
    In this video i'm restoring a broken swiss vise.
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    I bought this vise from a friend for 20$. It was super rusty and dirty, one part was missing, two screws were broken off and the movable jaw was completely stuck. Gressel is very well known in switzerland for making very good, if not the best vises. That fact made it absolutely worth to restore it. They still produce this type of vise today, they just made some very small changes over the years. I found out that they built their vises in this style until 1991. So it's at least 27 years old. It had the rough jaws on, but you could always choose if you want them with rough or flat jaws when you buy a new one. I'm not a fan at all of the rough jaws, because they ruin every surface of clamped pieces. So I decided to put flat jaws on. I still restored the rough ones and I'm going to keep them. I restored this vise for myself.
    I hope you like my work and the video.
    00:00 preview
    00:35 loosen the stuck movable jaw
    02:09 disassembling
    04:39 restoring the spindle
    05:11 removing the pins
    05:45 restoring the movable jaw
    06:58 restoring the body (fix jaw)
    08:14 sandblasting
    10:09 painting
    11:02 making the missing part
    12:10 restoring two screws for the missing part
    13:10 restoring the jaws
    13:27 reassembling
    15:53 showing off the finished product
    If you have any questions about the process, machines i'm using or other stuff, just ask me in the comments. I read them all and i try to reply as soon as possible.
    Sorry for my bad english, it's not my language. I try my best to improve my technical english.
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Comments • 29 398

  • my mechanics
    my mechanics  9 months ago +900

    Gressel still makes the same vice today and many more. If you use the code "mymechanics" you get 10% off. They deliver world wide. If you're located not in switzerland, order with e-mail and mention the code

    • T. W.
      T. W. 22 days ago

      @Victor Cristian Cristea Here in Norway, Gratis means free as well. Same in Sweden and Denmark. :)

    • Railan Kardoso
      Railan Kardoso 26 days ago


    • P B
      P B Month ago

      What is that beautiful piece valued at?

    • Maxx Castillo
      Maxx Castillo Month ago

      @Josue Guzman Spanish is the very first language he listed.

  • Derpymc Derpo
    Derpymc Derpo 2 hours ago

    What i want to know is what type of soap you use to clean your hands so well after all that work.

  • attila tunç
    attila tunç 8 hours ago


  • Resto Work
    Resto Work 21 hour ago

    Widać, że zrobione z dobrego materiału. Jakości dawnych narzędzi i urządzeń na próżno szukać w dzisiejszych sklepach :)

  • go2mikerenzi
    go2mikerenzi Day ago

    Liquid Wrench works for me

  • Pablo Rafael Játiva

    Excelente trabajo !!!... Celebro la vocación por recuperar elementos valiosos como ésta herramienta. Felicidades

  • EVPointMaster
    EVPointMaster Day ago

    insane how many views this video has gotten over the time

  • Jean Mac
    Jean Mac Day ago

    Made in Switzerland 👍très beau travail !!!

  • jeanmarc731
    jeanmarc731 Day ago

    Bonjour et bravo , très beau travail et résultat. Enfin vous avez un certain savoir faire n'est il pas? et de l'outillage mais je vous accorde que des outils sans les mains et le cerveau qui va avec ça sert pas à grand chose...Des mains d'or allez je vous souhaite tout l'or que vous méritez!

  • Jack Caven
    Jack Caven Day ago

    Why didn't you sand blast first?

  • 1954surya
    1954surya Day ago

    Möge es noch viele rostige Maschinen geben.

  • psy cho
    psy cho Day ago


  • Simon Dyllen
    Simon Dyllen Day ago

    Please use stronger filters over the lens, the brightness is painful when you're welding. Love your work.

  • Chilled_Thunder
    Chilled_Thunder 3 days ago

    Is this sponsored by wd40

  • Majid Parvinchi
    Majid Parvinchi 4 days ago

    Very good please more

  • William Steinmetz
    William Steinmetz 4 days ago

    I,m surprised he doesn’t try heating the parts with a torch or rosebud to help break things loose.

  • joshualucas
    joshualucas 4 days ago

    wife: im getting groceries, do you need anything
    me: can we have ice cream
    wife: no, we're on a diet
    me: pleeeease
    wife: no
    me: 11:28
    wife: ok fine.
    wife: and i also want a divorce

  • Алексей Гусельников


  • Ali Masoumy
    Ali Masoumy 4 days ago

    I am too a sucker for spending 2000 dollars to restore a 200 dollar equipment. It feels like winning a lottery

    • Ali Masoumy
      Ali Masoumy Day ago

      Where do you live? If we in Iran despite all US sanctions can buy a brand new Chinese vise for 200 dollars you can get it for 100 dollars.

    • macbaar
      macbaar Day ago

      200 for a Gressel? Cheap.... 🤑🤑🤑😜🇨🇭

  • Luciano B M
    Luciano B M 5 days ago


  • nazirdjon
    nazirdjon 5 days ago

    Amazing how diverse set of skills you have. I can hardly fix my fucken bicycle

  • Colin Regan
    Colin Regan 6 days ago

    Could you please restore your on/off button on your sand blaster 😁
    My OCD is struggling to cope 😏

  • حسين علي
    حسين علي 6 days ago


  • Potato
    Potato 6 days ago

    He put a vice in a vice...

  • Jacob howell
    Jacob howell 7 days ago

    Thank you so much for This video extremely satisfying to see this

  • Engineering Skill up

    It could be better with music) without it, very boring to see

  • Mica Munderloh
    Mica Munderloh 7 days ago

    Instead of using WD40, get yourself a can of pb blaster.

  • Basem Helal Helal
    Basem Helal Helal 8 days ago

    The new jaws not suitable
    It is not as the old one

  • pchanhk
    pchanhk 8 days ago

    Brilliantly done

  • Andre McGoo
    Andre McGoo 8 days ago

    Absolutely beautiful work, now it’s to nice to use ,dang it!! It’s a show piece!

  • Lteo Hrnt
    Lteo Hrnt 9 days ago


  • Igggosha Studios
    Igggosha Studios 9 days ago

    Stuff in our school

  • Marcin Szczepański
    Marcin Szczepański 9 days ago

    Pornografia dla inżynierów :3

  • McKaine Jay
    McKaine Jay 9 days ago

    I like when you do sandblasting😍😍😍... Love the machine...

  • McKaine Jay
    McKaine Jay 9 days ago

    I like when you do sandblasting😍😍😍

  • Житель планеты Земля

    Продам тиски под восстановление.

  • Light Head
    Light Head 10 days ago

    The only vice i do is smoking.

  • 408Magenta
    408Magenta 10 days ago

    Twenty three MILLION views. Is he on to something?

  • alejandro saenz de cortazar

    Restauracion muy cuidada

  • Rodney Powell
    Rodney Powell 11 days ago

    PB Blast works wonders on rusted parts!!!

  • Irsad Tohari
    Irsad Tohari 11 days ago


  • Danimrod
    Danimrod 11 days ago

    More grease then a McDonalds menu

  • Seth Stain
    Seth Stain 12 days ago

    Bonjour, j'adore votre chaine c'est passionnant de vous voir donner une seconde vie à ces objets , j'aimerais savoir ce que vous avez fait de cet étau car j'en cherche un et avoir un objet refais par vos soin serait un honneur pour moi évidement je vous l’achète ;)

  • Mark Str8
    Mark Str8 12 days ago


  • Runa Rivera
    Runa Rivera 13 days ago +1

    Is that the giant wrench he restored? From "Mirror Mirror?

    • mamfzf
      mamfzf 8 days ago

      No, this is a much older video; and the one he had here had adjustable jaws

  • Travis Terwilliger
    Travis Terwilliger 13 days ago

    rapeseed oil.... lol

    • mamfzf
      mamfzf 8 days ago

      Also known as; Canola Oil

  • Em O
    Em O 14 days ago

    You must use a very high quality mic. Sometimes I can hear a gentle ringing when you hit the metal hard enough (like when you used the impact driver). It’s actually quite pleasant

  • Ian Morrison
    Ian Morrison 14 days ago

    he fixed a vice....

    *with a vice*

  • Brad Mason
    Brad Mason 14 days ago

    What is this trade called? It’s so awesome I want to learn it

  • SplaatFan205 TehLogoEditior

    2:02 “the dove tail looks very good”
    literally rotting away

  • SV7GBR
    SV7GBR 14 days ago

    Congratulations for your amazing work on restorations. I believe is the only YT channel about real restorations. Thank you for not putting music. Amazing tools and someone who really knows how to use them for best result. I would like to know if possible why at this restoration (and at "1930s German Spiral Jack" also) you have not used the 2K coating but a simple one. As I'm making similar works (lower level of course), I always use 2K for its strength. Which was here the criteria?
    Happy New Year and please keep up this excellent vids.

  • Stefanie
    Stefanie 14 days ago

    oha çok garip

  • harrygatto
    harrygatto 14 days ago

    Great work; slow and methodical using good basic engineering practices, works every time.

  • Rich Mair
    Rich Mair 14 days ago

    complete waste of time , unless you have no job or life ....

  • Bartosz Ambros
    Bartosz Ambros 15 days ago

    Najebał się jak bąk przy tym imadle a nowe 200 zeta kosztuje

  • Chase Backeter
    Chase Backeter 15 days ago +3

    How could anyone “dislike” this video? Damn millennials

  • Constantine Mao
    Constantine Mao 15 days ago

    Why didn’t you wear gloves?

  • Павел Мальцев

    Супер ,несколько раз смотрел немогу налюбоваться.

  • AirSoftMaverick3232
    AirSoftMaverick3232 16 days ago

    the cornerstone of any workshop is a good vise! well done

  • megalexantros
    megalexantros 17 days ago

    Why was it so important to protect the sliding part from the sandblasting?