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Receiver Hitch Post Vise
« on: October 06, 2020, 01:37:53 AM »
Seems like an odd subject for Health and Safety but since this involves both my health and safety I hope it's ok to post this here.

Due to an injury I built this simple post vise to hold my chainsaw for easier starting, it slides into the receiver hitch on my truck bumper and has a large jaw capacity so can be used for holding many other things. The parts include a 14" long screw and nut from an old scissor jack, a pair of 17" long 2x4s along with some square steel tubing. I'm hoping this might help others to stay safe !



 



 

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Re: Receiver Hitch Post Vise
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2020, 01:41:23 AM »
One of my favorite kinds of steel to work with are these 1/8th" wall thickness telescoping posts are called Telespar, they come with or without 7/16" holes spaced 1 inch apart, the ones pictured are 1" O.D.  and 2" O.D   if you want strength without too much weight these work great.



 

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Re: Receiver Hitch Post Vise
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2020, 01:44:08 AM »
The smaller 1" O.D piece of tubing has a larger hole drilled in the center for the screw to pass through, the nut from the scissor jack is retained inside the tubing using the original bolts, the tubing is bolted to the 2x4 using regular hex bolts or carriage bolts



 

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Re: Receiver Hitch Post Vise
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2020, 01:48:29 AM »
Two pieces of steel are cut off the vertical tubing so the sides can be bolted to the horizontal tube that slides into the receiver hitch



 



 

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Re: Receiver Hitch Post Vise
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2020, 01:52:22 AM »
The 2x4s can be used just as they are for holding things, or various jaws made from steel, rubber, plastic, aluminum etc, pictured I've used two plywood blocks to hold the chainsaw bar and to keep the chain from contacting the 2x4s



 



 



 

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Re: Receiver Hitch Post Vise
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2020, 01:58:17 AM »
A " thick by 18" long by 4"x4" piece of aluminum angle iron is used as a removable shelf to place the chainsaw on so aligning the bar in the vise jaws is easier



 



 

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Re: Receiver Hitch Post Vise
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2020, 02:00:37 AM »
A small hinged rod fits into the post vise to support the weight of the chainsaw



 

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Re: Receiver Hitch Post Vise
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2020, 02:08:03 AM »
This slotted bracket mounts the shelf to the post vise



 



 



 



 



 



 

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Re: Receiver Hitch Post Vise
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2020, 06:00:41 AM »
Pretty nice setup. I could use that on the back of my tractor.

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Re: Receiver Hitch Post Vise
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2020, 06:39:49 AM »
Very creative!  Necessity is the mother of invention.

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Re: Receiver Hitch Post Vise
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2020, 09:53:56 AM »
I use a vice thats bolted to a plate that's welded to sq tubing that's shaped like an 'L' with the short leg going into the trucks receiver. Welded is preferred over bolts, as no movement. 

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Re: Receiver Hitch Post Vise
« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2020, 12:06:04 PM »
That's very resourceful, and should double as a filing vice as well👍
Too many irons in the fire

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Re: Receiver Hitch Post Vise
« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2020, 12:25:18 PM »
barbender, my thoughts exactly, plus useful for saw carb tuning for a third hand. 
Trying harder everyday.

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Re: Receiver Hitch Post Vise
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2020, 07:45:15 PM »
Pretty nice setup. I could use that on the back of my tractor.
Thanks

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Re: Receiver Hitch Post Vise
« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2020, 07:51:02 PM »
Very creative!  Necessity is the mother of invention.
That's the truth, I'm lucky I have a big pile of parts kicking around the place !

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Re: Receiver Hitch Post Vise
« Reply #15 on: October 06, 2020, 07:55:39 PM »
I use a vice thats bolted to a plate that's welded to sq tubing that's shaped like an 'L' with the short leg going into the trucks receiver. Welded is preferred over bolts, as no movement.
My first thought was to use a bench vice but the larger capacity of a post vise worked better for my needs

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Re: Receiver Hitch Post Vise
« Reply #16 on: October 06, 2020, 08:00:35 PM »
That's very resourceful, and should double as a filing vice as well👍
Thanks, should come in handy for holding all sorts of things

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Re: Receiver Hitch Post Vise
« Reply #17 on: October 06, 2020, 08:04:41 PM »
barbender, my thoughts exactly, plus useful for saw carb tuning for a third hand.
Carb tuning that's a good idea, helps if the saw is not vibrating all over of the place !


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