Special Purpose Vice?: Brevete - Noveto 110

Special Purpose Vice?: Brevete - Noveto 110

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This is of no photographic value but does anybody know what this peculiar vice is used for? As a tools Magpie I obtained it about three years ago, when I intended cleaning and oiling it but had since forgotten it. The body has 'Brevete' embossed on one side and 'Noveto 110', on the other. Perhaps it is of Italian, French or Swiss manufacture. The two odd shaped jaws appear to be independent of each other, mounted via 20mm diameter spigots, protruding to the underside and locked by the large set screws. It might have been used to grip non parallel work by rotating the cam-like jaws, they are seized/corroded at the moment so I can't experiment. Can somebody please enlighten me.
21/07/2011 - 23:36Photon
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nonur

Link Posted 22/07/2011 - 08:47
All I know is that it is quite an interesting item!
Regards,
Nezih
Link Posted 30/12/2011 - 10:17
I would like to know exactly what it was designed for but
it looks to me as it was designed for wrought iron fabrication work.
Regards David

Photon

Link Posted 30/12/2011 - 15:04
Thanks for the comments.

davidrobinson wrote:
I would like to know exactly what it was designed for but
it looks to me as it was designed for wrought iron fabrication work.
Regards David

As with many of my intentions this is another of those things that I have not yet got around to dealing with; I still have not cleaned it up, life gets in the way of my intentions and desires! At times there appears to be lot of knowledge held by the many Pentax members, I had expected somebody to recognise the vice and explain it's purpose but nothing definitive as yet. Thank you for your valid suggestion.

Regards Colin
All five minute jobs take a minimum of eight hours!

CwazyWabbit

Link Posted 15/04/2015 - 14:10
Late to the party by a mere 4 years and I registered just to comment (I must get out more).

I also have one of the Noveto 110 vices, they were sold in the UK by Buck and Hickman, only ever listed in their 1935 catalogue (there was a 1930 and a 1953 catalogue so I guess the vice falls between those dates but more likely it will be between 1935 and the start of WW2.

Apparently it's cast steel and the smaller version with 4 1/4" jaws sold for about the same price as a Record 36 vice (which is about 700 today). It's a high quality vice, they don't state an intended use but do mention holding balls, pistons and round bar in it's "herculean grip"

EDIT: Just remembered Brevete that is cast into the body of the vice means Patented
Last Edited by CwazyWabbit on 15/04/2015 - 14:13

CwazyWabbit

Link Posted 15/04/2015 - 14:46
Seems it came out in 1933, there are more details on http://archive.commercialmotor.com/page/28th-april-1933/40
If you use the zoom page button you can read about it on the bottom half of the scanned page, mine still has the locking bar present ..... I guess now I've found all this out I'd better clean mine up.

Photon

Link Posted 15/04/2015 - 14:58
Thank you very much CwazyWabbit, for the purpose expanation, I had not previously considered mounting circular work with cylindrical axes in the vertical mode!

I still havn't got around to cleaning it, I had forgotten, it's still hiding at the back of the garage. Your explanation gives me an incentive to get it working and mounting onto a stiff board so that I can 'G' cramp it to the shed bench when needed.

Thank you again for the explanation and thank you for going to the trouble of registering in order to enlighten me, all you need do now is get yourself a Pentax camera!
All five minute jobs take a minimum of eight hours!

CwazyWabbit

Link Posted 15/04/2015 - 15:35
Lol, registering is one thing, going out and buying a whole different brand of camera gear is probably pushing it a little even for me

When it comes to cleaning the vice try electrolytic rust removal, it's a nice lazy way that mostly involves waiting and doing nothing

Photon

Link Posted 15/04/2015 - 15:54
Thank you for the additional information and the interesting link. I've just been out to the garage rolled out the car and managed to get to the vice, it is the 4 1/2 inch version but measure at 4 5/16 inches, so was probably 11 cm as a French design, it also has the horizontal locking bar in place.

Thanks for the cleaning tip, I would have secured various wire brushes in a power drill chuck and showered myself in rust fragments.

Thanks for all the info!
All five minute jobs take a minimum of eight hours!

CwazyWabbit

Link Posted 15/04/2015 - 17:27
Yep, I'd imagine the 110 in the model number is actually the jaw width in mm. You'll have to post up a picture of when you've got it cleaned up, glad to hear you still have the locking bar.

Without looking at the article I linked to I would never have guessed that the back of the front jaws were also supposed to be used as a clamping surface for smaller diameter pieces.

Enjoy playing
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