Emmert Anatomy

by Carl Matthews updated 03/17/06

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Emmert Anatomy

 

 

a

Main Handle

j

Hinged Mounting Angle

or Plate

b

Spindle

k

Rotate Adjustment Handle

c

Cover

l

Hub

d

Front Jaw or moving jaw

m

Beam or guide bar

e

Rear Jaw or stationary jaw

n

Slot for Screw

f

Steel Faced Jaws

o

Tilt Adjustment

Bar or Rod

g

Taper Adjustment Knob

p

Tilt Adjustment Handle

h

Vise Dogs - Sometimes called auxiliary jaws.

q

Tilt Adjustment Clamp

i

Vise Dogs Pins - Used to engage or raise vise dogs.

r

Tilt Adjustment Bracket or Angle

 

Casting Numbers

 

The casting numbers are used to distinguish the various parts and to aid in assembly.

Part

No.1 Turtleback

No. 1 New Improved Universal

No. 2 Turtleback

No. 2 New Improved Universal

Front Jaw

82

or none

K1

86 or 96

K-16

Rear Jaw

13

or none

none or K2

 

K-15

Spindle

--

K9

near handle

 

K25 (24" long)

Cover

83

under cover

na

 

na

Collar

na

K5

na

K-22

Taper Adj Handle

na

K-14

na

K-23

Mounting Angle

--

K12

on underside

 

K-19

on underside

Rotate Adj Handle

 

K6 or K-28

or K-29

 

K-28

Hub

14

K3

 

K18

Nut

--

K or K8

 

K-24

Beam

16

under cover

K7

 

K17 (21" long)

Tilt Adj Handle

21 (Type T1)

K6 or K64

 

K6 or K64

Tilt Adj Bar

or Rod

20 (Type T1)

 

 

 

Tilt Adj Bracket

19 (Type T1)

 

 

 

Taper Adj Bracket

 

none or K4 or K44

 

K44

Tilting Jaw Insert

 

K13

 

K26

Vise Dogs

 

K11 on front dogs

K10 on rear dogs

 

K21 on front dogs

K20 on rear dogs

 

Jaws and Jaw Inserts

 

The original sales literature mentions 7 pairs of vise jaws. It says "It has seven pairs of jaws so that it is adapted to grasp any kind of work without regard to irregularities of form." Wow, that's some vise, 7 pair. When I first read this, I thought that there must have been a lot of missing parts from my Emmert vise. That is not really the case though. Here is a breakdown of these vise jaws and jaw inserts.

 

The main vise jaws (one pair) measure 7 x 18.5 inches. These have button-hole or key-hole openings which can hold wood pads or jaw insert. One pair of steel faced jaws are located on the underside of the main vise jaws. These are used to hold metal objects, pipes or smaller objects. Two pair of small auxiliary jaws (1" wide) extend from the main jaws. These are commonly called vise dogs. A taper jaw insert can be used to hold tapered table legs and the like. This is often missing from the vise but can be purchased from Patrick Leach. Now the last 2 pairs are where it gets a little tricky. Rotate your Emmert 90 degrees to the workbench. "Ta Da", now you have a 7" wide pair of jaws above the beam and a 7" wide pair of jaws below the beam.

1 pair    Main vise jaws, 18" wide

1 pair    Steel faced jaws, 3" wide

2 pair    Auxiliary jaws or vise dogs, 1" wide

1 pair    Taper Jaw insert, 7" wide

1 pair    Rotated top half of main jaw, 7" wide

1 pair    Rotated bottom half of main jaw, 7" wide

Now you know how to get 7 pairs of jaws out of one Emmert.

Tilt Adjustment Mechanism

 

These are sometimes called the drag or bar. The Tilt Adjustment Mechanism consists of a tilt adj. rod, tilt adj. handle, tilt adj. clamp and a tilt adj. bracket.

Type TA1 Tilt Adjustment Rod is a Flat bar with notches.

This rare tilt adjustment mechanism has 7 preset lock points. The handle has a spring attached. It obviously is more costly to manufacture than the TA2 that replaced it.

Type TA2 Tilt Adjustment Rod is a Round bar which is usually broken or cracked where this one is. The bar is 12" total length, 3/4" dia. and is connected to the hub by a hex head bolt. The Tilt Adj. Bracket mounts to the bench with 5 large wood screws. The ones I've seen do not have a casing number on the bracket. The bracket height is low, only 2-1/2" from bench to the pivot point. The Tilt Adj. Handle has a large gentle curve, is 5" long and has no casting number. It connects to the bracket with square head bolts.

 

Type TA3 Tilt Adjustment Rod is a Flat slotted bar. The bar is 15" long, 1/4" thick and the hole at one end attaches to the hub of the vise. The Tilt Adj. Bracket mounts to the bench with 4 wood screws. Some brackets have a casting number of K4 and some do not. The bracket is taller being 5" from bench to the pivot point. The Tilt Adj. Handle is straight and is 5" long. The handle casting number may be K6 or none at all. The older handles connect to the bracket with square head bolt and the newer handles connect with a hex head bolt.

 

Type TA4 Tilt Adjustment Rod is a Flat solid bar. The bar is 15" long, 1/4" thick and the hole at one end attaches to the hub of the vise. The Tilt Adj. Bracket mounts to the bench with 4 wood screws. Some brackets have a casting number of K44. The bracket is taller being 5-1/4" from bench to the pivot point. The bar slides thru a square hole with a threaded bolt cast in. The Tilt Adj. Handle is a 5" straight handle. The handle casting number may be K64. The handle connects to the bracket with double hex nuts. Note: If the bench thickness is over 2", then the adjustment bar may bind unless the bracket is recessed as shown here.

 

Turtleback Covers

Cover C1 - Gear symbol around spindle hole, and  J. F. Emmert's arched on above, Pat. Aug. 11 in middle and 1891 Waynesboro PA. arched below.
Cover C2 - Emmert's arched over spindle hole, and Pat. Aug. 11 91.
Logo C3 - Emmert's Pat. Aug 11, 1891 & Apr. 11, '05. Some have USA below spindle hole and other do not.
Logo C4 - Emmert's straight over spindle hole, and Pat. Aug. 11 (1891 missing or scratched off mold). Below spindle hole is Apr. 11, 05.
Logo C5 - Emmert Mfg. Co. Waynesboro (arched) PA.

Front Jaw Logos

Turtleback Logo 3.7 - Emmert Mfg. Co. Waynesboro (arched) PA.
Turtleback Logo 4 - Emmert Mfg. Co. Waynesboro (arched) PA. USA
Turtleback Logo 4 - Emmert Mfg. Co. Waynesboro (arched) PA. USA

K1

Logo 4.5 - Victor Tool Co. Waynesboro PA

PAT APLD FOR

K1

Logo 4.7 - Victor Tool Co. Waynesboro PA

PATENTED

K1 Logo 5 - Emmert Mfg. Co. (extra high raised lettering) Waynesboro PA U.S.A. and Patented.
K1 Logo 6 - Emmert Mfg. Co. Waynesboro PA U.S.A. and Patented.
K1 Logo 7 - Emmert Mfg Co on left side and K-1 Waynesboro PA USA on right side.

Hubs

Hub 1 - All Turtlebacks

Some have a N cast below the 14 and some do not.

Hub 2 - Type U1, Type U2, Type U3

Hub 3 - Type U4, Type U5, Type U6

Hub 2 on the left and Hub 3 on the right. The gap in the hub is used to clamp the rear jaw and lock the vise rotation.
Hub 2 on the right and Hub 3 on the left.
   
   

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