Model #51871 CRAFTSMAN Vise

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51871 5 1/2 inch jaws 51871 Craftsman Craftsman bench vise

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Thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com, and for being a valued member.
Unfortunately, due to the age of this bench vise, the jaw faces (part # 51871-40) have been discontinued with no direct substitute offered.
You may be able to run an online search to find a replacement, but Sears does not have a substitute set to recommend.
I hope this helps, and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com. We appreciate your business. 

 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
September 18, 2014
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replacement vise jaws

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This is a great site to get the repair help and information needed for almost any equipment. The expert does usually need a model number of the equipment to provide a correct response. Just add a model directly to this post.

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Barbara H. -
August 05, 2011
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Thank you for your question on the spacing of the jaws mounting holes.

When I put the numbers you gave me into the system they go back to the original number and it lists that the 51771-41 is a 2 1/2 in jaw.

I hope this will help.

Thank you for using Manage My Life.

Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
August 06, 2011
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I left out the model number because the part number 51871-41 is reflecting the 51871 model number. On-line the parts listed the vise jaws that meet the model number, but the spacing listed is wrong. I just hoped you the experts could somehow get the needed description information about the part. There are so many discontinued parts that have proper descriptions, but the parts being offered show no such description. In response to the 51771-41 jaws. I can not find this number in the online parts search. Is the 2-1/2" jaw mean the spacing of the jaw mounting holes. The center to center mounting holes. How do I look up the 51771-41 jaws? I can not find this number to confirm my doubts. Thanks for the help, J

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J -
August 07, 2011
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IT TOOK SEVERAL CALLS AND TWO ORDERS FOR ME TO FIND OUT THAT THE VICE JAWS WERE NO LONGER AVAILABL FOR THE 5.5 INCH BENCH VISE.. THEY SHOULD PUT THE DIMENSIONS ON THE PARTS LISTS!!! ENDED UP MAKING MY OWN. OUT NOF SOME STEEL BARS. SHOULD HAVE JUST DONE THAT AT THE START AND NOT WASTED MY TIME WITH SEARS PARTS DEPT. THEY HAVE NO CLUE BUT ARE VERY APOLOGETIC.

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BILL -
April 26, 2012
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I am sorry that you had a problem finding the jaw parts for the vise. Some of the manufactures will put the jaw faces on the parts list but when the manufacture goes out of business and no longer provides the replacement parts it is hard for the parts agents to find the parts. I am glad that you have the ability of make what you need. This is pretty much a lost art in this day and age. My grandfather was a blacksmith/farmer and we made most items we needed. Thank you and once again I am sorry for the wasted time with trying to find parts that are no longer available. Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
April 27, 2012
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Sears's failure to included dimentions in the deion of the jaw inserts is the reason I had to spend much time, and even after a text chat I was still unable to confirm any of the inserts offered by Sears would fit my Craftsman 5 1/2 inch vise model 51871. Fortunately I learned that replacement jaw inserts for Wilton 11127 vises fit perfectly. These inserts are made by Walter Meier Mfg Co. Wilton stock number for these inserts is 11127S41 and the UPC is 662755507199. These Wilton 11127S41 jaw inserts even come with 4 replacement screws which are a perfect fit.

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Rex -
March 18, 2013
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Rex, Thank you for posting what you found. I am sure other users will find this helpful. I also wish we had the measurements for the jaws. Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
March 19, 2013
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Thanks Rex - I have been searching for vise jaws for that vise for a while now. You go to sears direct and they list 4-1/2 and 6-1/2 vise jaws as fitting and as a "suitable" replacement for the 5-1/2 jaws. Jaws that are a 1/4" short (4-1/2) or a 1/4" long (6-1/2) on each end aren't a "suitable" replacement in my book. Good argument for not buying anything at Sears anymore.

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T -
July 27, 2014
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Thanks Rex - I have been searching for vise jaws for that vise for a while now. You go to sears direct and they list 4-1/2 and 6-1/2 vise jaws as fitting and as a "suitable" replacement for the 5-1/2 jaws. Jaws that are a 1/4" short (4-1/2) or a 1/4" long (6-1/2) on each end aren't a "suitable" replacement in my book. Good argument for not buying anything at Sears anymore.

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T -
July 27, 2014
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Thanks Rex - I have been searching for vise jaws for that vise for a while now. You go to sears direct and they list 4-1/2 and 6-1/2 vise jaws as fitting and as a "suitable" replacement for the 5-1/2 jaws. Jaws that are a 1/4" short (4-1/2) or a 1/4" long (6-1/2) on each end aren't a "suitable" replacement in my book. Good argument for not buying anything at Sears anymore.

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T -
July 27, 2014
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Need the difference between 3 vise nuts listed for the model http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/part-model/Craftsman-Parts/Vise-Parts/Model-51871/0247/

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I can understand how important it is to have the right information for your vice. The only difference in the three nuts is the size of them. They came in sizes 5/8", 3/4" and one other, but this size is not listed. If you don't have any of the nuts for your vise, I would suggest that you get all three of them. I hope this helps. Please feel free to let me know if you need further assistance. We are always here to help. Thank you for using Manage My Life.com.

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AnneJ -
Sears Technician
September 25, 2013
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Part which has the image is the 5/8" which is correct

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Saif -
October 03, 2013
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On the diagram it is #4b, which is part number 51865-04. If you would like to order the nut, please click on the link below. Please let me know if there is anything else you need. Thank you for using Manage My Life.

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AnneJ -
Sears Technician
October 06, 2013
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