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What are pipe vices made of?

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Due to the high amount of stress and torque (twisting force) applied to a pipe vice during use, most of its components are made out of high-strength materials such as cast-iron and hardened tool steel. Due to the high amount of stress and torque (turning force) applied to a pipe vice during use, most of its components are made out of high-strength materials such as cast iron and hardened tool steel.

Cast iron

The frames of most pipe vices are made from ductile cast iron. The strength of cast iron means that the vices are virtually guaranteed against breakage. The frames of most pipe vices are made from ductile cast iron. The strength of cast iron means that the vices are virtually guaranteed against breakage.

Wonkee Donkee says: 'Ductile cast iron is a group of cast irons containing tiny spheres of graphite. They are extremely strong and resistant to shock. The improved ductility of the iron means that it can be bent or twisted without fracturing.'

Heat-treated steel

As the jaws are the key clamping components of both types of pipe vice, it is vital that they are made from a material that can withstand signficant amounts of pressure. The jaws of chain and hinged pipe vices are usually made out of heat-treated, drop-forged tool steel.
As the jaws are the key clamping components of both types of pipe vice, it is vital that they are made from a material that can withstand significant amounts of pressure.The jaws of chain and hinged pipe vices are usually made out of heat-treated, drop-forged tool steel.
What is drop-forging? Drop-forging is a method used to shape metals such as steel. A machine raises and then drops a hammer onto the heated workpiece, forming it into the required shape. This process improves the strength of the metal as its grains are aligned and stretched along the lines of potential stress.

What is drop-forging?

Drop-forging is a method used to shape metals such as steel. A machine raises and then drops a hammer onto the heated workpiece, forming it into the required shape.

This process improves the strength of the metal as its grains are aligned and stretched along the lines of potential stress.

High-tensile steel

The chain of a chain pipe vice is made out of high-tensile steel. The main reason for this is the tensile strength of the material: high-tensile steel is twice as strong as mild steel.
The chain of a chain pipe vice is made out of high-tensile steel. The main reason for this is the tensile strength of the material: high-tensile steel is twice as strong as mild steel.
   Wonkee Donkee says: 'Tensile strength measures the force required to pull something such as a rope or chain until it breaks.'
In addition, high-tensile steel is light-weight and resistant to corrosion, providing the chain with longer life. In addition, high-tensile steel is lightweight and resistant to corrosion, providing the chain with longer life.