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What are the parts of a chain pipe vice?

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Labelled diagram showing the parts of a chain vice.

Jaws

The pipe rests upon the v-shaped replaceable steel jaws of the vice before the chain is secured around it. The ribbed jaws work together with the chain to grip the pipe securely. The pipe rests upon the v-shaped replaceable steel jaws of the vice before the chain is secured around it.

The ribbed jaws work together with the chain to grip the pipe securely.

Chain

The high-tensile steel chain is looped over the section of pipe and secured between the jaws. The chain's ability to wrap tightly around the entire circumference of the pipe ensures that the pipe is clamped firmly in place so that it can be worked on. The high-tensile steel chain is looped over the section of pipe and secured between the jaws.

The chain’s ability to wrap tightly around the entire circumference of the pipe ensures that the pipe is clamped firmly in place so that it can be worked on.

Crank handle

When the crank handle is turned, the chain is tightened around the pipe until the pipe is immovable. When the crank handle is turned, the chain is tightened around the pipe until the pipe is immovable.

Pipe rest

Along with the jaws, the pipe rest supports the pipe so that it can be clamped to the vice. Along with the jaws, the pipe rest supports the pipe so that it can be clamped to the vice.

Pipe bender

The pipe bender function of the vice means that the tool can be used not only to hold pipe but also to bend it. However, this feature works best with plastic piping. For metal pipes, a specialised pipe bender should be employed. The pipe bender function of the vice means that the tool can be used not only to hold pipe but also to bend it.

However, this feature works best with plastic piping. For metal pipes, a specialised pipe bender should be employed.

Frame

The frames of most chain pipe vices are made of cast iron and have a corrosion-resistant coating. Holes in the frame allow the vice to be clamped to either a workbench or tripod stand. The frames of most chain pipe vices are made of cast iron and have a corrosion-resistant coating.

Holes in the frame allow the vice to be clamped to either a workbench or tripod stand.