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  • Original Ridgid Matador forged vice?

    Hi there
    I need professional help...
    Is that a original Ridgid Matador forged vice?
    Or one from China replica vice.

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    Thanks for answering

    Greeting
    Miro

  • #2
    Which are you claiming is the genuine item and which is the knockoff? If I was to hazard a guess I would say the upper left one is the copy but that is going just by looks as it does not appear ot be as well made.

    Here in the USA RIDGID vises are not that common. I must say in my 40 years working in the trade I don't think I have ever come across one in any mechanical shop or pipe fab shop I worked in and many of those places had just about every RIDGID tool you could think of that was available at the time.

    No one from RIDGID monitors this forum for the purpose of answering questions such as yours. You might do better to ask your question on Facebook or another social media site. But there may be someone here who does know these vises well enough to answer your question so give it a day or so for a few of the regulars to see your post.
    "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006
    "?ǝɹɐ sɹǝƃuıɟ ɹnoʎ ǝɹǝɥʍ ʍouʞ noʎ op `ʍɐs ǝlqɐʇ ɐ s,ʇı"

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    • #3
      Found this video from 2013 about some of the vises they had available back then. Interesting.
      I like the option to do some bending of flat bar and small diameter tube with the one vise.
      I wonder if it would be possible to adapt one of my vises to do that too.

      "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006
      "?ǝɹɐ sɹǝƃuıɟ ɹnoʎ ǝɹǝɥʍ ʍouʞ noʎ op `ʍɐs ǝlqɐʇ ɐ s,ʇı"

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      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1p...qcZKHyrqKhikFA

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      • #4
        Hello everybody
        Thanks for your comments.
        I contacted the RIDGID company, and it turned out that at least the left vice is an originl,
        that was built 35 years ago.
        Thank you for your help

        best regards
        Last edited by miro; 01-08-2021, 04:20 PM.

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        • drainman scott
          drainman scott commented
          Editing a comment
          Out of curiosity to me the vises look alike is there some special marking on the left one that set it apart from the right one as a RIDGID German manufactered original ?

      • #5
        Thanks for getting back to use with that info.

        If I was to guess I think I would have said the right.

        But it's tough to tell from one photo and not in person evaluation.

        I wonder how many of us have run across a RIDGID vise in their travels. As I said
        I can't recall seeing a single one in all the shops and jobsites I worked over the years.
        "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006
        "?ǝɹɐ sɹǝƃuıɟ ɹnoʎ ǝɹǝɥʍ ʍouʞ noʎ op `ʍɐs ǝlqɐʇ ɐ s,ʇı"

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        • #6
          looks like there still in production ... and in there brochure there's 9 things to look for in a original . https://cdn2.ridgid.com/resources/me...&type=document

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          • #7
            Too bad they are not sold here in the US in more places(if anywhere at present). I bet they would do well.
            "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006
            "?ǝɹɐ sɹǝƃuıɟ ɹnoʎ ǝɹǝɥʍ ʍouʞ noʎ op `ʍɐs ǝlqɐʇ ɐ s,ʇı"

            https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

            https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1p...qcZKHyrqKhikFA

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            • #8
              if they both work well, what difference dose it make. keep the other for a back up
              Push sticks/blocks Save Fingers
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