Ball vice mount

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Gentlemen and ladies of the forum, I've found myself in a bit of a pickle and I'm sure it's because I'm overthinking the situation. I purchased a A60 microscope with the adjustable arm Several months ago and have it mounted to my work bench, my problem is that in order to get my ball vice in focus I have to have the arm raised rather high and then stretch mightly to be able to see. This is the make and model for those that may not know https://www.engraver.com/leica-a60-...icroscope-with-flex-arm-stand-and-ring-light/

Is there some trick to having your ball vice lower than desk top so it's in the focal range of the optic? Any advice greatly appreciated.


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Jon
 
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2-3-4) Mount your vise on a GRS (or equal) Vise Shelf, shelf and adjustable height bracket or portable vise stand.
Hope you enjoy your scope.
That looks to be the very thing I need! A vice shelf, I could not for the life of me think of correct search criteria.

I'm rather short for a man, and I'm already in the tallest stool I find comfortable so this should drop it low enough for stable use.

Thanks again!
 

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i use an old 1.5" dia. lead screw and flange. such allows me to adjust the part easily to the focal point of the scope. the scope never needs adjustment. all are comfy for me when seated. easy for me, as i have a couple of welding machines and cutting torches.
all this is attached to a "scope cart" on castors. such allows moving around when needed. the thing is possum ugly, but works perfectly in my situation.
the grs shelf would be far easier to get. i spent a good deal of time creating my cart. grs goodies are top shelf. every grs item i've purchased is well worth the bucks.
 

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Drill press (Harbor Freight). Scope is mounted on an adjustable arm (set scope to comfortable working height, then crank table up or down to focus. . This photo doesn't show it but drill press column flange is screwed to floor and also attached to wall...make for a very rigid setup (tho not mobil). IMG_8878.jpeg IMG_0157.jpeg IMG_8878.jpeg IMG_0157.jpeg
 
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your neck is too short, Jon. you need to find a good chiropractor who believes in fairly aggressive 'adjustments'. in a pinch, the local hangman may be of service.
I wouldn't want to bother the poor gentleman, as hanging has gone out of favor here in Kentucky for some time now. And it would be the height of rudeness to call him back into service on account of my sorry neck.
If it's all the same to you, I'll be trying the shelf or drill press method first, but will certainly take your advice into consideration!

Jon
 

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Go with the drillpress to hold your vise, and mount the microscope to the bench.
This will isolate the scope and help prevent vibration YMMV
I wholeheartedly agree with Dave, using a drill press is a rather cost friendly way to approach the problem. I have tried the vise shelf and found it to be lacking in fine adjustments and it is time consuming to make adjustments to the stand, vibrations are a problem with the vise stand to. Or for $800.00 a GRS satellite stand. But one thing is clear that no matter what you will be adjusting the height of the vise to keep things in focus and comfortable working.
 

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Dave that is so right using the drill press base and column, I have one and it works great..no vibs at all.
 

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