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dennis
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Advice

Post by dennis » Tue Nov 25, 2014 11:36 am

Since we have a few Regal Pro Staff members, I have a problem and favor to ask.

I chipped my jaws on my vise yesterday. I purchased the vice from Regal about 15-20 years ago. Is it still under warranty and will Regal fix it? Or will I need to buy a new head. The shop I bought it from went out of business.

Thanks Dennis

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Re: Advice

Post by ewpeper » Tue Nov 25, 2014 12:19 pm

dennis wrote:Since we have a few Regal Pro Staff members, I have a problem and favor to ask.

I chipped my jaws on my vise yesterday. I purchased the vice from Regal about 15-20 years ago. Is it still under warranty and will Regal fix it? Or will I need to buy a new head. The shop I bought it from went out of business.

Thanks Dennis
Just contact Regal Engineering at 978-544-6571 or regalvise(at)gmail(dot)com and ask them. My Regal is close to 35 years old, and they replaced the jaws about 5-6 years ago. There was a fee, but it was reasonable and well worth it. I paid less than $50 to buy the vise, and I certainly would have paid that to replace the jaws, but I know the fee was less than $50. IIRC the service was pretty quick too, altho at the time I had a backup vise.

Eric
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Re: Advice

Post by tie2fish » Tue Nov 25, 2014 12:27 pm

For what it's worth, Dennis, you might want to consider replacing the chipped cast iron jaws with the newer stainless steel ones. I did this several years ago and have not regretted it.

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Re: Advice

Post by BrownBear » Tue Nov 25, 2014 12:54 pm

I just went to their site to double check, and I'm pleased to see that sometime in recent years they updated the rating for their Traditional head, as well as introducing a Big Game head.

Way back when I bought mine (around 25 years as I can best reconstruct), they were rating the Traditional for all sizes from #22 to #6/0. Now it is rated for #22 to #1/0.

I kinda doubt many here will be tying so large, but right away I used mine to tie 6 dozen #3/0's for a trip to Florida, which sprung the jaws to the point they wouldn't hold a #12. I ran into all sorts of grief from their warranty folks in spite of the fact the vise was less than 2 months old, with them claiming I had abused the head and refusing to replace the jaws under warranty. I told them to send it back to me without repair (They wanted $60 then) and tossed it into a drawer with a very bad taste in my mouth.

Now that they're offering Big Game heads I'll look into whether those jaws (rated to #5/0) can be fitted to my old neglected model. But they can rest assured I'll immediately start tying my supply of 5/0 streamers for next spring's king salmon fishing. The concept is good, but here's hoping that their engineers are now talking to their warranty shop.

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Re: Advice

Post by dennis » Tue Nov 25, 2014 4:02 pm

ewpeper wrote:
dennis wrote:Since we have a few Regal Pro Staff members, I have a problem and favor to ask.

I chipped my jaws on my vise yesterday. I purchased the vice from Regal about 15-20 years ago. Is it still under warranty and will Regal fix it? Or will I need to buy a new head. The shop I bought it from went out of business.

Thanks Dennis
Just contact Regal Engineering at 978-544-6571 or regalvise(at)gmail(dot)com and ask them. My Regal is close to 35 years old, and they replaced the jaws about 5-6 years ago. There was a fee, but it was reasonable and well worth it. I paid less than $50 to buy the vise, and I certainly would have paid that to replace the jaws, but I know the fee was less than $50. IIRC the service was pretty quick too, altho at the time I had a backup vise.

Eric
Thanks Eric. Will call them and talk.

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Re: Advice

Post by Rolf » Tue Nov 25, 2014 4:08 pm

tie2fish wrote:For what it's worth, Dennis, you might want to consider replacing the chipped cast iron jaws with the newer stainless steel ones. I did this several years ago and have not regretted it.
I did this when my jaws chipped. One of the best moves I've made.
Brook Trout are God's way of saying everything is going to be all right.

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Re: Advice

Post by JeremyG » Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:15 pm

tie2fish wrote:For what it's worth, Dennis, you might want to consider replacing the chipped cast iron jaws with the newer stainless steel ones. I did this several years ago and have not regretted it.

Me too. Love the stainless jaws. A super decision. Really, they're all I need for trouty stuff but I have a back-up in an HMH too, tiny jaws for tiny flies...for my tiny bloody fish! *G* :mrgreen:

Jeremy.

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Re: Advice

Post by wiFlyFisher » Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:19 pm

ewpeper wrote:
dennis wrote:Since we have a few Regal Pro Staff members, I have a problem and favor to ask.

I chipped my jaws on my vise yesterday. I purchased the vice from Regal about 15-20 years ago. Is it still under warranty and will Regal fix it? Or will I need to buy a new head. The shop I bought it from went out of business.

Thanks Dennis
Just contact Regal Engineering at 978-544-6571 or regalvise(at)gmail(dot)com and ask them. My Regal is close to 35 years old, and they replaced the jaws about 5-6 years ago. There was a fee, but it was reasonable and well worth it. I paid less than $50 to buy the vise, and I certainly would have paid that to replace the jaws, but I know the fee was less than $50. IIRC the service was pretty quick too, altho at the time I had a backup vise.

Eric
Like Eric, my jaws chipped after about 30 years and I sent it in and got the jaws replaced about 4 years ago.

From their website (http://regalvise.com/service.html)

Repairs

We recommend that you send only your Vise Head in a secure box and purchase insurance. Please keep the tracking number for your records and enclose a short note stating that you would like your vise repaired. Please make sure to include your complete physical address, phone number and email address. There is a $50.00 fee for this service ($60.00 outside of the contiguous U.S.). This is a flat fee for all repairs. Shipping is included in this fee. We accept checks, money orders and credit cards. Please allow 2-3 weeks from the day you send it out to us

Please send your vise head ONLY, to us at:

Regal Engineering 100 Prentiss Street, Orange, MA 01364 USA ATTN: REPAIRS

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