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Old 02-21-2010, 06:34 PM
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Question Renzetti Traveler Cam Jaw Assembly

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Has anybody converted an older Renzetti S/WTraveler from the knob tension jaw adjust to the new cam jaw? Price seems a bit steep just for a "chuck", but??
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Old 02-22-2010, 07:04 AM
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Hey Doug - good to hear from you. Yes, I've converted both of my travellers to cam jaws (one clamp for travel, one base for home) and that's probably why I haven't thought about buying another vise for years. When using the thumb screws I had evil thoughts of throwing them out the window
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Thanks for the reply, Juro. Great to hear from you, as well.
It's been a very long time since I have done anything fly fishing/tying related.
Just dragging everything "out of the mothballs".
Any local shops have the cam jaws? Or is this something that one is better off getting directly from Renzetti?
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Old 02-22-2010, 10:02 AM
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Some years ago, there was a magazine article showing, step by step, how to convert the thumb screw to cam DIY. I bet a Google search will turn it up.
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Old 02-22-2010, 10:36 AM
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I've been planning to do the conversion since I got a bearsden gift cert for xmas. I expect it will have to be ordered. Can't stand the thumb wheel. It seems to be a bit pricey but I'm not a serious tier so I can't see springing for a new vice.
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Thanks, guys. Just looking at the vise website....I am thinking this is a one screw jaw swap. But, I long ago learned that sometimes when something appears so simple...it isn't. It looks like one can either purchase the entire upper arm....or just the jaws?? The upper arm seems to cost almost as much as an entire new s/w traveler vise. While I consider the cost of the newer jaw a bit high, it is certainly less than a new vise.
I can get the current jaws to hold a hook securely...it's just an aggravation at times.
To be honest, I never realized that the larger "screw" is only a "pivot point"(the screw goes into a counterbore, not a threaded hole).....so if the smaller screw nearer the end of the jaws(where the hook is gripped) is not adjusted correctly, you will never get a secure bite on the hook. It just seems that I am constantly tweaking both screws. Looks like the newer jaw would be far easier to deal with.
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Old 02-23-2010, 08:32 AM
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Pretty sure you can just replace the jaw with one screw but Renzetti parts are $$$. I don't think it would be worth it to replace the entire arm. When I broke my old cam jaws, I did the replacement but next time will just get a new vise.
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