A Rediscovered Tool: Bench Clamp

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Blog entry by SirFatty posted 06-03-2012 01:07 PM 5305 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I would do a proper review on this tool, but I have no idea who the manufacturer is or if it can be purchased currently.

Quite some time ago I was at a home show at Pheasant Run Resort and there wan an infomercial style booth set up where a guy was selling a bench clamp. I got caught up in the sales pitch and shelled out about $100 bucks for this thing:

At the time, I was living in a townhouse, and believe it or not, the two car garage was bigger than the one in our current single family. I had a dedicated bench do clamp this thing on. When we moved into this house about 13 years ago, I lost the bench space and this clamp has been in a box since.

Well, I have a bench again, and yesterday I pulled out the clamp and started reevaluating it and rediscovered that it’s not worth anywhere near the amount I paid for it.

It’s cast aluminum which makes it light weight, but it also flexes quite a lot. In the above picture, the amount of force required to secure the block in the vise made me think the jaws were going to snap.

Used in this configuration, it seems the most stable, and perhaps the most useful:

I can also be rotated using a different attachment:

So, it is a pretty good device, worthy of 3 stars. But is it worth the amount of money I paid for it? No way.

Anyone else have one of these? What are your thoughts?

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#1 posted 06-03-2012 03:34 PM

I have one. I didn’t pay near that much for it. I find it is useful to carry to a worksite when away from the bench. I can be used on a tailgate with a board as bench and the board held to tailgate with c-clamps. I also occasionally use it in the garage for a quick grip on something I want to hold stable away from the bench. It works much better than my knee, but it certainly has limitations. I think it is still sold as a Zyliss.

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#2 posted 06-03-2012 08:38 PM

Hi MTMan2. Thanks for the info… that lead me to this forum post. Reading that, I remembered my was the GripMaster.


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#3 posted 06-04-2012 06:03 AM

It is a Swiss rex or a Zyliss – sold on as well as shows.
And yes they are sold using high pressure salemen at shows. Some people would say they are worth $4.00 a pound (scrap aluminum value) and others just love them.

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#4 posted 09-08-2012 10:35 PM

The original Zyliss Vise is worth its weight in gold !
Looks like you got one of the cheap imitations here : (

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#5 posted 09-09-2012 06:01 PM

Doubt they were Aliminum!

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