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#1 posted 10-02-2012 02:11 AM

I also have the Harbor Freight vise. On sale and with a coupon, it can be had for 20 bucks, which is hard to beat. It works fairly well. The faces are not parallel, but I “fixed” that by making a jaw that’s thicker on one end. I used a piece of 1 1/2” wood for the front jaw and drilled 3 dog holes in it. It does not have Acme threads, but I’ve not had any issues with pieces working loose. It is not quick release, and that gets old pretty quickly. It also squeaks a lot, no matter how much I lubricate it. Still, it was only 20 bucks…

If you’re willing to spend a bit more money, I’m really intrigued by Lee Valley’s new pipe vise:

http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=69583&cat=1,41659

The depth of the jaw opening for this vise is limited only by the size of the pipe you use. It’s quick release. You can buy extra bases and just move the front part all over your bench. Seems really cool.

Rich;)


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