|Review by ShipWreck||posted 04-23-2012 12:48 AM||8049 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
I picked this up at my local WoodCraft store on sale about a month ago. I saw it laying in a opened box and thought that I would give it a quick look. I was not looking to buy a vise at the moment, but I knew I would be needing one sooner or later. This vise appeared to be pretty well made, so I ended up cashing out with it. I finally got around to mounting it to my “crapper” work bench this weekend. The bench in the picture was actually built during a lunch break as a tool storage table on my last house “rehab”. Here is a review of the install and operation.
1. Fit and finish: The overall machining is pretty good. I did notice that the rear retaining plate had very sharp bores. I chamfered the bores to with a file to prevent them from catching the guide rods from any misalignment issues. The quick release mechanism is in 2 pieces and fit into the rear retaining plate very well.
2. Install: I have a skirt 2X4 skirt on my bench, so I had to bore through the 2×4 and plate. The install is pretty straight forward regardless of the poor PDF. file that WoodCraft provides. I shimmed the the rear retaining plate with wood scraps that were laying around. I think it is off by 1/8” or so….... no big deal. When I went to install the vise handle, I found that the 1” handle that WoodRiver suggested is to sloppy. I will probable have one of my wood turning friends turn down a 1 1/4” dowel for me. As you can see in the pictures…..my handle is temporary.
3: Wood for jaws: When I installed the wood for the front jaw, I left it with about a 1/4” jiggle room. Allowing a loose fit will allow tapered stock to clamp down without tapered jigs.
4: Lubrication: This vise needs a very light grease because the quick release mechanism will stick to the threaded shaft and not release properly. I ended up going with “Liquid Wrench” white lithium.
5: Operation: The operation is pretty smooth, and it feels solid. The guide shafts need to be slid back and forth a couple dozen times before the vise feels smooth. After that, it feels like butter. I put all my weight onto the handle while clamping down on a piece of 2X4 and it still released smoothly afterwards.
Conclusion: WoodRiver obviously did not pay attention to the handle bore so it could accept standard “off the shelf” dowel dimensions. The installation instructions are adequate, but should be more defined for a less experienced customer. Overall…......... I would recommend this vise to anyone.