|Forum topic by redwing98||posted 09-28-2009 09:21 PM||1924 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
09-28-2009 09:21 PM
Need to add a vise to my bench. I was shopping my local Woodcraft and checked out their vises. On the way home, I stopped by Harbor Freight (can’t help it, it’s around the corner from me). The 7” vise they had was remarkably similar to the ones at WC except for the price. ($30)
I know the need to be cautious with HF products, but is there that big of a difference when it comes to vises? I can’t see the need for “quick release” or “fast activating” vises. I just need to occasionally hold some wood securely without using up the few clamps I have.
I usually buy higher end tools, but I’ve also had some good luck with “not so high end” brands performing great. I’m not against some “knock off” items.
Also, are there certain things to check for? I see people noting “racking” in their posts. Is this a big deal? and how prominent is the problem in vises?
-- Woodworker wannabe in training