|Forum topic by Mainiac Matt||posted 05-01-2016 09:18 PM||703 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
05-01-2016 09:18 PM
I purchased this vise from Grizzly some time ago and am just now getting my plans organized to put it to use. It’s quite a massive piece of hardware with a 1-3/16” screw and seems quite well constructed.
But now I’m wondering about the design and its intended orientation for use. My question is driven by wondering why the screw is offset to one side, and whether the vise is intended to clamp short stock (shorter than the vise jaw is wide) on one side over the other, to avoid racking the vise (less torsional force on the side with the shorter moment arm… the moment arm being the distance from the screw to the guide rod).
Any thoughts on this?
Is there an accepted practice?
They advertise the vice as a “front vise” and it makes sense that a board clamped to the bench front would often only be in the right (short) side of the jaws.
But then again, the installation pics show it being used as an end vise for a left handed bench… which also makes sense.
I was hoping to use this as an end vise on a right handed bench, but now that I think about it, that appears to be backwards for the design.
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