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Joe Lyddon

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11-07-2010 10:22 PM

Hi,

I saw this, what looks to be a cool little vise…

Price is right… I think…

Anyone know anything about this?

9in. Quick Release vise

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"


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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 11-08-2010 12:12 AM

Looks like a good deal…..did you read the reviews?
Like many HF items, ya get some good ones and some not so good ones.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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NBeener

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#2 posted 11-08-2010 12:38 AM

I tend to agree with Gene, but not from first-hand experience.

I did glance at the reviews. Looks like your classic Harbor Freight, “You get what you pay for” item.

Personally, I don’t think I would look at my woodworking vise as a place to save a lot of money. I think I’d want a good one. There are always other, and—in my opinion—better ways to economize :-)

But, hey: if you got lucky, and got a GOOD one … you’d probably be very happy with it !

-- -- Neil

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brianinpa

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#3 posted 11-08-2010 12:54 AM

Never used one… but.

Every HF store I have been in I have looked at these and in every case, the vise wasn’t functioning. I know that display models are abused, but it is a metal vise. I wouldn’t think they would fall apart the way I have seen these. The display model vises I have seen and looked at in Lowes and Home Depot worked fine. If they fall apart in the store, how long will it last in your shop?

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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Bureaucrat

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#4 posted 11-08-2010 12:55 AM

I have their other 9” vise. It works okay but wished I had gotten the quick release. I’m not dissatisfied with what I have, it works. I just would prefer to do less cranking. Some say I’m cranky enough already.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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lilredweldingrod

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#5 posted 11-08-2010 01:20 AM

Yes you are, Bureaucrat. Stop cranking that damn vise! lol I have that little vise too. And it is a lot of cranking.
For 35 bucks I would gamble on it. If there is a problem they never quibble over a return. One great thing about HF is the best return policy in town. Rand

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RalphBarker

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#6 posted 11-08-2010 01:37 AM

“One great thing about HF is the best return policy in town.”

Isn’t that about half their business? ;-)

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 11-08-2010 01:55 AM

I went back and read the reviews… didn’t look too bad to me…

If, for any reason, I am not satisfied, I can return it… 90 days.

I ordered it… Has to be better than the little thing I’m using now… I like the quick release idea too.

I’ll let y’all know how it works out…

Thank you for the Help!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Dan

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#8 posted 11-08-2010 02:45 AM

For 40 bucks I cant see how you could go wrong. I have a really cheap vise on my bench and it works decent enough for me for now. I may get this one myself if its still on sale.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 11-08-2010 02:58 AM

Today is the Last Day of the Sale… Not too late….

Good Luck…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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dbhost

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#10 posted 11-08-2010 03:57 AM

I own that vise. I got one that was machined wrong out of the box, took it back to HF and got a second one. It’s been pretty good so far. Had it less than 2 years though, so I can’t say about log term durability…

So far, it has worked all right. Every now and then the quick release doesn’t want to, well release… I have found that it is the cosmoline. I took it back off, cleaned it up real good, and lubed it with lithium grease and it works fine now…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 11-08-2010 06:18 AM

Sounds like I have a chance of getting something better than what I have…
... if it’s not right, it looks like I will be taken care of with Satisfaction…

I just hope I don’t get what you (or someone else) took back! :) :)

(What do they do with the Returns? Save them up for this SALE? :) )

We shall see…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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dbhost

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#12 posted 11-08-2010 06:45 AM

Dunno. I know 4 guys here locally with them. I should grab a second one, but I will pass for now. Like so many others, I need to watch my pennies a bit more these days…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#13 posted 11-08-2010 06:58 AM

Joe, nice little vice-good with the drill press!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#14 posted 11-13-2010 07:37 PM

Good thing I searched, I was just gonna ask this question. Guess I’ll go with the NBeener assessment, economize elsewhere :-)0

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Joe Lyddon

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#15 posted 11-13-2010 08:55 PM

I got mine yesterday… It sure looks GOOD…

HEAVY!

Seems to work OK, without being mounted yet…

LOOKS great!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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