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Forum topic by Zignot5 posted 410 days ago 762 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Zignot5

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410 days ago

Hello,
I’ve been reading thru the front vise topics on the forum.

I’m looking to purchase my first one, but I’m unclear about the small differences.
I’ve been looking at Lee Valley and Rockler. Both have quick release or non-quick release options. They also have the metal ones with the pop up dog and the ones with a small plate that you have to attach a piece of wood to. They all look great to me so I’m looking for a little clarification.

(Here are examples of what I’m talking about:
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?Offerings_ID=21523&max=999
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=17246&rrt=1)

I’m fairly new to woodworking and am just doing it as a hobby. I like to use hand planes to do finish work:

From your experience is there any particular reason I should go with one over the other?
Do they have different applications?
Is it just personal choice or are there advantages to one over the other?


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crank49

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#1 posted 410 days ago

From your experience is there any particular reason I should go with one over the other?
Absolutely.
The first one you linked to, the front vise, will have a huge problem with racking.
I have had two, and they were both worthless.

The second one you linked, the quick release face vise, is what I have. I put one on the front of my bench and it worked so well compared to the other style, I installed a second one on the end of my bench to use as an end vise. I have been extremely happy with this arrangement.

The only additional vise I plan to get is a Moxon.

-- Michael :-{| Diapers and politicians both need to be changed often; and for the same reason.

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 410 days ago

I have an older Record quick release vise and one Anant copy of the Record vise. Record is a reputable older company but they no longer make these vises. They both have performed well for me. Anant is an Indian company and their vise has performed well, however their quality is not up to par with Record.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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DaveMueller

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#3 posted 409 days ago

I suggest you go to Lee Valley and check out the Veritas quick-release front vise. I picked that one for my workbench and I love it.

-- Dave M. - Liberty Township, Ohio

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nwbusa

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#4 posted 409 days ago

I have the first one you linked from Rockler. I don’t like it. Like crank says, it racks, but I can deal with that. What I really don’t like is the quick release mechanism on that particular vise. It fails to re-engage about half the time, which means I have to reach under the bench and manually engage the mechanism. Freaking annoying. I wish I would have stepped up and bought the Veritas version with the separate quick release lever.

-- John, BC, Canada

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Ron Harper

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#5 posted 408 days ago

You might check over at Benchcrafted

-- Ron in Kokomo

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