I hope to build a bench soon, and I’m looking around on CL for vises. I don’t have a huge budget, so I figured I’d pick up a vintage vise that isn’t too pretty and fix her up. Well, I found a guy asking $50 a piece for two regular vises, and $20 for a quick release with a broken casting where it bolts on. I don’t want to deal with that, even though a quick release would be nice. He said he’d go $45 on either of the other ones. I’m going to wait a few days and see if he’ll take $40, but if he won’t budge, $45 is fine. Regardless, I have to choose between the two. Both are in good condition, and turn smoothly. I think they’re both 7” as well. one is a Wilton, the other is a Columbian. Any reason I should choose one over the other? I’m leaning toward the Wilton, but I don’t have a good reason. Mind giving me a good reason? Here are his posted pics of each one, although you can’t see much in the pics.
-- Marc -- Worcester, MA