Which vise should I buy?

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Forum topic by botanist posted 04-13-2009 04:13 PM 1217 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-13-2009 04:13 PM

I was given some money as a birthday present from the in-laws as funds for setting up shop in my new house. I decided to use the money to buy a new front vise for my workbench (I don’t own a vise yet) but I’m having trouble deciding. I’ve looked at the Anant quick release vises, the Jorgensen version, and a quick release front vise. Does anyone have any opinions on the right choice?

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#1 posted 05-07-2009 05:50 PM

Depends on your needs and budget. I am building a new bench for hand-tool work (planes, chisels, dovetails, etc.), and decided I actually need two vises … a front and a tail.

I wound up with two Groz vises … a 9” quick-release (Rockler $89), and a 7” front (Woodcraft $49) ... picked them both up while they were on sale.

On the QR vises, do a Google search for any reviews on models you are considering. Some guys report slippage problems wiith some of the QR vises.

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#2 posted 05-07-2009 07:22 PM

The main problem with front vises is known as “racking”.....Twin screw vises like this have solved the problem:

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#3 posted 05-07-2009 07:42 PM

The type of vise you get will also depend on the dimentions of the bench you have. If it’s possible, you can get the hardware and make a vise, if the bench can support it that is. My father purchased a patternmakers vise ( when he rebuild his shop. It allows you to clamp just about any shape item and can be tilted up or rotated, and the jaws can be angled for better grip. He really likes it.

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#4 posted 05-08-2009 12:54 AM

Check out the latest Fine Woodworking magazine. June 2009 issue has a review of vise hardware.

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