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Which Small Bench Vise to Buy???

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by vpr80, Jan 12, 2012.

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  1. vpr80

    vpr80 Active Member

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    I need a small bench mounted vise for various random tasks. Was going to buy some cheapie from HD, but I see the lower end stuff is made in china and breaks. Big surprise there. Seems the US made ones are huge $$$ for a really small one, but I found these made by Ridgid that I believe are made in Germany.

    Which one do you think is better?<BR>
    Any others around $200 to consider?

    http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/Quick-Acting-Vises/index.htm<BR>
    http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/F-Series-Vises

    Thanks
     
  2. timberfaller

    timberfaller Well-Known Member

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    I would say the F Series one is the best. The other one is going to break at the "quick-acting" area.

    If is is made in China YES stay away from them, I have been able on everyone I've been around, to break them in two with just applying tightening pressure with out a "cheater" on the handle! They are Heavy and Cheap, mainly CHEAP! castings!
     
  3. grntitan

    grntitan Well-Known Member

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    Get a "Wilton" and be done with it. Those look to be quality made but i'm not familiar with them. Wilton has been around for a long time and have a great reputation. The old adage "you get what you pay for" certainly applies to vises.
     
  4. vpr80

    vpr80 Active Member

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    The small Wilton is like $350. While it might be good for a professional shop, I don't want to spend that much on a small vise for once in a while use.
     
  5. over the hill

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    Years ago I had a Versa Vise.

    It eventually broke, (my fault), after a lot of misuse.

    Very handy. Check it out on the Web.



    Regards....Gerald
     
  6. hwy13

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    Hello,,

    Not sure how big a vise you are looking for?

    I bought a small vise from StewMac.com several years ago,
    it has worked just fine.
     
  7. wireguy

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    Watch craigslist for used ones in good brand names.
     
  8. 4EVRYOUNG

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    Hit the area pawn Shops.

    I bought an older US made Craftsman $100 But I do buy a lot there.
     
  9. TOOLMAKER 251

    TOOLMAKER 251 Active Member

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    I got a bench vice in my shop made by "Parker Bros. Meriden, Ct."
     
  10. blkcloud

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    I have a parker vise also.. I'm thinking it says Chas. Parker on it.. really weird thread, tried to make a new nut for it and it was wore so bad we never figured out the lead..(leed) lol..
    Go to ebay and buy a used Wilton.. It will last you for every.. dont dont dont cheap out and get a chinese vise...
    I got a fortune cookie once and the note read..
    fool who buy chinese vise.. soon buy another one..
     
  11. TOOLMAKER 251

    TOOLMAKER 251 Active Member

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    Blkcloud, the Parker screw is 3.2 tpi or a pitch of .3125 in a 2 1/2 acme configuration. Might have been a standard back then, or their own bastard thread. Any CNC lathe is capable of cutting this thread.
     
  12. vpr80

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    Thanks guys, maybe I'll take a look on CL for some used ones. eBay is useless because I looked yesterday and the prices are crazy for used one also shipping a 50lb vise kills any deals.
     
  13. andybull

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    If you like auctions, look up machinery auctions in your area.
     
  14. vpr80

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    I live in an urban area so there are no pawn shops, no machinery auctions, etc.

    Best I can do is Craigslist. Found an old Craftsman 3.5" that has been cleaned up and repainted gold. Seems like a nice one for $75, but I don't really like the gold paint on it. Also found a $1000 Yost that's brand new for like $300, but it looks to be pretty big and kinda far to pick up. So basically nothing yet, but maybe I can find something.
     
  15. skeeljc

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    I would not rule out the ones made in China. I have a 6" vice that I got at Mills Fleet Farm. The jaws rotate. It has seved me well. I have pressed some parts together with it by placing a length of pipe over the handle. It has survived.

    Jim Skeel
     
  16. grntitan

    grntitan Well-Known Member

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    vpr80,

    I'm not sure what your price limit is, but here is a nice brand new 5" Wilton for $199. I have purchased quite a few tools from this company including some refurbs. Great company with good deals. They only have one left at that price.

    The company is Tyler Tool.

    Click on link above and it will take you to the vise.
     
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