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Just what I was worried about
Economy Quick Release Front Vise
I got this on a whim when I just suddenly became fed up with trying to use clamps. Even when considering to buy it I was worried about the quick release mechanism, turns out I was right. Mine came with no instructions and no information what so ever. After quite a bit of doing I installed it on my bench and it worked okay for a 2 to 3 years usually holding tight when needed. Before long it would release randomly when clamping something small now it will just release when the slightest tension has been added. I don't think I have to tell you that a vise that doesn't hold work is just worthless. Don't bother with the quick release, go with reliability instead.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
You'll be sorry
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
The quick release mechanism is so poorly machined that the vise can only be opened and closed by an elaborate fiddling procedure. Each time I tighten it (moderately, avoiding wracking) I fear it will entirely fail.
Saving money on cheap vises that compromise your workbench is a big mistake.
waste of money
Dont waste your money on this. The quick release is useless. The vise come loose easily. Poor quality steel on the threaded rod.
very easy to install and an excellent value as a front and tail vice for shop built workbenches.
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
This is an update from my January 2012 review. While doing some light testing after install, the cam snapped (just like an earlier review). I contacted Woodcraft, and since it was within the 90 guarnantee window, they sent me out a new cam the next day. Well, I took my bench apart to install the new cam and have been using the vise on and off for 5 months, being incredibly careful about clamping distribution and torque. Yesterday, the exact same piece snapped in the exact same spot. This is a major fault, and I would not buy this product until WoodRiver can re-design the cam mechanism. Woodcraft, however, has been very helpful through the whole process.
Good vive for the price
The Box Man
San Angelo, TX
Added it to my new work bench. So far no problems. Grips well. I am still getting the hang of the quick release mechanism but then I am a slow learner.
For those anoyed with the factory handle just go out and buy a 12" pipe nipple and two end caps. Works great @ half the price. Used the same handle in my Wood River end vice.
Wonderful, well worth the money.
I used four pieces of 3/4" fir ply for the jaw face, drilled required holes in plywood using forstner bits for snug fit, installed vise to bench using 1/4" lag screws. Have been using my vise for a month now with no problems, and no racking. The vise is installed on a 5 1/2" bench top with 9 1/2" tall plywood jaw that is 15 1/2"" wide.
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Good Vise... where are the instructions?
Vise is very sturdy and holds objects tightly, however, the vise does not come with mounting instructions, templates, or hardware. If I pay [$] for something, they should at least include the $.50 worth of mounting hardware and the fraction of a cent worth of mounting templates and instructions.
Made in China...broke on first real use.
Installed vise a year ago and used it intermittently since then. Just started to do some real work with it recently and on the first use, the quick-release cam mechanism snapped... iron collar just broke into two pieces.
Pressure applied at the time was significant and balanced, but not more than one would expect to hold a piece of wood firmly.
You get what you pay for... lesson learned.
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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
I've got two of them ... one as a side vice and one as an end vice. The instructions, although not written for 8th grade reading like Military Field Manuals, were just doable. The handle you guys sell is too small (like Dave O says, about 1.062"/27mm) I had some closet rod laying around and stuck it on the lathe and came up with 'The Right Stuff'. The hardware (i.e.:Screws) that are called for in the instructions aren't easily available but 1/4" lag bolts worked just fine ... I actually feel more comfortable with them. I did do some clean up on some of the rough casting, but when I was done I was convinced that it was as good as the $200+ ones they sell (It makes me feel better anyway!)
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