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Item 145444
Model 17A11

WoodRiver - Economy Quick Release Front Vise


Features a machined pivoting nut that engages or releases with a turn of the 1" diameter main screw. Contains 20mm diameter guide rods. Screw and body length 19", width 10-1/2". Handle and mounting...

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Features a machined pivoting nut that engages or releases with a turn of the 1" diameter main screw. Contains 20mm diameter guide rods. Screw and body length 19", width 10-1/2". Handle and mounting screws not included. Hole for handle is approximately 1-5/64" if you are making a handle or purchase 17E52 premade handle.


  • Screw and body length 19", width 10-1/2"
  • Handle and mounting screws not included

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2.94 out of 5 stars
16 Reviews
  1. 1.0 out of 5 stars
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    do not buy this unless you want to deal with hours of frustration. As mentioned by others the vice comes with no instructions but that isn't even the worst of it. When I first bought and installed the vice the quick release would flop open both when opening and closing the vice. I thought maybe I had installed it wrong and so I taped it shut and went on with my life for a while. When i rebuilt my bench I resolved to fix it, same problem, tried it both ways but either way I installed it the threads wouldn't engage unless I taped it shut. I left it for a month or two just so I could get some projects done. When I finally got around to pulling out the front jaw for a THIRD TIME and fiddling with the quick release i found now that neither direction would allow the vice to engage the screws AT ALL, The thing was COMPLETELY BROKEN. either the threads eventually wore out or they never really worked and I just had them on life support. DO NOT BUY THIS VICE, if you can't afford a good quality vice just use some clamps or holdfasts until you save up enough for a good one. I promise that you will be better for it!

  2. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Simple Handle for This Vice

    You don't need a hard to make or expensive to buy wooden handle. A 12" long galvanized pipe nipple 1" IPS with a galvanized pipe cap screwed on either end makes a super handle and fits like that is what the casting was made for! Clay

  3. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Pretty good vise but crappy instructions.

    I could have sworn I left a review for this already but now I can't find it. I wanted to add that I've seen a number of people complaining about the quick release not working even though the vise is brand new. I had the same issue and I realized that I actually had the quick release nut in backwards. Once I reversed it, the problem was solved. I wonder how many people have returned a perfectly good vise because they didn't realize this had happened. I mentioned in my other review that you also need to drill bigger holes than what seems necessary or you'll have a really hard time with this. Apart from poor installation instructions, this seems like a good buy so far.

  4. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    I've been a professional woodworker since 1978, I've dealt with all kinds of woodworking tools and such in the past 40 years. There is nothing wrong with this vice, if installed and cared for properly. A little patience, a little bit of quality lubricant appropriate for the screw, and this vise is really hard to beat. Mine works easily and perfectly. I highly recommend this vise, and give it 5 stars.

  5. 1.0 out of 5 stars
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    Just what I was worried about

    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.

  6. 1.0 out of 5 stars
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    You'll be sorry

    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.

  7. 1.0 out of 5 stars
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    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.

  8. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Good Value

    very easy to install and an excellent value as a front and tail vice for shop built workbenches.

  9. 1.0 out of 5 stars
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    Review Update

    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.

  10. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Good vive for the price

    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.

  11. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    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.

  12. 3.0 out of 5 stars
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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.

  13. 1.0 out of 5 stars
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    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.

  14. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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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!)

  15. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    looks beefy; lacks directions

    Have not used it yet but it appears to be well made and had good action

  16. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Nice Vice, Dowels are a poor fit.

    Vise its self in nice. The 1.000" dowel handle sold for this is a poor fit, too small. 1.125" is to large. Its probably 27mm or 1.062". Good luck finding that.

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