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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,849
Bench Vice advice needed
« on: May 12, 2021, 05:01:05 AM »
I am in need of either a bench vice or some type of vice that will hold Swiss Army knives to work on them.

I would like to buy a decent quality one here in the US. 
Would sure appreciate a few suggestions on which one to buy.  I don't think I've ever bought one.  :think:
I had one years ago that was in the garage that came with the house, but I gave it to my brother years ago, it was a 20 pounder or more.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Bench Vice advice needed
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2021, 05:18:54 AM »
Are you looking for a heavy duty permanent vice?

For something like SAK work, something lighter duty may serve you well enough. I have a clamp on vice, with rubber coated jaws that pivot on a ball joint.

Since it clamps on there's no need to bolt into a workbench, you can even use the dining room table  :dunno:

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Re: Bench Vice advice needed
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2021, 05:20:15 PM »
Are you looking for a heavy duty permanent vice?

For something like SAK work, something lighter duty may serve you well enough. I have a clamp on vice, with rubber coated jaws that pivot on a ball joint.

Since it clamps on there's no need to bolt into a workbench, you can even use the dining room table  :dunno:

Mostly for lighter duty, not heavy duty.
https://www.stanleytools.com/products/hand-tools/manual-fastener-tools/spring-metal-angle/multiangle-base-vise/83-069m

Hmmm mixed reviews though...
Looks nice, but yes, I wonder about the low rating on it.  :dunno:
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Re: Bench Vice advice needed
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2021, 05:47:51 PM »
I bought a PanaVise and base on Amazon a few year ago. It’s been a fantastic tool.

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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,849
Re: Bench Vice advice needed
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2021, 06:01:43 PM »
I bought a PanaVise and base on Amazon a few year ago. It’s been a fantastic tool.
That's a good contender pipedreams!
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Re: Bench Vice advice needed
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2021, 07:39:15 PM »
I use this one, and insert some rubber padded jaws when working on a Swiss Army Knife. It's really good quality and very stable because it's flat and heavy. It's one of my favorite tools, and definitely is one of the best purchases I ever did regarding tools.

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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,849
Re: Bench Vice advice needed
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2021, 09:12:17 PM »
Another contender, thank you GF!
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Re: Bench Vice advice needed
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2021, 06:09:59 AM »
Mostly for lighter duty, not heavy duty.Looks nice, but yes, I wonder about the low rating on it.  :dunno:

I got one, and it works quite nice for light work with suitable sizes. For bigger and more regular designs I'm quite happy with the Ridgid Peddinghous "Matador" which is an all forged vise.

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Global Moderator Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 25,357
Re: Bench Vice advice needed
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2021, 04:00:44 PM »
I picked up a HF&T vice https://www.harborfreight.com/hand-tools/clamps-vises/vises-anvils/2-1-2-half-inch-table-swivel-vise-97160.html that is pretty decent.  For the money I am happy. 

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Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 66,811
Re: Bench Vice advice needed
« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2021, 04:17:59 PM »
I hope you find one you like, FB :tu:

I just bought a 4 and a half or 5 inch bench vise from Lowes years ago and use it for all my needs :cheers:

Something like this is what I use :salute:



I also have one of these from Irwin but rarely use it :think:

Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,849
Re: Bench Vice advice needed
« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2021, 04:34:35 PM »
Thank you all, I have more vices to research!  :like:
Global Moderator Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 25,357
Re: Bench Vice advice needed
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2021, 04:51:52 PM »
I also have a machinist vice that is pretty handy.  My partner uses it with a clamp for her crafting as well.  I got that vice at the flea market. 

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Re: Bench Vice advice needed
« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2021, 05:06:31 PM »
I have a Wilton Bar Clamp vice that works perfectly for what I need it to do...leatherwork and all.

https://picclick.com/Wilton-Bar-Clamp-Swivel-Quick-Release-Clamp-on-254082645833.html

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Re: Bench Vice advice needed
« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2021, 10:35:30 PM »
Thanks all for the ideas.  I'll post an update once I decide on one.
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Re: Bench Vice advice needed
« Reply #16 on: May 17, 2021, 09:05:26 AM »
Lisa, you'd probably know this, but if you are planning to get a vise, potentially may do a SAK mod or two on it.  I would humbly suggest to look at ones with the anvil attached to the vise.  You could hammer/peen the pivots/pins on them, and they are perfect for that kind of work.

I personally have used the exact one Syncop8r has posted(the yellow one with 360 rotation ball), and it's ok for light work I do.  It's great to put on SAK scales(with leather as buffer), and I often use it to hold onto a dremel or angular grinder for knife mods and use.

But if you do have the space, I would totally go for the first one Poncho posted.  The wider, deeper opening and longer jaw probably will mean more gripping area and possibility to grip larger objects.  And it's probably crucial to think about where you plan to put that vise, since it would dictate the kind of material you could grip too.

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No Life Club Posts: 3,064
Re: Bench Vice advice needed
« Reply #17 on: May 20, 2021, 04:08:31 AM »
I can see some similar vises above, but just received this one bought from eBay for about A$25 (roughly US$18) and seems pretty good.

I wanted something portable and not too heavy for SAK scale swaps, filing down the back of my Mora HD Companion to use with a ferro rod etc.

Not having a proper workspace this seemed ideal. Gave it a quick once over yesterday and seems to fit the bill very well

It came with rubber guards perfect for these small jobs.

Can supply a link if useful

:cheers: ET

Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,108
Re: Bench Vice advice needed
« Reply #18 on: May 20, 2021, 04:30:00 AM »
 :tu:

Is that an anvil area at the back?

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Re: Bench Vice advice needed
« Reply #19 on: May 20, 2021, 05:17:03 AM »
:tu:

Is that an anvil area at the back?
Yes it is Syncop8r :cheers:
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,849
Re: Bench Vice advice needed
« Reply #20 on: June 03, 2021, 06:22:43 PM »
Can supply a link if useful
Sure!  That's one I can see myself using.
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Re: Bench Vice advice needed
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