7" Front Vise
This Front Vise is ideal when building a workbench or adding to an
existing one. A great addition to any shop at a great price.
Overall measurements are:
3 /4" Diameter Acme Screw
1 /2" Diameter Guide Rods (double guide rods)
Jaw Size: 7" x 1 3 /4" with drill holes for wood jaw attachment
Wooden Handle: 1" x 13"
8 3 /4" Capacity less the thickness of your wooden jaws
Made of durable and extremely strong close-grained cast iron.
The price was right for me. I'm a hobbyist who will use this vise on an intermittent basis, so it should work well for me. It didn't come with instructions but general instructions can be found on the Internet. It took me a few hours to ensure it was installed correctly on my workbench, including the addition of oak and pine jaws. I'm happy with the vise and I expect many years of use.
I was not sure what to expect with this vise considering how much cheaper it is as compared to a veritas or, really, any other front vise.
But when I opened the box, I found this massive piece of metal staring at me. The machining is excellent and the operation is smooth as silk. It's acme screws are quick and it is well oiled/greased (but not overly so).
The additional handle that it comes with is a wondeful little bonus, considering you either have to make one or buy one. I have the 1" hardwood dowel, but ready to go is always better when it's free!
Overall, I would buy another one without worrying too much about it. At this price, even if it were only to last a couple of years (though I think it will survive long pas me with regular maintenance), it would still be worth it.
It does seem to weight more than 10lbs though. It feels more like 20, though maybe I'm just tired.
I doubt anyone buying this will be disappointed. I am using it as my tail vise with bench dogs and I am sure it will work fantastically in that duty.