Using Different Kinds of Vises
- Always be sure to wear eye protection when hammering an object being held by a vise.
- Worn jaw inserts and bent sliding cross pin handles should be replaced.
- Never use an extension cheater handle or hammer on the handle of a vise for extra clamping pressure.
- If there is any possibility of marring the work, use jaw liners with a vise.
- Discard any vise that shows even the slightest hairline fracture.
- Use bolts in all the holes in the base of the vise and use lock washers under the nuts.
- When work is held in the vise for sawing, be sure to saw as close to the jaws as possible.
- When clamping long work pieces in a vise, always make sure the end of the work is properly supported.
- Tool that mounts on a workbench or table to hold work pieces securely in place between two flat jaws.
- Generally used in light-duty applications.
- Available in both stationary and swivel models to hold work at various angles and positions.
- A threaded spindle opens and closes the jaws of the vise to hold and release work piece.
- Generally has jaws ranging in length from 3" to 8".
- Jaw opening ranges from 4” to 12” in different models.
- Has jaws made of wooden pads to hold work piece securely in place without marring surface of work piece.
- Generally mounted to the side of a workbench
- Some woodworking vises have a fast-acting screw arrangement for the rapid positioning of the movable jaw prior to clamping.
- Smaller vises have continuous screws and are light and easy to clamp on a workbench or sawhorse.
- Similar to a bench vise.
- Generally has jaws ranging in length from 3" to 6".
- Better models feature swivel bases so the vise may be turned to the best angle for each particular job.
- Some utility vises either have cast-in pipe jaws or permit special curved-face pipe jaws to be inserted between the regular jaws to add versatility
- Contains marked adjustments to permit clamping at different angles.
- Can also be adjusted to a flat position and used as a regular vise.
- Can be locked into any position with a thumb screw, and bolts can be tightened for permanent positioning.
- Is a combination fixed and portable vise, featuring a bottom clamp for easy attachment to workbenches, sawhorses or tables.
- The best choice for portable use.
Drill Press Vise
- Great for holding work piece still when drilling, tapping and reaming on a drill press.
- Most models have grooves machined on both sides for mounting to machine table.
- Used for 90-degree machining of sidebodies
- Light-duty vise that has a lever-operated suction cup on the bottom to secure to tabletop or other work surface.
Vises PRO Corner
- Nearly any type of professional customer needs a vise, whether it be a woodworker or a contractor. Be able to explain the different uses for different vises to your different types of professional customers.
- For professional customers, be sure to recommend heavier-duty vices that have casting ratings of approximately 60,000 psi.
- Contractors will want vises with interchangeable jaw faces to accept a wide array of materials.