Using Different Kinds of Vises

Vises Safety Tips
  • 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.

Bench Vise

  • 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.

Woodworking Vise
  • 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.

Utility Vise
  • 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

Angle Vise

  • 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.

Clamp Vise
  • 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

Vacuum Vise

  • 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.