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Old 01-14-2020, 11:16 PM   #1
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Bench vise recommendations

Long story short, I'm on my 2nd 5" bench vise and ready to donate it out after I repair the base that freewheels.

I admit: First one I bought 20 years ago was Harbor Freight quality. Latter was Chinese-made Craftsman. First one cracked while using the anvil. Second one spins wildly, base won't lock, I just repaired for the 3rd time.

Looking for a good 4-6" vise, medium duty, and I'm not scared of getting an old one and refurbishing it. Prefer something made in Japan or USA. Any recommendations for a brand or model number/model range?

Will primarily use it for the anvil, holding stock, and high-torque applications so a locking pivot base (no clamp-ons) is 110% required.
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Old 01-14-2020, 11:48 PM   #2
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Re: Bench vise recommendations

I bought this Irwin and I'm pretty happy with it:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 01-15-2020, 12:28 AM   #3
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Re: Bench vise recommendations

Supposedly the only thing better than a new Wilton vise is an old Wilton vise. They're a little pricey though. Even the used ones on CL are usually expensive. I have a Yost that's been a good one. They used to be made in USA but I'm not sure if that's true anymore.
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Old 01-15-2020, 12:49 AM   #4
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Re: Bench vise recommendations

I have had good luck with menards top brand master force. If it's in your price range, I would recommend.
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Old 01-15-2020, 01:31 AM   #5
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Re: Bench vise recommendations

I'm a wilton man myself...bought a BIG 6" for 100bucks...it was made in the 60s...
buddy of mine bought a 8in wilton on a 5x5 steel welding table for 100bucks from the same guy....right before I bought mine...of course
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Old 01-15-2020, 06:56 AM   #6
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Re: Bench vise recommendations

With vises I go for old ones. Any old vise is a good vise, if it was made long enough ago.
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Old 01-15-2020, 12:43 PM   #7
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Re: Bench vise recommendations

Thanks y'all.

I've seen a number of vintage ones out there. Littco, Fuller, and Columbian seem to be plentiful. I see the Wiltons too, and the price tag associated with them ...

Seems like there's some really good prices on eBay right now. Haven't checked NextDoor, Craigslist or others. Probably get around to that today.
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Old 01-15-2020, 08:58 PM   #8
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Re: Bench vise recommendations

Amazon 6 inch vice no# 11106 made of better steel they say
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Old 01-15-2020, 09:20 PM   #9
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Re: Bench vise recommendations

I purchased a 6 inch Yost off Woot. They seem to run pretty good deals on Yost vises every few months. Its been a good vice so far.
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Old 01-15-2020, 11:28 PM   #10
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Re: Bench vise recommendations

I've pounded on quite a few vices and definitely recommend a good beefy Wilton, new or used..

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Old 01-16-2020, 05:03 PM   #11
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Re: Bench vise recommendations

I suspect a lot of the old vises are real good. I picked this off a used tool dealer for $35. Built in Asia, but takes a beating & hasn't failed me yet over 10-15 years.

Craigslist etc. are always options.
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Old 01-16-2020, 06:25 PM   #12
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Re: Bench vise recommendations

Biggest advantage of old tools, vices or otherwise, is that they haven't broken yet.

The poor quality ones have been weeded out, and only the best have survived.
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