Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: League City, Texas. A.K.A. Hurricane Alley
They seem to have dropped the 9" Quick Release vise from the Harbor Freight website, and none in store. BUT if you can locate one, they are a great buy. I have been beating the snot out of mine with no problems. Just clean the cosmoline off of the mechanics of it, coat the stuff that needs lubed in dry lube, double check and tighten any fasteners, especially in the release mechanism, and get after it... The features are great, Pop up dog, quick release, heavy well cast construction, smooth advancement, and assuming you can keep the bench from racking (I had a bench problem that I have since fixed) the quick release operation is nice and smooth. I did have some casting slag that wasn't well ground off that I had to take care of out of the box, but that took all of literally 2 minutes with a file. No big deal. If HF started selling them again, I would get in line to buy a second one as I have a face vise, but no end vise... And I am finding projects where an end vise would be VERY helpful...
I also have a Wilton 7" woodworkers bench vise. I despise it. it is very lightweight, no quick release, no dog, the advance screw operation is very rough. The only positive thing I can say about it is that the powder coated finish on it is very nice. Not worth the money, or space in my shop.
I have heard excellent things about the Anant 9" vise, but it comes in at a price point over $100.00 higher than the HF... Kind of hard to swallow...