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I need a bench vise

With jaws that open to at least 3 inches. Being able to swivel the head would be nice. Vacuum or bolts for the base are fine.

Something like this would be pretty much perfect:

http://www.woodcraft.com/product/200...rsal-vise.aspx

Before I pull the trigger on that one, anyone have any suggestions/feedback?
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-26-2012, 06:12 PM
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What are you planning on using it for? There's a big difference in vices (and prices) depending on the purpose.

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Buy the best vice you can. Go in debt to get it. You will kick yourself every time you clamp something in it if you don't. It's you right hand man. I could just spit every time I can't get the damn craftsman I have to open after I release it. It was their best at the time. If you look at my avatar you can almost see it bolted to the masterpiece work bench I call me best friend.

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post #4 of 7 Old 03-26-2012, 11:43 PM
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Parrot Vise

Hi! !
Looks just like the Parrot Vise we use in our shop (in addition to a few more standard looking vises that we use also). It's versatility is outstanding, it's beefy enough for most medium jobs, and performs functions other units simply can't !
Before you order it, check out grizzly.com, then type in search box
<parrot vise>, then <go> or <enter>
For $42.95 you get same unit by Shop Fox (H3302), and for $15.95 (optional) extra you get the "tilting jaws" (H3303) for a few bucks more than Woodcraft's offer for the vise alone! These jaws make the vise even more adaptable to odd shaped stock, than the vise alone, providing you see yourself needing this feature down the line ! DO check out the specs. We are happy with our 3-year old investment. S & H should be reasonable.
A vise is an important decision !
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What are you planning on using it for? There's a big difference in vices (and prices) depending on the purpose.
It would be for luthier work at first, but I would like to be able to use it for holding carving work as well.


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Hi! !
Looks just like the Parrot Vise we use in our shop (in addition to a few more standard looking vises that we use also). It's versatility is outstanding, it's beefy enough for most medium jobs, and performs functions other units simply can't !
Before you order it, check out grizzly.com, then type in search box
<parrot vise>, then <go> or <enter>
For $42.95 you get same unit by Shop Fox (H3302), and for $15.95 (optional) extra you get the "tilting jaws" (H3303) for a few bucks more than Woodcraft's offer for the vise alone! These jaws make the vise even more adaptable to odd shaped stock, than the vise alone, providing you see yourself needing this feature down the line ! DO check out the specs. We are happy with our 3-year old investment. S & H should be reasonable.
A vise is an important decision !
Best,
Marena
The parrot Vise by Shopfox was another vise I was looking it. Though the vendor I found had it listed for much more than grizzly. Thanks for bringing that up.
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Bought my 40 lb wilton off of ebay for $25 = the same for shipping- Post above that says buy a good one 100 % right
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I pulled the trigger on the parrot vise. I couldn't find anyone who had anything negative to say about it. The luthier forums seem to love it. So. Hopefully soon!
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