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Dr.D 10-16-2009 04:11 PM

Vise Question/Concern
Recently, I purchased a 7" Groz Rapid Action Vise. After installing it, I noticed that the two clamping surfaces do not come together flush, these surfaces are slightly toed so that they meet along the top edge,leaving about a 3/16" gap at the bottom. My first thought was some sort of manufacturing defect, but after taking it back to Woodcrafters, who were very helpful, I discovered that all Groz models do the same. Groz vises are made to toe-in along the top for greater clamping pressure. It seems to me, however, that this condition creates a greater possibility of damaging materials in the vise. It would seem preferable to have two flush surfaces that can distribute the clamping force across a larger surface rather than concetrate that force along the top edge. That said, I do plan to put hardwood blocks along both surfaces, but I still have doubts that the toed surfaces are a good design feature.

phinds 10-16-2009 05:33 PM

I agree w/ you that the toed design is not a great idea, but since we all (I THINK it's all) use blocks anyway, it's not too big a deal.

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