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post #21 of 28 Old 08-21-2012, 01:14 PM
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Don't hold back DB. You're among friends.

Tell us how you really feel about non quick release vices. Laughing.

Thanks for the link.

That vice is $25.00 cheaper than what I was willing to spend.

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I bought the 10" Harbor Freight vice the other day. I think they are discontinuing them. I'll let you know if it's any good after I get it installed. One thing I've already done is to drill the mounting holes larger. I couldn't find 3/16" bolts anywhere and that seemed too wimpy anyways. I drilled them to 5/16". Hopefully the fact that I couldn't drill them entirely straight won't cause huge problems.

The 9" vise sounds good. They don't have it at any of the HFs in my area.
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I installed the 10" Harbor Freight vice and used some scrap hemlock for the jaws. It seems fine. A little creaky and a bit wobbly when open but it seems solid enough. The metal handle isn't nearly as pleasant to use as a large wooden one, but it works. According to the e-mail I got from HF it's on sale for 25 bucks now.
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You can use the "extra 20% off for orders over $100" coupon and get it down to $20.50, but you need to buy more stuff to get over $100, or buy 5 of them :) My HF allows you to stack coupons, not all of them do.

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$30 to $40 through Craigslist will get you a vise that would sell for $125 plus new. And they are no more worn after 50 years than when first purchased. Paint all over them perhaps but otherwise okay. Check for cracks and that the jaws line up and jaws touch at the top first.
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Old thread, I know but...

I know this is an old thread, but to anyone else that stumbles across it. The HF vise doesn't have an acme screw, so it works its way loose (personal experience). Northern Tool has a great cheap one that I replaced my HF vise with ($34.97) that does have an acme screw. I love it. It's cheap and holds well. FWIW. I've been using the heck out of it to build rifle stocks and so far so good.
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Great info, I've been researching vises for the same reason 200 seemed a little steep. I'lllook into the northern tool one.

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