Mastercraft 6-in. Woodworker Vise
You absolutely cannot beat the price on this vise. It's a well built unit and comes in very handy. It's versatile and perfect for the occasional woodworking or seasoned vet.
August 3, 2012
Not a typical bench vise
This is a nice little top-mounting, portable vise. Just don't be thinking it's a typical steel bench woodworking vise, even though it looks exactly like one.
If you want a vise you can mount on the front, or side, of your workbench, so that only the lever and jaws are visible, and the gear/screw mechanism will be under the working surface when installed (like a typical woodworker's bench vise), look elsewhere, try Lee Valley. Nothing on the CT website says this vise is portable or top mounting. I bought it over the phone, and my wife picked it up for me, otherwise I might not have purchased it (it says portable on the box). But on sale for $20, it's a keeper.
March 11, 2012
Great for the price!
Had mine for 3 years now.... very handy and durable for small projects. If you get it on sale its a real bargain!
July 31, 2011
Great portable clamp, useful for light duty work
This vise comes with a clamp that will let you attach it to a board up to two inches thick. Because itâ€™s portable you will find yourself setting up this clamp on the work site. If you are sharpening a mower blade, youâ€™ll set this up on a shelf in the garden shed and not have to haul the blade to the workshop. If you are building shelves in the basement, you can clamp the vise to a sawhorse and saw a shelf in the basement. Iâ€™ve even attached to my car bumper so I could copper pipe.
This is a light to medium duty vise. You can quickly clamp it to a workbench for light duty projects like holding a model plane for painting, angle grinding small sheet metal pieces, or using it to hold a belt sander upside down to shape small pieces of wood. If you do heavier duty work, you can screw or bolt the unit to a workbench top and it will firmly hold a board for accurate sawing, hammering, or drilling.
Donâ€™t expect to use this for really heavy duty work like bending a horseshoe or hammering away on sheet metal.
The vise comes out of the package oily, but you can quickly clean it up with CLR or vinegar. If you mainly work with wood, Iâ€™d install 1/4 inch plywood to the inside of the jaws so you donâ€™t mark up your projects when you really tighten up the clamps. Youâ€™ll be able to work on wood up to 4 inches wide.
February 25, 2011
Excellent multipurpose vise
Mounted this on a small workbench, and by adding my own wood (easily bolted on) sleeves it works great with anything I've had to clamp.
December 29, 2009
its a good vise so i cant say any bad
its a good vise so i cant say any thing bad but hullo woodworkers just buy a mount on top they are way better like this is good performance does what it supost to but i like mount on better
December 16, 2008
Good for small bench
I built a 6X4 bench and reinforced either side for this vise. I like it's ease of switching and is fairly versatile. It's not much for pinning steel, especially when torquing, but it is a good overall vise. And much cheaper now since I bought it a few years ago.
December 4, 2008
Solid Vise at a nice price
This unit is simple and does the job. Often on sale, the only negative I have at all is similar to one of the earlier posts that the product arrives oily but that can be taken care of with a quick cleanup.
September 19, 2008
A good vice
I bought this on sale and it was well worth the money. It was my first wwing vice and it does the job, however it does distort if an item is clamped and not placed in the full width of the vice. No big deal as many vices do that.
September 8, 2008
after getting hernia attaching it .. be careful and probably have a helper help you attach it... solid vise a little oily out of the packing, but got the vise on sale, and my only complaint is that I only got one :(
November 9, 2007
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