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11-24-2017 07:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: vise yost woodworking vise front vise quick release

I’ve been looking for a vise and wonder if anyone has any experience with the yost vise.

This vise seems very similar to the eclipse vise

and the lee valley

The yost vise is $80 cheaper than eclipse and $110 less than lee valley. Does the yost vise seem like a good choice and if not, what do you recommend?

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#1 posted 11-24-2017 08:38 PM

I can’t speak to the function of the vises, but Yost has fantastic customer service. Check my reviews for my experience with their clamps. I’d not hesitate for a second to buy from them.

I’d also recommend quick release vises for woodworking uses. After using a quick release, I find all non-quick release vises to be an incredible pain in the butt. I believe Yost makes a quick release vise as well.

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#2 posted 11-24-2017 09:02 PM

The vise in the picture is a quick release.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#3 posted 11-24-2017 10:17 PM

I have the Yost 9”. I haven’t had it very long, but I am very happy with it so far. The quick-release works well.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#4 posted 11-24-2017 11:19 PM

I just bought the 10 1/2” Lee Valley vise. Item C in the photo. $195 and got the free shipping deal.
I have bought quite a bit from Lee valley so kind of a go to trusted store for me. However, if I
had seen the Yost vise while I was shopping I may have bought it.
Amazon has the Yost 10” vise for $119.72. A $75.28 savings over the LV vise .
They pretty much look like the same vise too.
And Amazon has the free shipping deal.
DAMIT! I just wasted $75,41659

-- John

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#5 posted 11-24-2017 11:33 PM

Buy the cheap one and hope for the best. Sometimes it works out sometimes not.

Lee Valley has excellent CS too

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#6 posted 11-24-2017 11:56 PM

Think I’m going to pull the trigger on the 9” yost vise, $64 total. Seems like all the vises are very very similar.

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#7 posted 11-25-2017 04:43 AM

The yost quick release vise looks identical to the Shop Fox vise I bought a few years ago. I am very happy with it. I think a I paid about $70 for it so the Yost looks like a better price. I am sure ther are nicer vises out ther but this one works pretty well.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#8 posted 11-25-2017 12:16 PM

Yost is another “trigger release vice.” The pawls inside the unlock mechanism are less robust than the “double twist” type and fail sooner especially if you really crank on them.
I have a 40 yr old Kendo that was a Japanese clone of the Jorgenson design. Twist type. still working.

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#9 posted 11-25-2017 12:22 PM

One thing that really becomes a pain over time is whether or not the stop will retract totally into the face of the vise.

Notice that the Eclipse has a shorter slot for the thumbscrew, which leads me to believe that the stop will not totally drop into the body. The Yost has a deeper slot, which looks like it will let the stop totally retract.

I have two, (can’t remember the names), both rather cheap, and one does not retract totally and I find myself clipping it with items from time to time.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#10 posted 11-25-2017 03:18 PM

Buy the cheap one and hope for the best. Sometimes it works out sometimes not.

Lee Valley has excellent CS too

- AlaskaGuy

I just ordered the 7” Yost for $39 on Amazon, I guess I will find out.

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#11 posted 02-19-2018 01:55 AM

wondering how you made out with the Yost ? I am presently in the same dilemma LV or the Yost from amazon

-- Angus- 'live the life you imagined'

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#12 posted 02-20-2018 12:11 AM

I haven’t made the bench to put on yet, I just couldn’t resist the price.

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#13 posted 02-20-2018 04:07 AM

I too have yet to make the bench but the vise seems well made. The price was right $65. The yost 9” is now $142 on Amazon. Used a website camelcamelcamel to set a price alert.

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#14 posted 02-21-2018 02:18 PM

It might just be saw dust accumulating in the dog slot.
Ralph from “accidental woodworker” had the same problem wit a Lee Valley vise.
But as he doesn’t use the vise dog, he has put a bit of blue tape above it to prevent sawdust getting in the slot. No complaints since.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#15 posted 02-21-2018 02:21 PM

Well a VICE I have always like is Drinking..


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