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Forum topic by jonthefellow posted 12-04-2017 08:29 PM 882 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2017 08:29 PM

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I’ve been scouring my local craigslist to see what deals are to be had on a front-mount bench vise for woodwork. I would really rather buy used and restore if necessary, but I’m willing to buy new if none of these are up to par. Problem is, I’m not entirely sure what I’m looking at (I’ve been clamping all my work to my table saw wings). Could anyone shed light on the following listings?

Howe and Foy (can’t find anything online about this) – bonus table on wheels

USA-made Craftsman (probably made by Columbian)

thanks all.

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#1 posted 12-04-2017 08:55 PM

Of those two, I’d get the second one, but neither is a quick release vise. I’d really never bother with a non-quick-release vise. Way, way too much hassle to have to crank it open and closed all the time, versus just giving it a push or pull into position and then a half turn to tighten it down.

Check out Yost’s quick release woodworking vises on Amazon. One of them was on sale last week for a very reasonable price.

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#2 posted 12-04-2017 08:57 PM

A front face vise like that is fine. I would take the Craftsman over the Howe and Foy since it has the pop up dog that could be used with dogs on the workbench to clamp work down. I can’t tell if the craftsman is a quick release or not. You could certainly ask the seller. It also depends on how far away you’re willing to drive to get a vise. You can also check Ebay for a vintage “woodworking quick release vise”. Here is a listing that looks pretty good and all it needs is a light cleaning, coat of paint and handle. You could probably find cheaper if you look around and also if you’re willing to do more work to restore.

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#3 posted 12-04-2017 09:03 PM

I have a leg vise and don’t see a huge advantage to having ‘quick release’ in daily use… I mostly work stock that is 1” in thickness or less, so turning a handle a few times isn’t a bother.

Between the two, I’d pick the Craftsman for the dog Maxhall mentioned. That price is in line as well; I sold one like it for $60 plus shipping several years ago.

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