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556416 - Bench/Drill Pr Vise

Quick-Acting Combination Bench and Drill Press Vise

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Name: BillW
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Submitted on: 2016-11-16
Rating: 1 out of 5
It is the worst accessory I have ever purchased. It will not stay tight. The thread slips when you try to tighten the jaws making it useless. It has something to do with the quick release causing the slippage. It is useless as a vice because you can't get it to stay tight...not even as good as pliers!
Name: Albert R
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Submitted on: 2015-10-07
Rating: 4 out of 5
I was disappointed in the awkward jerky-jerky movement when I tried to adjust the movable jaw in the vise. I examined the ways closely and realized that they are powder coated instead of being chrome plated. I wiped paste floor wax on them leaving a very thin layer of protective lubricant that smoothed out the motion entirely. Powder coat is a plastic material that metal edges such as in the movable jaw tent to bite into rather than slide over. I have an old Mark V 500 unit. The instructions here suggest using clamps through the blade slot in the saw table to secure the vise. I think this would make the vise very difficult to adjust and lock in position. I bought two 7/16 x 1 1/2" carriage bolts instead. I also bought large wing nuts and washers. I put a carriage bolt in the slot on either side of the vise and secure it using the washer and wing nut from underneath the table. This works like a charm! Shop smith should consider changing its advice on how to secure the vise on a model 500 table. All-in-all, as a result of my own ingenuity, I am quite happy with my purchase.
Name: DFletch
Location: The Triangle, NC
Submitted on: 2015-08-21
Rating: 4 out of 5
If you do anything with your Shopsmith in drill press mode you really need to consider getting the vise. While the action is not quite as smooth as I would have expected (perhaps it will smooth out with more use), it works well and exactly as advertised. It has a nice solid frame for hard clamping without flexing. It clamps firmly, is very adjustable and the quick release is really handy for clamping wider pieces. I wish I'd gotten it sooner!

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