I bought the $86 Lee Valley front vise just before summer. As I was
bolting onto my new bench, I got a catalog from Lee Valley showing the
recently introduced Quick Release model of the same vise. $125. It
looks just like the Record. Since I'm a hobbyist, i didn't want to
return my other vise and cough up an extra $40 for a feature that just
isn't that important to me.
The single screw LV vises are made in Europe. It weighs 28 pounds, so
compared to other brands out there, it has the mass and strength. Not
sure if and how bad it racks.