Just broke one of the jaw inserts in my Craftsman 5" bench vise. Out of
warranty, no replacement parts available. Was wondering what vises you folks
have had good luck with? My next one won't be a Craftsman.
Lee Valley Tools has some Record style vises. And, considering the customer
service you get from LV, I don't think you could go wrong with one of these.
I'm lucky in the respect that I picked up a used 12" original Record vise a
number of years ago. It doesn't have an integrated bench dog like many steel
vises do these days, but I know it will outlast me and several generations
that come after me.
I have 2ea 7 inch (I think) vices from Rockler don't remember the
name. But I sure use the quick release - a lot, and the little metal
stud that comes up for clamping. Whatever kind you settle on, I would
look for those features.
Hope this helps.
I think you will find Record are now part of Irwin.
Certainly advertised as such in the UK and still available under that
If you can get one you *know* you've got something that's going to last.
They make damm good vices, G and sash cramps. Their planes aren't bad
I'm just in the process of building a new bench and I got given a massive
10 1/2" Record vice (the biggest they made) which I've just been mounting.
I've got almost 14" of clear opening even with the wooden cheeks fitted.
The OP said a Craftsman bench vise. When I hear that, I think of a
utility vise like:
not a woodworking vise per se. Perhaps this should be clarified before
we suggest a replacement.
Sorry to have been away from the group for a couple of days - yes, I'm
looking for a replacement for a utility vise like the one you linked to, not
to a woodworking vise. Although I may need one of those eventually, so am
happy for the input so far. You would think that all chunks of iron might be
comparable, but the jaws on my Craftsman (out of its one year warranty -
have now learned a vise is not a hand tool - which are the only Craftsman
products with lifetime warranties) broke very easily, and have seen that a
number of others have had exactly this problem with Craftsman vises. No
replacement jaws available from Sears, but replacement jaws for other vises
cost nearly as much as this vise did in the first place.
Are you sure it is out of warranty? I was under the impression, mistaken
impression perhaps, that Craftsman tools that did not have a motor had a
life time guarantee.
Although parts are not available, they may just replace it, if the warranty
happens to be still in effect.
Funny you should ask... :)
FWW had a review of woodworking vises this past issue (June '09); I
didn't really read it but was surprised a little surprised at some of
the ones that didn't seem to rate very well...
If it's a general-purpose vise instead of woodworking you're after,
that's different of course.
As somebody else noted, if it's really Craftsman as opposed to
Companion, it's quite possible you can simply get another for nothing
more than a trip to the nearest mall.
I've had a Harbor Freight 94386 for about 10 years now. When I bought it
they were made in Taiwan, I believe they are now made in China. It is
a copy of a mid-size Record with the quick release. If you wait til it
is on sale you can probably get one for $30 or $40. The regular price
It may not have as nice a paint job as a Record but I cannot imagine the
Record working any better.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation
with the average voter. (Winston Churchill)
I'm building a small work bench for my son's birthday gift, and was
looking seriously at getting one of these from Woodcraft:
If I can find a smaller one (like your 5" one), I'll probably go with
that one, but we'll have to see.
I personally have a Wilton 7" and although I haven't used it much, it
has the quick release screw, which is pretty handy.
Aren't all "vices", by definition, bad? (sorry, couldn't resist)
Yes, you would think a vise would be a pretty easy thing to copy, and that by
discounting all Chinese-made vises as not worthy of consideration you might be
yourself out from a potential good deal. Of course, I might also assume that
direct experience with vises from all the countries he listed, and from his
concluded the ones made in China were crap. Or, I could just be sitting here
with a few
extra minutes on my hand and with nothing of real substance to say... :-)
Repeat after me:
"I am we Todd it. I am sofa king we Todd it."
Seriously, I'm interested in just what makes a good vise. I'll be
buying one soon and while I'm not about to spend $200 on a hunk-o-
iron, I would spend more than I normally would if I am convinced that
one is better than the alternatives. I've looked at HF vises and
their prices aren't anything special, certainly not good enough to
have one shipped to me.
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