On Saturday I bought a vise from J & L Industrial (good people, by the way,
and usually very good prices to boot). I paid the extra $ to get an
American-made vise from "Milwaukee." It was painted red, it said "Milwaukee
Tool & Equipment" on the side, so I thought I was buying good product.
I was not. What a piece of shit this thing is. The jaws don't clamp-up
within a quarter-inch of parallel, the pipe jaws are out of alignment in the
vertical plane, the paint job is a combination of runs, drips, and
completely missed spots, and there's so much slop in the handle you could
feed a troop train for a week with it.
I wondered why I couldn't find a vise on Milwaukee.com...I figured they were
so embarassed about the quality that they abandoned the line.
Turns out this vise is made by _this_
outfit: http://www.milwmal.com /.
Bottom line: In an earlier post on a different topic this week, I maligned
the quality of Milwaukee ELECTRIC Tool Company, the Milwaukee we all know,
calling them something like a "red Ryobi." It was an honest mistake, but a
mistake nonetheless, so apologies to them and theirs, and anyone who read my
Below the bottom line: If you ever see a vise for sale that looks like a
Milwaukee, run away...it's a piece of crap.