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    Default Advise pls - Bench vice

    I am in the market for a bench vise.
    General purpose DIY work but my son is getting into knife making so should be suitable for that as well.
    There is a huge range of vices available and prices are just as wide apart.
    Light and heavy duty, engineering or mechanics vice, 100mm 150mm 200mm, fixed and swivel base, with and without anvil, steel or iron or malleable iron, etc.

    I have decided on 100mm swivel base with small anvil surface for now (maybe 150mm if price is right) BUT ....

    1) what is the diffs between heavy and light duty - do I bother about this
    2) engineering vs mechanics vise - what is the diffs does it matter
    3) steel, iron, malleable iron - what#@!$??

    your input pls.
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    We are in the "medium" manufacturing, and the best vices are steel welded ones. Depending on your budget I would buy Record as no1 choice, alternatively we have purchased a Groz (think builders stock or used to stock them) lasted pretty well.

    Most steel engineering vices looking like one is above links should be decent for home. I would steer clear of cast(rounded shape)iron ones.

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    I would get the engineering vice. If you use a hammer on it it wont crack like a grey cast iron vice could. Also the jaws are harder than the mechanics vice jaws.

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    Keep away from swivel vices. I have yet to find one that has lasted. Go 1 size bigger than what you think you need, Record has done well in many heavy duty applications and there are spare jaws available. Make aluminium sleeves to fit over the jaws to prevent damage to finished surfaces.
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    If cost is not an issue here is the Mercedes of bench vises: https://www.heuer.de/en/

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    Somewhere during its lifetime someone will clamp something in there an smack it with a big hammer.... until they succeed with what they wanted to do, or the vice fails.

    Don't buy anything fancy.

    As mentioned above : Record. One size bigger.
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    Default Re: Advise pls - Bench vice

    Quote Originally Posted by KobusDJ View Post
    Somewhere during its lifetime someone will clamp something in there an smack it with a big hammer.... until they succeed with what they wanted to do, or the vice fails.
    Don't buy anything fancy.
    As mentioned above : Record. One size bigger.
    Yip, I have seen an anvil broken in half.....
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