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New vice, good choice?

Screwless milling vice

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geoff walker 111/06/2019 14:24:08
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Hi All,

Well after much indecision I finally bought the new milling vice and settled on a screwless type shown in the photo.


Have to say I wasn't sure about this type of vice but there have been some positive reviews on here so I took the plunge and bought one.

Initial impressions are very good. A good size for the SX2P, it takes a little time getting used to the procedures for adjustment and tightening but once you do it's really simple to use. This one has a 63 mm wide jaw and 1/4 turn of the 6mm. allen key gives a powerful grip on the work with no jaw lift.

It's similar to the ones sold by arc, and a bit more expensive. The relief at either end, is a feature I liked and which makes for an easy longitudinal setting on the table. It came from Germany, but was made in china, like many are!


David George 111/06/2019 15:47:58
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I have a similar vice I made when at work. Absolutely solid and dead square you can remove a job and replace it with no problems of position etc. I have a small step in the top of the jaws to hold thin pieces.


Nick Hulme11/06/2019 16:53:07
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A vice of this form was the first which allowed me to machine work square.

I tried many cheaper models first, it would have saved me money to buy a more expensive vice first! :D

old mart11/06/2019 17:37:08
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There is one of these included in the tools and machinery left to the museum in a will, along with some nice vee blocks and parallels. I haven't had time to unpack them yet. They will be added to our tooling goodies.

David George 111/06/2019 17:59:44
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My vice is about 40 year old but never reground it and it's still flat and square.


Thor11/06/2019 18:00:14
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I have got two screwless vices and are very satisfied with mine. They are not to large for my milling machine.


geoff walker 111/06/2019 18:38:57
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Hi Thor,

That's another thing that I found attractive the compact design.

A vice with a long screw would take up more or less the full length of the milling table.

I have a big chunky aero engine body to machine. This vice will be A1 for the job.

David, your vice, very nice work. I assume it was made during your time as an apprentice.


Howard Lewis11/06/2019 21:19:36
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Ah! Have just made one,

Intended to fit onto the Adept No.2 Shaper that has recently come onto the inventory

Made because of the reports of the lack of jaw lift..


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