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ronan walsh03/09/2013 01:02:35
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When i bought my tom senior universal i also bought an abwood 4" milling vice. The abwood is a little bit small for some of the jobs i have been doing and it doesn't open very wide.

Can anyone recommend a decent 5" milling vice that won't cost the earth ? i have been offered used 6" vices but they are far too big for my little machine.

Thor 🇳🇴03/09/2013 07:42:12
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Hi Ronan,

RDG have Vertex vices in several sizes. My experience with Vertex is good, reasonable price an Ok quality. Arc have "screwless vices" in several sizes.


ronan walsh03/09/2013 21:04:46
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Thanks for the replies, i had considered the vertex ones, didn't know what to expect quality wise though. Might give one a go.

Scottmk103/09/2013 21:33:01
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I recently got one of Arc Euro Trades screwless vices, it is excellent value for money. Its well made and works very well.

ronan walsh03/09/2013 23:15:25
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Hmmmm, those screwless vices look interesting. How do they measure up for squareness, jaw parallelism, quality of machining etc ? Not expecting high end swiss engineering for that money, but i don't want to settle for junk either.

Thor 🇳🇴04/09/2013 06:40:23
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Hi Ronan,

I have a Vertex screwless vice, it is hardened and ground to close tolerances (+/- 0.005mm). It comes in a plastic box with an allen key (hex key). I had to make clamps to clamp the vice to the milling table, LMS has a drawing and description of how to make them. Where I live a screwless vice is less expensive than a Kurt clone and I am very pleased with mine. As said above, "excellent value for money".


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