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Re: OT: a pleasant surprise in a metal vise

david weaver
I have seen the harbor freight vises they're showing in person, and for the price, I suppose they're not bad, but they are rough as a cob. The cast 55 anvil is practically famous - it's good as a surface as long as you don't use it as an anvil.

I generally buy old to avoid guessing which foreign stuff is junk with a brand on it and which is reasonably well made, but bigger vises are just way too popular for me to do that - I was surprised by how much they bring, but I guess it makes sense. it's the age of the white collar hands-on hobbyist and there's too many potential buyers for a bench vise. toolmaker wannabes, blacksmith wannabes, mechanic wannabes, etc. Many of the old ones are welded, too, from someone abusing them. The old ones have unmatched style, though.

http://www.benchvisejaws.com/millscott-13-jaws-1480-lbs/

(not that that one is typical).

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