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Mill Vise

Discussion in 'ASIAN LATHES & MILLS' started by ironhorse18, Mar 26, 2017.

  1. ironhorse18

    ironhorse18 United States Iron Registered Member

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    I have a Pro Cut 30" round column mill. At this time I only have a cheap Lowes vise on it. Being retired $$$$ is an issue. I need a decent 4" vise to firmly secure some stock. A Kurt or some other name brands can be crazy expensive. Does anyone have an suggestions for a good vise at a reasonably price? Somewhere around $200.00.

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    Have you considered one of these? http://www.palmgren.com/product/387/Standard-Drill-Press-Vises

    I have a smaller one that required a bit of cleaning up in the way of general deburring and scraping the bottom flat and square, but hardly a day goes by that it's not used in some capacity in my shop. I've found it to be an excellent vise for the money!
     
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    T Bredehoft Active User H-M Supporter-Premium

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    I have what to me is an adequate four inch vice I purchased with my PM25 from Matt, for about US $80.00. It's not high quality, but It does have the downward pressure on clamp function and comes with a (useless) swivel base.
     
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    I previously struggled with what I would call a drill press vise that came with my 3in1 machine. I bought a milling vise from Grizzly which is not the best compared to some but still is light years better than what I had.
     
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    If money is really an issue (it is for all of us, no?) then why not just buy an import 4" screwless vise? They are accurate, not that cumbersome to use, work well and are cheap. Then you can save for a good machine vise when you stumble upon a good deal. I own a 4" Kurt and its a good vise, but so is my 4" screwless vise and it is potentially just as, if not more, accurate than the Kurt.
     
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    Another vote for a screwless vise. Check out this video by Stefan Gotteswinter. That's what he primarily uses for his RF45 style mill.

     
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    Really enjoyed that video. I have a little Wilton screwless vise that I really like and I'll put it up against my Kurt any day.
     

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