Vertical Bench Vise
This heavy duty vise mounted on a sturdy work surface gives you a solid base to hold forming tools: Holds bracelet mandrels, ring mandrels, even dapping tools vertically solid for heavy almost anvil-like hammering. The 3-1/2" by 3-1/2" jaws have 2 grooves: one running back and forth-the other side to side, allowing stakes and mandrels to lock and to be mounted in either direction. Crazy Strong for such a small footprint
Maximum jaw opening is 1-3/4"
The C-clamp mount opens to accommodate up to a 2 1/4" benchtop
C-clamp is easily removed for direct bench mounting.
T-bar slides out of the way for safe hammering.
Can be mounted to your workbench by using the integrated C-Clamp or bolted directly to the surface using the four holes in the corners (no bolts included). Constructed of solid steel. Made in India.
Ratings & Reviews
by Tom V
The basic idea is great - a regular vise isn't the tool of choice for holding a mandrel horizontally. Also, being able to clamp it to the bench top means I'm not committing surface area when not in use. Don't worry about sturdiness - that clamp holds it to the benchtop very firmly, if you tighten it hard enough.
<br>Still, I can't give it the highest marks. The clamp that holds it to a benchtop comes off easily, if permanent mounting suits you. But, when I got this vise, the bolts that hold the clamp to the vise base didn't hold. The ends of the bolts had been chamfered to mate with threaded holes, but the chamfer cut back so much of the thread that one bolt didn't engage at all. The second bolt was chamfered the same way, sout I doubt that much was holding things together. The supplier (not Frei) replaced the bolts and got me working. After two other small snags, it does the job.
<br>A very helpful tool - but setup took a lot more fussing than I expected.