Wilton Tradesman 1755 Vise Hands-On Review: Bench Vs. Multi Purpose
The following are some of the most common questions asked by customers when they buy a new bench vise or multi purpose vise. You will see that there is no right answer here; it all depends on your budget, needs, and personal preferences.
What type of bench vise do I need?
There are two types of benches available: the traditional bench and the multi-purpose bench. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. A traditional bench is made from solid wood with a large base. These are used primarily for heavy duty work such as cabinetmaking and furniture making. They usually cost less than a multi-purpose bench because they require fewer materials to build and maintain. However, they may not fit into every room of your home so they’re typically only suitable for smaller spaces. Traditional benches are heavier and take longer to set up compared to multi-purpose ones.
On the other hand, multi-purpose benches are very versatile. You can use them to work on smaller projects such as model making, jewelry making, and electronics repair. They are also smaller, lighter, and less expensive compared to traditional ones. However, they can’t handle large jobs like building furniture so they’re not suitable for professional use.
What is a vise used for?
Vises are used to secure work pieces for machining, woodworking, metalworking, and more. They have two pairs of jaws (one on top and one on the bottom) that can be opened and closed by turning the screw located at the front. The screw is usually turned by a lever or a wheel attached to it. It has the following parts:
The body is the main housing of the vise. It is made from cast iron and holds all the other parts in place. The body also provides the vise with its stability and strength.
The base is a large flat plate (usually rectangular) where the bench or table is bolted to. It provides extra support and prevents the vise from moving around when force is applied to it.
The cap is a metal ring that is placed on top of the base before the body is bolted to it. It prevents the bolt from going all the way through the base and keeps the vise stable.
The screw is what you turn to open and close the vise’s jaws. The handle is located on the top and bottom of the vise. If it has one, a quick release mechanism makes it easier to switch between workpieces.
What are the common types of vises?
There are several types of vises available with each being better suited for certain tasks. They are:
The Woodworking Vise is used to hold the wood in place so that you can work it. They have a flat base with a padded upper jaw and a movable lower one. Some woodworking vises have integrated storage for small tools in the form of slots, holes, and drawers. A popular type of woodworking vise is the leg vise which has two strong legs attached to its base.
It’s permanently fixed to your workbench and provides a strong and sturdy base.
The Machining Vise is used to hold the metal in place when you’re working on it. They are similar to woodworking vises but they have a rectangular body instead of a round one. A popular type of machining vise is the Bulldog which has two flat metal bars jutting out of its base. They are used to provide extra grip on irregular shaped objects.
The Drill Press Vise is a special type of vise that only opens and closes with the help of a drill. It requires a drill to open and close it (done by turning its lever) and a regular vise jaws for securing the workpiece. It’s mainly used for drilling holes in wood, metal, and plastics.
The Mechanical Vise is used to hold the metal in place when you’re working on it. It’s a benchtop vise that has an integrated quick-release mechanism for easy operation. In other words, it has its own lever that you can use to quickly open and close the vise’s jaws. By doing this, your hands don’t need to leave the workpiece, making the whole process quicker and more efficient.
What are the common features of vises?
No matter what type of vise you get, they all share the following features:
The Opening and Closing Mechanism The most important part of any vise is how you open and close its jaws. This mechanism can take several forms but the two most common are the lever-and-post and the screw-and-nut mechanisms. In the lever-and-post mechanism, there’s a long bar that’s linked to the vise’s jaws. By moving this lever back and forth, you adjust the width of the opening.
The screw-and-nut mechanism is just like the one found on a manual car headrest: there’s a nut that you turn to secure and loosen the screw.
The Quick-Release Mechanism This mechanism comes in two varieties: push button and spring-loaded lever. The push button type is exactly as it sounds: there’s a button on the handle that, when pressed, releases the jaws. The lever version is similar but located on the side of the handle instead of on top. By pulling the lever toward you, you unlock the vise’s jaws so you can open it.
The Swivel Base This is a fairly common feature among vises. A swivel base allows the vise to spin around so you can work on projects that are longer than the workbench. Just like with your kitchen chairs, the base has a nut that you can turn to make it lock in place.
The Integrated Storage This feature isn’t as common but some vises do have storage for small tools in the form of holes, slots, and drawers.
What are the different types of jaws?
Just like with power tools, different types of vise jaws are specialized for different types of work. The two main types are parallel and crossed. The parallel type is exactly as it sounds: two steel bars that run parallel to each other in the opening and closing mechanism. The crossed type has two steel bars that cross over each other when you open and close the vise’s jaws. Each one is good at gripping a specific material.
Parallel Jaws: The parallel jaws are great for gripping flat objects such as metal and wood. They’re not so good at working with round objects.
Crossed Jaws: The crossed jaws are the opposite: they work great with round objects but are poor at gripping flat ones.
What types of materials are vises made out of?
The main types of material that vises are made out of are plastic, cast iron, and forged steel.
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