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Best Bench Vise Reviews

If you are looking for the best bench vise, there are several things to look out for. The most popular and usually the more affordable type for metal working is what is called the mechanic’s vise, or a general purpose vise. These are made of a lower grade cast iron compared to the more expensive and precisely machined machinist’s vise. Though less accurately made they can also last for a very long time and they usually come with an anvil area and swivels which increases their functions. The following are three such vises and their reviews.
 

What is the Best Bench Vise to buy in 2017?

Wilton 11104 Wilton Bench Vise, Jaw Width 4-Inch, Jaw Opening 4-Inch

Wilton 11104 Wilton Bench Vise, Jaw Width 4-Inch, Jaw Opening 4-Inch


 
 
Wilton is a popular American vise brand and the positive reviews reflect that popularity. This bench vise has a jaw width of 4 in. and a jaw opening of 4 in. which is enough for most workshop applications. It is made of steel and also has an extra large hammering area and swivel base.
 
Most reviewers come to the conclusion that this vise is a solid piece of hardware. They like the large anvil area behind the static jaw, and the opening and closing operation of the jaw is smooth. Strength wise reviewers find it more than adequate for various jobs from clamping mower blades to rifle barrels and pipes. Few reviewers have broken theirs after a few years of use, but that’s what the lifetime warranty is for.
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Bessey BVHW45 Homeowners Bench Vise

Bessey BVHW45 Homeowners Bench Vise


 
 
The BVHW45 has a 4.5 in. jaw width and opening with a compact overall size. The swivel base allows 270 degrees of rotation, and a hammering area is available. This vise is one of the cheapest money can get, and for many reviewers that is a good thing. While other more hardcore users find it a little too good to be true, and has proven themselves.
 
This vise receives a mixed bag of reviews. It is after all a very cheap bench vise. Some of the negative comments include rough jaw operation, rough finish, and poor casting of some parts. Many other reviewers were more forgiving and accept it as a light duty bench vise, where no heavy hammering and high torque wrenching are involved.
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Pony 13025 3-Inch Light Duty Clamp On Vise

Pony 13025 3-Inch Light Duty Clamp On Vise


 
 
Advertised as a light duty clamp-on vise, it is compact and has a jaw opening of just 2.5 inches and can be attached to surfaces up to 2 inches thick. Light duty and portable vices work very well in situations such as interior house work where industrial vises aren’t necessary, and moving and setting up a clamp-on takes only seconds saving valuable time, effort and cost.
 
Overall this vise receives positive reviews. It does not have the precision build that more expensive vises have, but reviewers say for the work that it is intended to do the amount of precision it has is adequate. The product description did fool some reviewers into thinking that it has serrated clamping surface, however it does not. Some reviewers did like the smooth painted clamp surface, which is good for clamping wood without needing extra padding.
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Buying the Best Bench Vise

Though vises are not the most technical of tools, they can be costly if not chosen properly. All three vises cater to different needs and what works for some may not for others. These vises are not for true manufacturing purposes, however they will do well with any home or shop owner for general purpose use. If you are interested in something with a lifetime warranty and overall good build quality and performance, the Wilton is the best bench vise to own for a little more than the cheaper alternative. Those with a tight budget, you will struggle finding a decent lasting vise, but the Bessey might do the trick if you know how to handle it. The small Pony vise speaks for itself. Summing it all up, all three vises perform fairly well in their respective price range.

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