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Time to pick up a vise and would like to cap it at $500. How would something like the below options do? Mounted to a heavy bench attached to the wall.



$479

Features + Benefits
Strong, ductile iron main casings are guaranteed against defects in workmanship and materials
Replaceable jaw inserts
Generous ground/polished anvil
Swivel base rotates 360° and gear lock bolt ensures positive locking against slippage
Key Specs
Item# 23018
Manufacturer's Warranty Lifetime Limited Warranty
Ship Weight 45.18 lbs
Jaw Width (in.) 4
Jaw Capacity (in.) 6
Replaceable Jaw Yes, serrated
Pipe Jaw No
Double Lock-Downs Yes
360° Swivel Base Yes
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200483586_200483586




$499

Features + Benefits
Features for Yost Heavy-Duty Industrial Machinist Bench Vise — Stationary Base, 5in. Jaw Width, Model# 105
65,000 PSI tensile ductile iron body parts
Furnished with machined flat base for easy mounting
No-pinch main screw handle
Replaceable hardened steel serrated jaws
Continuous rolled thread on main screw
Conforms to Fed. Spec. GGG-V-410B Type VI Class 1
Key Specs
Item# 19254
Manufacturer's Warranty Lifetime Limited Warranty
Ship Weight 75.0 lbs
Jaw Width (in.) 5
Jaw Depth (in.) 5
Jaw Capacity (in.) 8
Replaceable Jaw Yes
Pipe Jaw No
Double Lock-Downs No
360° Swivel Base No
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200463892_200463892

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Both good names. At that price point, the choices are more than hobbiest vices. If a swivel base is important then the Columbian is the choice. Believe the Yost is a slightly stronger part.
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GEEZ!! I didn't know there were $500 vises. My old vise cost me $30 years ago. Has swivel base (very handy), a hammering surface and removable jaw pieces. Holy Crap! $500, really?
 

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Don't overlook the used market. The older US made vises can be a very good buy, Wilton brand comes to mind. The vise I use daily is probably close to 100 years old and is much better than a new Chinese made one.
 

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Wasn't aware that was a Wilton. Didn't click the link, just went by the pic. My bad.

You'll probably do alright with 4 inch jaws for pistol work. 75 pounds is good too.
No worries.

It's basically:
75 lbs vs 45 lbs
5 inch vs 4 inch
Fixed vs Swivel

I'm leaving towards the Wilton for the swivel capability.
 

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If you’re not in a hurry, keep checking your local Craig’s list. Took me about 2 months but I found an almost new Wilton 6” for under $75.00.
 

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Just for fun I checked 3 C/L sites within 250 miles of me and found more than a dozen vises 4" or larger. Craftsman, Wilton and Rock Island were some of the makers. Many under $100, All under $400.
 

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Just for fun I checked 3 C/L sites within 250 miles of me and found more than a dozen vises 4" or larger. Craftsman, Wilton and Rock Island were some of the makers. Many under $100, All under $400.
Best I came up with was this Wilton for $350, which has already sold.

 

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Try hitting up some garage sales or flea markets. I picked up a beast of Wilton vice at a large flee market quite a few years ago. It was a little beat-up looking, but I took a wire wheel to it, sprayed on a coat of primer, followed with a heavy coat of crinkle black engine enamel paint, put in the sun for awhile and it turned out nice.
 

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Wilton 69999 at Northern Tools. 5 inch, swivel and rotating. Not monster, not made here, but just fine for hobbyist. If your working on auto, truck, tank, train it is too light. You can have it and 5 different jaws for under $500. I wanted the monster made in USA, and I will get one, but wanted my bench in service first. The USA Wilton that rotate are pricy and huge.
 

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Geez. I feel foolish for buying a 5" swivel vice at Sears years ago, for a tenth of the OP's budget. I did blow five bucks on a set of non-marring jaws and another five on some leather scraps, but I'm beginning to wonder how I could even think of doing good work with it.



Though I do...



Jeff
 
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