I've used and abused my Craftsman 6" HD Vise for the past 10 years and it has never failed me. Initially I found too much play in the opening\closing cam action, but quickly remedied that by tightening the main swivel bolt that was 2 threads loose. Since then, this vise has helped me hand threaded 2" pipe, has supported multiple large woodworking projects for construction and assembly fabrication, drill large 1\2" plate steel and hammer into submission rebar and angled steel with my shop 5# double head sledge.
I find the 6" vise has a large opening capacity, holds objects tightly and releases with ease. It isn't designed for industrial use, but then it only comes in at 10-20% of the commercial vise $$$ market! Yep, it's easily handles all of my DIY projects and has been an Outstanding supportive unit for my homeowner construction-fabrication-maintenance needs!
The main control arm was not straight,to make the vise level reqired bolting the vise at an angle.Lastly it was not made the the U.S.A. which was not indicated on the box it came in or on the product.
What can I say other than when a friend asked for a Christmas vice why not duplicate the one I have, what can be a better testament than that. I truly love the Craftsman product, enough that when my local store closed I make the ninety mile round trip to go to the closest Seats. But I'll admit my previous order was on-line and delivered.
My husband loves it
Seems very heavy and well made
giving as a Christmas gift
Needed a larger vice to replace my 40 year old Craftsman vice (Still working). Found this one and got it on sale. Very strong and holds items securely. It's good to see that quality is still being manufactured.
My wife ordered this vise as a birthday present. When it arrived the box was destroyed and taped back together. No bid deal, I thought, its a vise inside and the box could have been damaged during shipping. So I open the box and pick the vise up, a washer hit the floor. Ok, wheres the bolt that was holding this washer on? It was inside the box. At this point I am getting aggravated. Its the bolt that hold the swivel to the vise and also holds the threaded block that opens and closes the vise. So that took me about 10 minutes to line up and put everything back together. Once all was tight I noticed the notches on the jaw were not all the way notched out. The washers on the handle are very loose and cheap. With all that said, Now it seems like a solid vise. I hope it lasts like the old ones
This was the exact type my husband wanted for Christmas. Strong and still easy to connect to the work bench. The price I paid was perfect.
This vice has proved its strength and durability in the short time I've had it at least 5x already. I had a 6 in supposedly heavy duty one that BROKE on me while fixing a chain for a kids quad...yeah what a joke. Thanks to craftsman true quality and dependability Im positive I wont go through that any more. A great price too...I paid way more for junk that broke quick with no warranty...I know better now.