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.
This is a really excellent product. It is sturdy and well made with high quality materials. My husband absolutely loves it and uses it all the time.
Excellent 6" vise! Perfect size for automotive repair! Strong jaws! Large capacity!
I was impressed with the sturdiness and heft that the vise had when I received it... was expecting something a little less quality, so I was pleasantly surprised. It seems quite strong and decent quality. I like the adjustments and how they work. Also has a spot for pounding things - always a helpful thing to have.
This thing is heavy, easy to mount. Only had it for 2 weeks but so far so good. Apparently the real test will be over time to see if it fails as some other reviews have stated.
this tool handles the job it was purchased for
This looks like a nice big vise at first, but upon further inspection you see how low quality it really is. The pipe opening section is so poorly cast that there is no way to hold a pipe and would cut your hand. Very poor quality control, if there actually is any. That was fixed with some files since the vise material is so soft. I noticed the vise jaws have a large gap on one part where the jaw attaches. I placed a roll pin in the vise and the jaw started to crack. I could see if I had torqued it down, but I just barely closed the vise enough to hold it. Very soft metal! Since buying a house to renovate, I have purchased a bunch of stuff from Sears lately and it has all been low quality with issues. This is not a heavy duty vise. No matter where you shop, or what you pay, it is all the same junk from China. I no longer trust buying anything from Sears.
I love this bench vise. I have always used my dads cheap bench vise when I needed it. I was tired of driving to his house to use his vise and finally broke down and purchased the best one I could find. This vise put my dads vise to shame now I have my own and do not have to worry about it breaking. I mounted this vise to a four in block so I can take it where ever I need to whatever I need it for. I have used this vise hundreds of times in the past six months and this vise is great. The vise is actually bigger than what I was expecting; however, that makes it better because it is stronger. I am sure this vise will be with me the next thirty years. Great Product
Love this product we got from Sears! I got it for my husband who has been wanting one for a while. I got it for a GREAT price and was able to use my points to help pay for my purchase.
Decent vise for a good price.
Will be returning this tool. The vise requires too many turns before it even starts to move and clamp.
The vise feels well constructed, and the jaw size and mass are very desirable. My complaint is the single sided rotation lock. regardless of how tight you crank it down, there will still be rotational movement due to this design. Wish it had a cam on the opposite side as well.
This is not the vise that reflects the images on the website. The jaws are not as advertised. Don't expect the vertical v-grooves to be machined in them like the picture, When I lifted it out of the box, the baseplate fell to the ground (almost on my toes, I got lucky). I expected a vise to be complete and fully assembled upon purchase. One loose bolt and washer included in the box. I assume the bolt secures the vise to the baseplate, but washer doesn't even fit the bolt, and the bolt doesn't reach the threads. No manual, no parts list. Contacted Sears parts online, but apparently got a contract worker from outside the U.S. I plan on returning this, and spending the extra money to buy quality. My mistake. Keep in mind that the replacement jaws for this vise cost more than vise itself.
works well on pipes and bending flat steel
Like I said this vice is heavy and I like the built in anvil. A great vice for many projects. This thing is built to last, trust me you won't be disappointed.
This holds everything as tight as it can be held!
I read the reviews on Sears.com. Normally, I would have skipped over this vise based upon the posts of others. But it was such a good deal! Pleasant surprise, this is an excellent vise and a wonderful bargain. There are similar vises being offered online for a whole lot more. Anyway, this one is sturdy, well designed, and everything fits and works as it is supposed to fit and work. I'd highly recommend this one to a friend. Read what is posted and make your decision, but I say don't pass up this wonderful deal.
One minor complaint: No manual. It would have been nice to have some guidance toward mounting this thing, possibly a template. Still a great deal.
I didn't consider that my purchase was going to be spare parts from someone else. The bolt that binds the threaded rod on the vice to the clamping parts had been taken and a worn, slightly stripped out one tossed into the box in its place. It seems to be ok, but then it wasn't ok for someone else. I just don't want to have to unbolt it from the bench and mail it back.