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Craftsman 6 in. Bench Vise
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Craftsman 6 in. Bench Vise

Item# 00951856000P | Model# 51856 | Added on May 13, 2010 | Seller:
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Get a Great Grip with 6-Inch Bench Vise
Craftsman 6-inch bench vise is constructed with heavy duty precision-machined anvil to deliver incredible strength for gripping all kinds of objects. Whether you are working with wood or metal, the Instant Acton vise screw opens and closely quickly, and the bench vise base swivels 180 degrees to give you the best work angle. The bench vise has V-grooves for extra firm gripping. The maximum opening is 6-3/4 inches and can hold large pipes or up to three 2x4s.
The 6-inch bench vise grip has reversible jaw faces that are serrated on one side, smooth on the other for no-mar gripping. The bench vise features angular lock nuts and a long lock nut handle for easy use. This incredibly strong bench vise will be an essential piece of shop equipment that you'll use all the time to get the job done.

  • Craftsman 6-inch bench vise features heavy duty machine precision construction for incredible strength while gripping
  • Bench vise is suitable for working with wood and metal objects
  • The Instant Action vise screw lets you open and close the vise quickly
  • The vise base swivels 180 degrees to get a good angle in tight spaces
  • V-grooves provide extra gripping strength
  • Maximum opening is 6-3/4 inches
  • Reversible jaw faces are serrated on one side, smooth on the other
  • Angular lock nuts and long lock nut handle
  • Craftsman quality workmanship and materials
  • One-year guarantee
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by Theo98
October 25th, 2010
Craftsman 6" Bench Vise-Workhorse!

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! 

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by jpritts00
February 11th, 2009
Piece of junk

Got this vise for Christmas, used it twice. I put a heavy duty bolt with lock nut on it in the vise and tightened it down. First the jaw snapped in half so I moved the bolt to the other half for a good grip, this time it held until I started to pull on the breaker bar. After a couple of tugs on the breaker bar, the vise actually broke in half! I guess I am closer to superman than I thought. I would never recommend this product to any of my friends and will be looking for a better quality product.

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Jaw face plate issue


Bought this 6" Craftsman vise on Jan 31, 2014 and received the vise in good shape on Feb 5, 2014. Love the size and features.

Didn't try to reverse the jaw face plates until Jan 30, 2015, and found that two of the face plate hex screws were impossible to remove, even with a good quality hex key. Also, the other two screws were very hard to remove, and had some type of sticky goo in the threads that made removal difficult. Because the vise was still under warranty, I took it back to the local Sears store, and they couldn't remove the screws either. Kindly, they replaced the whole vise with a new one. But, before leaving the store, I tried removing the face plate screws on the new vise, and only one of four could be removed by me or by the store personnel.

Took the new vise home anyway, and finally found a way to remove the screws by hammering an impact tool T-20 Torx bit into the hex hole in the screw head, such that the star points of the Torx bit matched the points of the hexagonal hole in the screw, and only then could I generate enough force to remove the screws by using a wrench to twist the Torx bit. I cleaned the screw threads and used penetrating oil to dissolve the remaining goo, and now the screws can be inserted and removed easily using a hex key.

I'm guessing the manufacturer never got the memo about "reversible" and "replaceable" jaw face plates.

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Great Vise


After reading other reviews seeing the bad and the good from this I went ahead and bought it anyways. I use it a couple times a week and so far it has been great and has held up to all the stress I have put it through. I mainly do woodworking and random home improvement projects where I am not putting the vise under lots of pressure and hitting on anything I have locked down. If you were to use it as I do you would not regret buying this vise.

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Gave as a gift


Our son loves this. He said it is strong.

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Very bright! Great versatility with the magnet and the hook!

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very nice

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purchased as a gift, person receiving is very happy with it, prefers craftsman tools, thinks they hold up to heavy use and do the job expected.

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Great for the Price!!!


I Only Buy Craftsman! No other tool has the quality and warranty!

November 28th, 2014 via
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Great product


This is a great value for the money. While it may not hold up in a professional welding shop, it should last a long time in a home shop. I highly recommend.

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Bob Donaldson
November 5th, 2014

Heavy Duty


Hard core crushing power!!!

October 22nd, 2014 via
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great vise


have used many times already it is very handy does great job

October 15th, 2014 via
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not good I would give it 0 stars if I could


teeth (jaws) broke very easily and replacement jaws are $79

October 11th, 2014 via
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6" Bench Vise


What a deal! Cost me less than $5.00!! Had a Gift Card that I got Last Christmas... Had enough left on it to almost pay for the item. Bought the larger Vise, because the Craftsman Tool Club Sale Price, was LOWER than the price for the smaller units. Again, -WHAT A DEAL!

October 1st, 2014 via
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Good Bench Vice


This is a very large and heavy duty bench vice. Its very sturdy and should last a lifetime. I probably could have used a smaller 4" or 5" vice but in the end I'm glad I chose this one. It should be able to handle anything I need and I doubt I can break it. I recommend this vice if you're looking for a large, durable vice that will last a long time.

September 18th, 2014 via
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Quite a solid vice


This is my first purchase of a vice for my own personal use in my garage. I debated going between the 4, 5, and 6" versions and settled on a larger one to start out. It is built very solid (painted cast iron?) and cranks in and out as easy as I would expect it to. I did need to add some grease to get it operating a bit more smoothly. It looks great and functions well, no issues.

September 2nd, 2014 via
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I have always wanted and needed a vise. This one holds stuff in place and does not loosen while you're using it. A great product for yourself or as a gift.

August 7th, 2014 via
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It's a vise


It is what I expect from a vise. Nothing great. It does the jobs I need it for.

July 14th, 2014 via
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Big Beefy Vice


I have owned budget bench vices in the past, and I can tell you this one will outlast them all. Simple things like rubber grommets on the turning handle keeps the vice from beating on it self. The jaw face is reversible and replaceable. Not only can you clamp round stock below the jaws, but the jaws them selves have two small cutouts to accommodate round stock. Please note that there is no hardware included to bolt the vice down.

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