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

Item# 00951856000P | Model# 51856 | Added on July 1, 2012 | Source: Sears.com | Available At 2 Sellers
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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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7 found this review helpful
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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DIYathome
RATED

This is the vise that pushes all other vises out of your garage!

I found myself using an old vise I bought back when I was in high school more and more as my projects became more complex over the years. At the time, I bought a cheap vise from wherever I could cause my outlook was price>quality. Needless to say, I wasted a lot of money on junk tools back then, not realizing that I could spend a little more and get a craftsman tool that would last a lifetime. As often as I can afford, I'm replacing all my tools with craftsman tools and now my projects come out a lot better now that I have the right tools. Don't waste your time or money fiddling with junk tools from ******* or **************, spend just a little more and have a tool built to last a lifetime of use.

9 days ago via sears.com
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miketg
RATED

Great vise!

This vise works very well. It has the pole clamp so you can locked down poles. Also, I like that you can flip the jaws of the vise to either have a smooth or rough texture.

29 days ago via sears.com | The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product
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capzoom
RATED

vise

bought for my son I own one years of use

March 14th via craftsman.com
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Hexanite
RATED

The Beast

I finally got this vice mounted to my bench. It is an absolute beast. I did some light testing on it, but then I used it to crush some pipe (work related test) and it handled it with ease. I am so happy that I decided to go for the 6-inch version. It moves so smoothly. The "anvil" portion is rock solid. I am confident that this vice will last ages. I really like this vice.

March 7th via sears.com
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citabriair
RATED

Inadequate support for Bench vice Assy

Bench vice is as advertised....., but the first time I used it the rear jaw cracked with an apparent heat treating fault.

Sears/Craftsman aver they have NO parts or replacement jaw sets, individually or jaw sets, and it appears they have no intent to help me find a set. $79.00 down the drain!

This is a newly purchased item, still on line PN 51856, Vice 6-12

March 3rd via craftsman.com | The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product
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emgee00
RATED

Great Vise for the money!

February 13th via sears.com
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cgehlbak
RATED

Bench Vise

Fit and function seem good for price.

February 3rd via sears.com
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Grease_Monkey
RATED

Good Vise for the Price

For the price compared to ***** and ************** this vise is very good.

January 25th via sears.com
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06Speed6
RATED

A must have

Any respectable workshop should have a vice that is capable of handling any job, this is that vice. Very heavy metal construction, this vice should last for years.

January 23rd via sears.com
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ToolDog99
RATED

Very nice vise

Great vise for the money, much better than the vises for the same price at that other discount tool dealer. Metal quality is very good and polished pieces fit well, mounts to table easily.

November 22nd, 2013 via sears.com
1 of 1 found this review helpful.
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2013SearsCustomer
RATED

Basic Hand Tool

Is an unconditional helper, anytime, in the household maintenance.

November 22nd, 2013 via sears.com
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merwins
RATED

6" Work Bench Vise

Part of a new shop arrangement, that has proven very handy and useful.

July 25th, 2013 via sears.com
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Semper_Fi
RATED

Bad vise

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.

July 18th, 2013 via sears.com
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user1101
RATED

Does the job, but swivel mount gets loose

The vise does a good job so far, considering I've only had it for a few weeks now. It is solidly built. My only two complaints are that the tightening handle is slightly bent- it looks like it got damaged in shipping. Also, the swivel is hard to secure- sometimes it gets loose. I hope it stays put now that I've re-tightened it.
I think it is unethical for Sears to sell a damaged item- the box had a UPS label that indicated that this vise was shipped directly from Sears to a customer's home. The box was pretty beat up, so it appears that the vise arrived damaged, the customer returned it to Sears and I ended up with this vise. It's not damaged enough that I would return it, but I think that is very poor practice and does not reflect well on the company.

July 4th, 2013 via sears.com
3 of 3 found this review helpful.
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zelma
RATED

Is what I expected

Is what it is, good value for the price.

June 22nd, 2013 via sears.com
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davallen
RATED

6 inch bench vise

definately not the quality you would expect from craftsman, this vise would have been more at home on a shelf at **************...but you get what you pay for and it will do for my needs at my home workshop..the only problem i had was the base slipping at the center bolt after tightenng the swivel lock down, but that's nothing i can't put up with..all in all i'm satisfied with it.

June 20th, 2013 via sears.com
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Lisashop123
RATED

He loves it!

Hubby set this right up on his work bench! Uses it all the time!

April 18th, 2013 via sears.com
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Roch_Greg
RATED

So Far So Good. Worth the price of Admission

I was in a jam when my less than a year old HF 6" vise snapped a jaw and needed another vise quick. I drove up the block to Sears and picked this one up for a little more than $55.00 out the door price.

I read the reviews here and was kind of nervous about getting another eventual heavy duty paper weight. But by now I know that unless your prepared to spend some serious money, or luck out at an Estate Sale and snap one up made at the latest in the late '80s your not going to get the kind of vise that will last forever and/or take a serious beating.

Once mounted this vise is a bit hard to swivel, I've read about the fix for that. The jaws are square when closed and the screw turns true.

So far I've been able to continue the project I was working on and we'll see how long this one lasts. For the money I spent this vise is worth the price of admission.

March 12th, 2013 via sears.com
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Turtlez06
RATED

Jaw breakage

Ok my one of my jaws broke. As you can see this happens often from the other reviews. Here is the website you can the replacement jaws. http://www.ereplacementparts.com/jaw-faces-p-1016743.html They are $39.59 plus shipping. Good luck with your vise.

March 5th, 2013 via craftsman.com
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billlaun
RATED

great buy for the money

works great for my needs

February 28th, 2013 via sears.com
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