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.
to open or to close vice you have to push it to close or you have to pull to get it open. I'm at the point that it may be returned very shortly if I can't figure it out. Nothing came in the box and only after receiving it did I come to find out it was made in China not the USA. The soul reason I purchased the Craftsman product was that it was American made and carried a lifetime warranty. This vice carries a one year warranty and not made here. Not happy.
I purchased this as a gift for my husband. It was aggressively sale priced and just what I was looking for. The reason for the purchase was the vice he had broke. I like craftsman and the warranty of the products. I purposely went to Sears for a replacement.
This vice is very well built and very sturdy. I'm very happy with how it hold items I'm working on in the garage. Also has a great flat surface for flattening out metal. Overall great vice.
I bought this vice a gift for my son. It was such a great product I was hoping he would decide that he didn't want it. That way I would get to keep it for myself. Fact is I'm sure that I'll be going out to pick up another for myself.
This is a solid, fairly heavy duty general purpose vise,fit and finish and jaw alignment are excellent. I got this one on sale and used bonus points so it was a very good value, definitely higher end of the imported variety. You can't have too many vises.
I love this vise. It helps me get thinks done. If I have a bolt stuck in a socket you know what I do? I stick that son of a gun in the vise and give her a good ole smackaroo with my trusty hammer. No more bolt stuck in socket.
The vise is constructed of heavy steal and required a bolt to be attached to the bottom of the vise for complete assemble. That was the only assembly that was required, the vise rotates 180 degrees and the jaws open up to six inches. This product was on-sale and an absolute great deal for the money.
Made in China. If I were to do it over, I would buy a Wilton vise.