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!
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.
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.
Used the vise to press the new rubber boot on my Honda Civic's control arm, and the jaw broke and dropped on the floor. This is not a heavy duty vise. Inside the jaw is hollow and cheap cast iron.
I needed a bench vise for those projects that just come up every once in a while. For the price of a 4-inch, this 6-inch vise provides stable gripping power. Nothing fancy, but gets the job done.
Very solid vice that should handle anything that I can throw at it (literally)
Got a great deal, and this is one solid vise.
Not all that happy with it. Jaws do not come with the v-grooves as shown online. Also only one lockdown bolt to secure the vise swivel so it does not lock it down a securely as a vise with one on each side.
Great price! This is a great vise for the do it yourselfer. Big enough for everyday projects. Works perfect and I am completely satisfied with this purchase!