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.
My vise arrived today and it looks to be of decent quality and is very heavy. The jaws match up well when tightened. However, there is a lot of play in the mechanism. This vise is a very good value when Sears offers them at the 60% sale price, but it is probably not worth the $100+ regular price, so wait for the sales.
Does whats its supposed to do. Hold Stuff!!!
I was surprised when I opened the box at how nice the vise was, can't beat it for the price.
This is a great 6in vice that can take a beating. We use this for our service technicians and they work well for all of our applications. "Why not 5 stars", you ask? Simple if notice the main shaft is not a solid but a 3 sided hollow bar with a screw drive. Which is more of a personal preference.
this is junk had it like 2 day and bent the handle and even almost snapped it
Very heavy vise with good torque. Used to seat pivot bearings on mountain bike. Jaws were thicker than pictured. Casting was a lot rougher than pictured. Does not have reversible jaw faces since screw holes are recessed on only one side. Not precision tooled, there is a lot of side to side play in the vise, and the jaw moves around like the screw is bent. Not worth the $109 price got mine on a 60% off sale, so I'll keep it.
Well, maybe not literally. Very strong though. I'm not sure if it is one you can beat on for decades and pass on to your grandkids, but it sure seems it will get the job done for me for a long time.