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    I want a wood vise for front of my bench

    I am hopping to loosen up the purse strings enough to get a vise for the front of my work bench.
    I have been looking at the one at Grizzly:
    http://www.grizzly.com/products/Cabi...r-s-Vise/H7788

    This one seems to be reasonably priced.

    Any other suggestions?

    Thanks
    Dan
    Dan Thibert
    Leominster MA

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    Latest issue of Fine Woodworking just did a survey of front vises. They used them for a year, I believe, in various shops.

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    Looks a good one to me, have you thought about getting one with quick release action? Mine has it and it saves me a lot of turns and time
    Best regards,
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    I have thought about the quick release option, but heard anyone come out and say it was worth it.
    It would cost more money also. But I will do some searching.

    Thanks
    Dan
    Dan Thibert
    Leominster MA

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    Here's the review: http://www.taunton.com/finewoodworki....aspx?id=32302

    I have a pair of HF quick release units that I got awhile back (very old pic). I have a new LV regular set and large set of vise hardware under the bench. I even have the jaw blanks glued up but, I just haven't got around to swapping them for the QR units yet.
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    I'll probably get zinged for this, but.....this type of vise is a pretty basic gadget. There cannot be much difference in use between brands. You would probably be happy with the Griz, particularly since some brands are very costly. As for quick release type, it is probably a matter of how much you will be using it. Might be important for professionals. But, who goes into their shop to be in a hurry?
    Mine is an ancient Columbia, older than me. Very heavy, as I found out when I switched it from the right side of bench to left.

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    I noticed this vise for less money http://www.grizzly.com/products/Wood-Vise-8-/G8967
    It looks less bulky, but may be better for woodworking needs????

    Your thoughts???
    Dan Thibert
    Leominster MA

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