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Most Helpful Reviews
THis bench vise is perfect for home use. Its small enough for small garage work, but yet heavy-duty enough to take whatever beating you can give it.
it is not the best vise but not the worst either I have owned mine for 5 years now the anvil is a joke and the base plate needs more thought if you want to hold anything vertical in the jaws it needs to be right on the edge of the bench it ripped of the first bench since the plywood and 2x4 couldn't hold it with not much meat really to hold it down I had to make a base plate to mount it off from the bench since the jaws have cut outs in the for holing tubing you would think the distance from the base to the back jaw wouldn't be almost flush with the base bad design if I would say I use wilton vises at work and have never had that problem with them but I didn't need a wilton vise for home use but would like to think that I would be able to be able to use the vise vertically and not have to had made an adaptor plate
San Francisco, CA
San Antonio, TX
West Wardsboro, VT
Base of vise cracked in half (at the base) while trying to press a bearing out. I really thought owning a craftsman bench vise would be forever. It was nice for light duty items like holding mower blades, and pipes while soldering, etc... However, I give it a one star because in the end, a vice that breaks in half is worthless.
West Chester, PA
Chippewa Falls, WI
I relied on vise my Father gave me one Christmas way above and beyond what would be considered fair and reaonsble use. My mini sledge, pry bars are only some of the cruelty I performed on it working on angle iron, tailpipes, extracting bearing races, Ujoint caps, Bending rod up to 3/4 of an inch thick., steel plates etc. My son broke it once only for me to discover all the abuse loosened the inner bolt from all the vibration from beating on it. I put it back together and we started all over again. Finally one day the case cracked trying to use it as a hydraulic press to remove u joints. The iron case literally cracked in half on both sides. My ONLY complaint was that my local sears did not have another in stock the day it died. No more loyal strong and dependable tool every existed. The replacement was of another brand which was so noticable weaker that its flexing cracked the paint off it the very first use. I want my Craftsmen vise back :-C
Palm Springs, CA
I needed a vice to mount onto my new workbench, so I picked this 4" one it is really well made and I needed to cut some nuts for some bolts I needed to mount my wheels onto my workbench so i used the craftsman 4" vice to clamp my nuts so I could cut my nuts in half to be thinner so the swival wheels would not hit them and the vise really held my nuts nice and tight so I could cut them in half. this is a very well built vice and I really like the nice size of it to. one tough built vice
For the size and quality I thought it was too expensive. With sale price and club savings plus ************* this is a good value. I miss the familiar craftsman red color. The axis rotation makes it slightly awkward on a corner installation.
Rio Rancho, NM
This is a very heavy vice, which seems to hold up well. A solid, secure mount to a bench helps out in placement of it. I am not crazy about the made in china bit, but it seems to close evenly, and works as expected.
I purchased this vise to mount on the workbench in my garage for working on road and mountain bicycles... After about a year of moderate use, on bicycle parts only, one of the reversible plates broke and now SEARS is telling me replacement jaw liners are unavailable! Seems short sighted and environmentally unfriendly to require a customer to trash a vise in perfect condition and buy a new one because they didn't think ahead to make replacement liners which bolt in! Bye, bye Craftsman, Snap-On gets my dineros from now on!
Bonny Doon, CA
I bought my Craftsman bench vise many years ago to accompany a workbench I had bought at Sears. The workbench was one of the lower end models and I was quite sure that a bigger vise would overpower the workbench. Over the years I have used it for project from car repair to some fairly large scale metalworking. Within the limits of safety, it will hold or clamp just about anything that will fit in its jaws. The small anvil face ot the bqack is very handy for small things that need to be hammered straight or somehow formed with a hammer. It is also convienient for use when setting rivets or grommets.I woas so impressed by this vise that I purchased another for the bumper on my truck. I have really been impressed with its durability orver the years throught some of the abuse I have put it through.. It is very practical for my size of workbench.
The screws holding the reversible jaw faces on were loose on one side and couldn't be removed on the other. The base wasn't even so I had to shim it no matter where on the table I tried to install. It seemed to be worth the cost but after all that I returned it and am still looking for that proverbial bargain.
This is a VERY light duty vise. I have been through two in five months. They keep breaking off right at the base. Would not recommend to anyone who will use this product regularly. Poor quality made in china.