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Vices are used to securely grip materials that you are working on and fall into 3 main categories; metal workers vices, woodworking vices & hobbyist vises.

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Stanley 0-83-179 Quick Close Vice

£19.99 £35.99

Faithfull Woodcraft Vice 150mm (6in) - Clamp Mount

£31.31 £47.39

Faithfull Hobby Vice 60mm (2.1/2in) with Integrated Clamp

£16.73 £25.32

Faithfull Drill Press Vice - Unigrip 75mm

£39.35 £59.58

Faithfull Multipurpose Swivel Base Vice

£113.17 £171.36

Faithfull Vacuum Based Vice 70mm (2.3/4in)

£25.38 £38.41

Faithfull Woodwork Vice 175mm (7in) Plain Screw & Dog

£58.63 £88.78

IRWIN Record 1ton-e Workshop Vice 100mm (4in)

£46.26 £65.72

IRWIN Record No.23 Fitter Vice 115mm (4.1/2in)

£405.71 £576.29

IRWIN Record No.25 Fitters Vice 150mm (6in)

£537.84 £763.99

IRWIN Record 414 Drill Press Vice 100mm (4in)

£136.03 £193.22

IRWIN Record Multipurpose Vice 125mm (5in)

£133.52 £189.67

IRWIN Record T6TON6VS Workshop Vice With Anvil 6in

£166.90 £237.08

IRWIN Record Pro Entry Mechanics Vice 100mm (4in)

£35.78 £50.84

IRWIN Record V149B Woodcraft Vice 150mm (6in)

£28.18 £38.39

IRWIN Record V150B Woodcraft Vice 150mm (6in)

£29.83 £40.64

IRWIN Record V175B Woodcraft Vice 175mm (7in) Boxed

£33.13 £45.14

IRWIN Record V75B Table Vice 75mm (3in) - Boxed

£25.40 £34.62

Stanley Tools MaxSteel Light-Duty Vice 115mm (4in)

£22.97 £35.87

Stanley Tools Multi-Angle Hobby Vice 75mm (3in)

£17.83 £27.86

Faithfull Plastic Vice Grips

from £8.48 £12.84

Faithfull Mechanic's Vices

from £39.72 £60.14

Faithfull Replacement Steel Jaws

from £13.21 £19.99

Priory 174 Hand Vice

from £19.24 £26.21

IRWIN Record Mechanic's Vice

from £52.46 £74.53

IRWIN Record Heavy-Duty Quick-Release Vice

from £878.81 £1,248.30

IRWIN Record Swivel Bases

from £51.62 £73.33

IRWIN Record Woodworking Vices with Quick-Release

from £146.47 £199.60

IRWIN Record Woodwork Vices, Plain Screw & Dog

from £69.73 £95.03

IRWIN Record Heavy-Duty Engineer's Vice

from £546.23 £775.91

IRWIN Record Fibre Vice Grips

from £15.82 £22.46

IRWIN Record Replacement Jaw Plates & Screws Record Vices

from £13.37 £16.19

IRWIN Record Quick Adjusting Vices

from £98.30 £145.14

RIDGID Matador Vice

from £114.92 £138.12

RIDGID Superior Vice

from £140.17 £168.48

RIDGID Pipe Welding Vice

from £234.08 £253.80

Stanley Tools MaxSteel Heavy-Duty Bench Vices

from £45.92 £71.76

Faithfull VW150B Workbench Vice - 6in (149mm)

£22.28 £35.53

Faithfull VW175B Workshop Vice - 7in (175mm)

£27.37 £43.63

Faithfull VW75B Table Vice 3in (75mm)

£23.71 £37.80

Faithfull Woodwork Vice with Quick-Release & Dog

from £87.92 £133.12

Metal workers Vices

Engineering or workshop vices are designed to grip metal and are the strongest vices. The best ones are bolted to a workbench for maximum stability whilst the more amateur type can be clamped on by the use of a screwthread and wingnut. Both types can be made to swivel, the bolted type use a swivel base and the clamped type often have a lever that allows the vice to swivel when loosened.

A swivel vice is useful but not as strong as a fixed vice so care must be taken if large forces are applied.

The largest professional engineering vices are held by 3 bolts and do not swivel as they need to be able to take very large forces from hammer blows, hacksaws and wrenches. Irwin Record have been making these vices for decades and the most precisely machined models cost hundreds of pounds.

For full time engineers a quick release mechanism for the jaws saves time but adds considerable cost to the initial purchase. A large quick release professional engineers vice may cost over £1000!

Irwin record also make more general purpose workshop vices with 2 bolts and also include the very useful anvil feature at the rear where flat metal can be struck and worked with a hammer.

For the hobbyist or home workshop lower priced brands like Faithfull and Stanley make a wide range of bolt on and clamp on vices with or without swivel levers.

Metalwork vices can also be used on softer materials if inserts are used in the jaws and these are often available as accessories.


Woodworkers Vices

These tend to be wider than engineering vices, less precise and are usually bolted in a fixed position.

Some of the more expansive models have a “Dog” which is a pop up tab that can help hold larger planks in conjunction with clamps. Quick release mechanisms are another good feature to look for.

As with the engineering vices the professional models are made from better materials and are more precisely engineered so will be smoother to use and hold materials more accurately and securely.


Hobbyist Vices

These are generally smaller more lightweight vices that are not permanently secured to a bench but are either clamped on or in some cases secured via a sucker pad. Some of the more specialist hobby or modelling vices may contain articulated arms to hold materials in different positions. Some of them can have built in clamps and magnifying glasses that are useful when working on electronics.

Specialist vices: There are many more vices available for specialist tasks like drilling , welding and machining as well as many variations and sizes of woodworking vices. These tools are generally harder to find and are made by companies who supply to the trade involved.


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