Many will have, when attempting to mount a vice onto a rotary table or drilling machine
table, found it difficult to get the vice into the required position due to the fixed
fixings on the vice and the limited slot positions. Whilst a Toolmakers style vice
is not guaranteed to make it easy in most cases it will. Photo 9 shows one being
used on a rotary table and Photo 10 a drilling machine. These making it easy for
the workpiece to be machined at the required diameter and the hole to be placed in
the correct position.
Photo 11 shows how easy it is to fit a large vice (100mm x 100mm) to a small worktable,
something that would be impossible, or at least very difficult, with most other vices
of a similar size. This showing that when used on a mini mill it would expand the
range of workpiece sizes that could be worked on whilst being held in a vice.
Unfortunately, for the trade, if larger, economically priced, vices of this style
were sold, many would consider them to be Toolmakers Vices and complain about the
lack of precision. Shame really, as what other design could make such a large capacity
vice feasible for use on a small machine,(see note one below). Having emphasised
the mini mill do not think though that these vices cannot have a place on a larger
mill. Photo 12 shows the100mm vice seen in Photograph 11 as an example. This vice
incidentally has a slightly larger capacity than the large vice seen in Photograph
My pages elsewhere on the site show how to machine four different sized drilling
vices producing Toolmakers style vices of adequate accuracy for the majority of workshops.
Whether they can be called precision remains to be seen, but I doubt it.
Some findings from the vices now received.
Having written the above before taking delivery of the vices for machining, I found
some interesting facts on inspecting them on arrival that has some relevance to my
above comments and the forum thread. The vices have been purchased from a large supplier
to industry as can be seen from the details below and from which one would expect
some consistency with regard to the items supplied.
Having purchased three of the sizes previously I was surprised when unpacking then
to find that this batch appeared quit different, I have to add non of the differences
are that important. It does though illustrate a situation that is possible when purchasing