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Tool: M9WW Fast acting woodworking vice
MSRP: $ 99.99
BBefore admitting to being a carpenter, I did all of my woodworking in a Craftsman bench vise. I remember buying my bench vise when I was a young man who wanted to make the heaviest (and therefore most meaningful) gift to my father for Christmas that I could.
After spending some time with wood, I realized that bench vices are not a total solution for fastening for woodworking. However, they work well for a variety of in-store activities and are simple to install.
The Chinese-made Yost M9WW offers a solid design at a fair price – MSRP is $ 99, but it’s often on sale at online retailers (I got mine for $ 64). The solidity of the castings and hardware is evident and the buttress threads tell me that I will have no problem with the lead screw. I was unable to detect any slope when opening the vise to the maximum of 10 “.
Another thing I like about the Yost comes from my background as a machinist – I couldn’t get used to the traditional quick release mechanism where a counterclockwise rotation disengages the wire. Maybe that’s my education, but I like the trigger-activated quick release. This vise works normally, without gimmicks until you decide to pull the trigger to the right of the handle and open the jaws wide. This is an operation that makes sense to me.
The paint on my grip isn’t perfect and there are minor scratches on the handle, but for this price I’m more than happy to have minor cosmetic flaws – and can’t wait to get my marks on the grip, for years to come.
– David Lyell
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