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shooter123456

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I was looking to get another vise for my mill to be able to make more parts in a single set up. I came across these 4" cnc vises on ebay and for $85, I figured I could give them a shot. I knew that at $85 they would not be fantastic, but I had hoped they would be usable. I planned to use them with soft jaws and mostly for roughing operations, so I didn't need fantastic quality. I picked these for the price and fast shipping, and the square shape letting me position them better on the machine and put them closer together.

Here is the link for the vise I ordered: https://www.ebay.com/itm/392186120195

These are what I received. Overall, not terrible by any means, but certainly not amazing.


The good:
-The ground surfaces have a good finish.
-They open and close smoothly.
-They have an oil dimple for the screw.
-Sliding jaws are tight but still move nicely.
-No major defects (cracks, broken parts, etc.)

The bad:
-They came with grinder dust all over them (to be expected).
-The jaw plates look like the screws are not centered.
-The lock nut on the back of the screw doesn't seem to be engaging many threads. Not a deal breaker and not load bearing so I don't see that being an issue.
-A few scratches and casting imperfections here and there.
-Some paint made it to a few spots it shouldn't have.

Overall, I would buy these again. I haven't had a chance to put them on the machine or measure them with the surface plate, but they look like they will work just fine for me.











 

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I have certainly seen a lot worse for much more money. Looks like a good score!
 

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Did you look at these?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/HFS-R-4-Milling-Machine-Lockdown-Vise-Swiveling-Base/282534308898?_trkparms=aid=333200&algo=COMP.MBE&ao=1&asc=55164&meid=90681986026048498ea728de9164e636&pid=100752&rk=1&rkt=12&mehot=pp&sd=272726169368&itm=282534308898&_trksid=p2047675.c100752.m1982

They come 3-4-5" around $100. I have been thinking of getting one and drilling holes and making modifications I have seen. I have bought some items from this seller. Just don't have the heart to drill in my Kurt vise. Charles
Those look pretty similar to the other vise I have which was around the same price. Again, not perfect, but it works well enough. It would be a lot better if it had a thrust bearing on both sides of the screw, but again, it works.

 

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Price is up over$100 now.


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Price is up over$100 now.


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Interesting... I guess they are looking for the ideal price and raising it until people no longer want them.
 
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