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I'm in the market for a 4" or 5" machine vise to use on my g0704cnc

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Justjoe

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I'm looking for a good very accurate long lasting 4" or 5" machine vise in the budget range of $300. Does any body have recommended vise's. Thanks Mont
 

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I'm also interested in this. I have a 3" inexpensive tilt vise that cannot be called accurate or long lasting, and the clamping pressure is not great. It sits pretty high, so I'm looking for something lower profile, more accurate, and with wider jaws for milling. What has been your experience?
 

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I'm looking for a good very accurate long lasting 4" or 5" machine vise in the budget range of $300. Does any body have recommended vise's. Thanks Mont
I've had a $250 Shars 4" (202-0991) vise for about a year now and I'm very happy with it, but they're out of stock at the moment.
 

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There is a huge number of sellers on the Bay who are offering Chinese "precision" 4" milling machine vises for around $81, free shipping. I do like this style of vise myself, because it's easy to set up squarely. Just use a machinist's square across the front edge of the table, set the vise against it, and lock it down. Can be mounted on its side, etc. You might even consider getting both one of these and a 5" vise from Glacern or similar source. Two vises are sometimes good to have.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/4-Super-Lock-Precision-CNC-Vise-Milling-Clamping-High-Accuracy-Sawing-19KN-Max-/123587030193?hash=item1cc65c6cb1
https://www.ebay.com/itm/4-Super-Lock-Precision-CNC-Vise-Milling-Clamping-High-Accuracy-Solid-Sawing-/173730879584?hash=item28732ad860
https://www.ebay.com/itm/4-Super-Lock-Precision-CNC-Vise-Milling-Clamping-High-Accuracy-Solid-19KN-Max-/223317956930?hash=item33fec99942
https://www.ebay.com/itm/4-Super-Lock-Precision-CNC-Vise-Milling-Clamping-Sawing-Horizontal-19KN-Max-/401682588640?hash=item5d8625e3e0

PS - these may all be from the same seller, using different aliases. I notice that all of them come from Ontario, CA.
 

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I have a 6" shars vise at work and like it well enough. At home I have an old 5" kurt that I fixed up. I would go and find a used kurt with your $300. You would do ok with the shars as well.
 

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I sure like the Glacier vise's, would you go for the 4" premium for $599 or the 4" standard for $349 or the 5" standard for $379.
I torn the 4" premium can clap laying on its side and open's to 5". I also wonder if the 5" standard is to large for my g0704.
One great thing Glacier said they take PayPal, that make paying easy for me
 

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Tormach has vises in your price and size range.

They very well may be from the foundry as the ebay vises.

But tormach puts their name on them, stands behind them, and sells some useful jaws for them. The also probably do some quality control, like Shars and their rejects get sold by someone else.

Checking the prices at tormach might make Shars look pretty good.
https://www.tormach.com/store/index.php?app=ecom&ns=catshow&ref=Vises_and_Jaws&portrelay=1

I have 2, 5" tormach vises and 1, 4" vise purchased from little machine shop. My experiences with Kurt and Orange vises was limited and previous to owning the Tormachs, but I do not feel limited with the Tormach vises.
 

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I bought a PM 5" precision vise with swivel base last year off ebay - around $130 with an ebay coupon. So far very happy with it.
 

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Bought this HFS 5" milling vise. Its not bad so far. Looks like an exact copy of what Grizzly sells..probably the exact same thing.

Took a bunch of cleanup, but it isnt terrible. Was going to upgrade to a Kurt recently but I see they discontinued the 5" so I will stick with this one.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KSC80RU/
 

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My vises are all flangless type.
Precision ground on the out side surfaces.
Can be mounted sidewise or vertically.
All three of them can be mounted on the table at the same time with a bit of room to spare for G54, G55, and G56 operations in one cycle.
 

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I have a couple vises that are bridgeport size. I don't know to measure them but they are in good shape. Jaw width is 5-6 inches, and I would be welling to sell. They are heavy and shipping would be expensive. I'm in Michigan.
 

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I also wonder if the 5" standard is to large for my g0704.
5" is too large for a BF20 style mill, in my opinion anyway. You won't be able to make full use of the capacity of the vise. You might have to mount the vise on the outermost table slot & might not have enough Y travel to make good use of the vise (different if you go flangeless). I have a RF45 style mill with a 9" table & use a 5" Glacern, it's bordeline too big for it.

But then again people have used 5" vises on BF20s & 6" vises on RF45s. I would look at the dimensions of the 5" vise (Glacern has nice spec sheets on their vises) & compare that to your table size.
 

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The flangeless vise's are more versatile, try not to use a swivel base whenever you can for accuracy and rigidity.
With the flangeless vise, you have the ability to turn the vise on edge, giving you more flexibility of use.
 

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Thank for the offer, I went and bought a Glacern vise.
I bought the 5" and went similar budget and got the Flanged Vise. I know I'm giving up the Flexibility of a flangeless. As I read up on vises I've noticed that many of us have more then one vise. My thought was down the road maybe I could get a flangeless when I had a project to justify it.
Thanks again Mont
 
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