I have a similar size mill with 42" table. Broke a Grizzly early on, so I got a 6" Kurt. Definitely not too big, it's one of the best investments I've made - period.I recently purchased a Series I Bridgeport mill with a 9" x 48" table. I'm very new to machining and don't know which vise to get. Any suggestions? I understand Kurt is a good brand but they have many different sizes and types.
PERIOD? LOL. Ok. How did you break the Grizzly? I don't own a Grizzly. I'm just curious. Which model?I have a similar size mill with 42" table. Broke a Grizzly early on, so I got a 6" Kurt. Definitely not too big, it's one of the best investments I've made - period.
I have bought from All Industrial often in the past year and found them to be a very good vendor. My family bought an expensive indicator from them for my birthday and it was not the exact model I wanted. They worked with me and made it easy to swap it out. They're good folks to deal with and seem to be growing quickly.After a little research I found that although the Glacern is a little less expensive than the equivalent Kurt it is made in Taiwan. For the minor difference in cost I would prefer the US made Kurt. I also understand the warranty is better. All Industrial Tool Supply has the Kurt DX6 on sale at $539.95 with free shipping. The offer seemed even better with their 10% off coupon promotion for new subscribers but after receiving the coupon it doesn't include work holding products. Is the DX6 a good entry into vises for general prototyping work?
And yes to the observation by Alan H, the mill came with little tooling. On the plus side though a friend close by has made all of his extensive tooling available to me until I've collected enough of my own. He has even given me a few items to get started.
I was surprised by the comment that Glacern's are Taiwanese since that was contrary to my research of a little over a year ago, so I asked them again by email today. Here's their response:After a little research I found that although the Glacern is a little less expensive than the equivalent Kurt it is made in Taiwan . . . . . . .
I'm just starting out with a new to me mill, and being on a budget I'm going to try to build some of these to start out. They look like they do a good job.Don’t overlook using t nuts and all thread as work holding. Vises are very handy, but you can do a lot of work by simply clamping work to the table, or bridging it up off the table with parallel bars- particularly if your budget is such that a vise has to wait a few months. You can make everything you need for work holding with your new mill! Good first project.
It's a 688,What 6" Kurt do you have?
Grizzly broke by leaning too hard on it with the work clamped off center:PERIOD? LOL. Ok. How did you break the Grizzly? I don't own a Grizzly. I'm just curious. Which model?
It all depends on what you are going to do with it and how you plan to use the machine really. You have "THIMPK" about it a bit and decide for yourself what will work for most of what you do.The way I see it is it's not the length of table but the width that determines what size vise to use. is that correct?