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PT Doc
05-27-2013, 11:31 AM
Am looking a vise that can be set on its side or on the end. Have looked at USA Palmgren vises. Would prefer 4" but 3" could work. I was surprised to read reviews from machinists that thought the Palmgren vises were very good quality. Of its good for them, then should be good for me.

Thanks

Bob Fisher
05-27-2013, 12:51 PM
Palmgren used to be top shelf, I believe it is now made offshore, and is lesser quality. Look for a used one. I do not think I have ever seen one that can rest on the side or end tho. I do have a similar vise and that is a very handy feature. Bob.

wierdscience
05-27-2013, 12:54 PM
Be careful of Palmgren,not everything they sell is US made.

Yost still makes theirs here-

http://www.yostvises.com/specialty-vises/drill-press-vises.html

Also Heinrich -

http://www.heinrichco.com/dpvise.htm

Paul Alciatore
05-27-2013, 01:12 PM
Sounds like you want what is called a machinist's or screwless vise. They are ground on all sides and can sit on at least four faces for orienting the work. Some have horizontal grooves on the sides for clamping them down to the table. I even have a small, 1" one that can be clamped in the jaws of a larger vise at an angle. It is handy for small parts with odd angle features. I have used them for both drilling and milling.

http://www.use-enco.com/CGI/INPDFF?PMPAGE=492&PMCTLG=00

I have had good luck with two of the import models but there are also name brand ones available.

Enco is not the only source. Almost all the on-line machine shop suppliers offer them.

Highpower
05-27-2013, 02:47 PM
I even have a small, 1" one that can be clamped in the jaws of a larger vise at an angle. It is handy for small parts with odd angle features.

I agree.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/Highpwr/CMMG/th_PC120108.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Highpwr/media/CMMG/PC120108.jpg.html) http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/Highpwr/CMMG/th_PC120109.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Highpwr/media/CMMG/PC120109.jpg.html)

becksmachine
05-27-2013, 05:17 PM
Be careful of Palmgren,not everything they sell is US made.

Yost still makes theirs here-

http://www.yostvises.com/specialty-vises/drill-press-vises.html

Also Heinrich -

http://www.heinrichco.com/dpvise.htm

The Heinrich TS series will lay on their side, but at the expense of no clamp ears on the side, which can make it a pain to clamp down.

Dave

GadgetBuilder
05-27-2013, 07:48 PM
I have a 2" Palmgren without ears, seen below as an insert vise. I mostly use it on the drill press. I use it with one of the quick acting pistol grip type wood worker clamps gripping the vise with the long bar of the clamp against the DP pillar - lets me move the vise around while keeping it from swiveling if the drill grabs.

http://www.gadgetbuilder.com/Cut_Knurler_Hole.JPG

I expect they made these in larger sizes. This is an older vise from eBay.

John

wierdscience
05-27-2013, 08:39 PM
The Heinrich TS series will lay on their side, but at the expense of no clamp ears on the side, which can make it a pain to clamp down.

Dave

Agreed,they are intended to be used along with a fixture,but really are no more difficult to clamp down than the Palmgren and Yost offerings.All of them require toe clamps to be used.

I do like the Heinrich vises though since they come standard with stepped jaws and a v-grooved jaw on the #20 and 30 models.

PT Doc
05-27-2013, 10:06 PM
This is the type I'm looking for. There are older made in the USA samples to be had.

Does anyone have a Palmgren 30 they want to part with for a fair price?