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  • GMT Milling vises?

    I went to GMT's website to look at their milling vises. They appear to be from the same Chinese factory as the Grizzly Precision milling vises.

    Any of you guys have any experience with there GMT GSV-690 6" milling vise? How does it compare to the Griz?

    Thanks
    Greebe

  • #2
    They have been discussed several times on the "other forum", but I think you will find wha you are looking for in these details.

    Especially in this link.
    "Work hard. Tell everyone everything you know. Close a deal with a handshake. Have fun!"

    -- Harold "Doc" Edgerton

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    • #3
      Try http://www.google.com/search?q=glace...pmachinist.net

      Several HSM members have purchased the Glacern vises and other products.

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      • #4
        Thanks for the links. I tend not to gravitate to the Practical Machinist forum these days. Seems a good majority of people over there just like to try to tell everyone else that they are stupid. Lots of arrogance and bad attitudes around that place.

        I guess from what I read is that they have their castings made in Taiwan and machine them here in their US shop. Haven't messed with one so I have no idea as to the quality. A Kurt would be nice, but at three times the price, the GMT might be worth a look.

        Greebe

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        • #5
          I purchased a Grizzly vise in 4 inch and have been quite pleased with it, I bought it before I saw the Glacern products listing. They do look very simular altho I don't know where the simularity ends. The Grizzly is quite accurate and repeatable, as well as the movable jaw being adjustable.
          If I had it to do over I would have gotten the 6 inch but money was the desiding factor in that case. The paper included in the Grizzly stated it came from Taiwan.
          Last edited by rolland; 02-25-2010, 04:08 PM.

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          • #6
            I have one of their double 6" vises and it seems nice. Only used it on one job so far, but I like it. I would rate his stuff as nice Taiwan quality at least as good as Parlec but a notch down from Kurt.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MickeyD
              I would rate his stuff as nice Taiwan quality at least as good as Parlec but a notch down from Kurt.
              It is Taiwanese. So is Parlec.

              I've seen Mike's, and it looks way nicer than the mainland Chinese vises.
              "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."

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              • #8
                Iv heard glacern is a definate cut above anything you'll find at grizzly, they compair very well to a kurt from what other people here have said.
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                • #9
                  vises

                  I've had Kurts and have had junk but when I needed a new vise I got a Parlec from ENCO its the one that opens up about 9" its just as good as a Kurt and less $ . Its nice when you win the door prize it was a $1,000.00 spending spree won it at the Eastec show.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by duckman
                    I've had Kurts and have had junk but when I needed a new vise I got a Parlec from ENCO its the one that opens up about 9" its just as good as a Kurt and less $ . Its nice when you win the door prize it was a $1,000.00 spending spree won it at the Eastec show.
                    In the immortal words of Monty Python.... "You lucky, lucky, lucky bas...d"

                    I've been lusting after a Parlec for a long time.

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                    • #11
                      Sol talks about his products here:

                      http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/showthread.php?t=37115
                      http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/showthread.php?t=37598

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                      • #12
                        I bought the 4" Glacern and it is miles ahead of my Chinese vise. I don't have a Kurt so I don't know about that comparison. But I like the Glacern.
                        I did do the over haul on my Chinese vise that Doc talked about and I found all the problems that he had, and is my second vise.

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                        • #13
                          I bought a 4" vice from Glacern for my Millrite mill. It's much nicer than the Millrite vice that I bought with the mill. Just about the perfect size for my mill works really well.

                          Jeff

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                          • #14
                            I bought an R8 shell mill holder from Glacern and the fit and finish is superb. I'd definitely look at one of their vises if I was in the market. I care about quality, not the country of origin.

                            Few people seem to notice that Glacern is a US company...a startup none the less. This guy is putting it on the line and making it happen instead of whining about jobs going overseas. THAT is what supporting the US economy is about...starting companies...not where you shop. I think it's amazing that Sol is taking on the entrenched machine tool market, and seems to be doing a great job of competing on both price and quality.

                            If you really care about the economy, go buy something from Glacern and be sure to thank Sol for having the beans to do what no one else is doing. You'd have to be crazy to start a company in this economy. I like it, and furthermore, I respect it.

                            (no affiliation by the way)

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                            • #15
                              Yep, I have found that to be the case as well. However, both contain some good info and some good people. They both have individuals with attitude and egos that need fullfilling ... They know who they are. If anything, I would like to see both forums have fewer OT posts that often seem to get the highest number of views?! Maybe topics that are SO far off need to be locked as quickly as possible?

                              Originally posted by Greebe
                              Thanks for the links. I tend not to gravitate to the Practical Machinist forum these days. Seems a good majority of people over there just like to try to tell everyone else that they are stupid. Lots of arrogance and bad attitudes around that place.Greebe
                              "Work hard. Tell everyone everything you know. Close a deal with a handshake. Have fun!"

                              -- Harold "Doc" Edgerton

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