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    Drill press vise, a lot to choose from. Plain screw vise, cam operated, self-centering, Safe-T vise (which looks like a bar clamp), and many others.

    For general purpose drilling of assorted materials, (sheet, bar stock, wood, plastic), what do you use, what do you recommend?

    Drill presses I'm using are 14" and 17" with production table.
    Thanks,
    Gary


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  • #2
    Recommend? I can tell you what I use, but your needs/likes and mine are probably different.

    I use a screw type vise, generally mounted on an X-Y table. Without the XY table, the vise is rather limiting if clamped down.

    When I use someone else's drill press, I often put a c-clamp on the table as a "post" to brace the work or vise against, emulating a safety vise.
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    • #3
      JMO but you cant go wrong with a float lock vise.
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      • #4
        All the drill press vises that I have are just straight screw types. I have two drill presses plus my Unimat can be set up as a small one so I guess that makes three. I have a $20 import vise that I use with my bench top DP. I have a Craftsman that I use with my floor stand DP. I have an import angle vise that I use all over. The Unimat has it's own small (50mm) vise.

        In my last job I used three Palmgren drill press vises on the milling machine to hold rack panels and other 15" to 19" wide components for milling.

        But I am not doing production work. Most of my stuff is single quantity or just a few. So I feel little need for a cam operated one.
        Paul A.
        SE Texas

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        • #5
          I use these in 6" & 8" as they're quick & lock tight, DAYTON 4YG29 Vise, Quick Release

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          • #6
            I have a Wilton 6" Cam action drill press vise I use exclusively on my drill press. very fast and plenty of holding power. gave away my screw type vise.

            Steve

            Added this plate for easy clamping.

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            • #7
              If your drill press has the production table
              you can use a surface grinder magnet
              upside down to shuffle your vise
              and stick it down.

              -Doozer
              DZER

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              • #8
                I have a Myford of this style
                http://www.busybeetools.com/products...lting-jaw.html
                Very convenient

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                • #9
                  Cardinal speed vise is my go to vise. They aren't real cheap but sometimes you can find a used one on ebay or craigslist.

                  Brian
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                  • #10
                    On a production table or oil table (no slots), I'd lean toward a float lock or re purpose an old 8" milling vise for its mass.

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                    • #11
                      Two Craftsman drill presses and two Wilton vises.
                      These have worked for all my needs for many years.
                      Bill
                      I cut it off twice and it's still too short!

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                      • #12
                        I really prefer these

                        http://www.workholding.com/heindpvise.htm
                        Forty plus years and I still have ten toes, ten fingers and both eyes. I must be doing something right.

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                        • #13
                          different ones for different things, but overall my favorite as Jones and Shipman. Not sure if you can them anymore, but Bison is doing a knock off. J&S jaws are better though - the centre opening makes for a v block and clearance for large holes. Why I like them so much, ball bearing thrust mechanism and the hardened stepped jaws.....you never have to futz around with parallels. Really nice vises.


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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by goose View Post
                            Drill press vise, a lot to choose from. Plain screw vise, cam operated, self-centering, Safe-T vise (which looks like a bar clamp), and many others.

                            For general purpose drilling of assorted materials, (sheet, bar stock, wood, plastic), what do you use, what do you recommend?

                            Drill presses I'm using are 14" and 17" with production table.
                            Thanks,
                            So far as I am concerned anyway, almost any drill press vise that is sized according to your needs will do the job. After that its matter of what you want of it and how much you are prepared to pay for it.

                            The main thing I ask of a bench vise is that it will hold the job down to the vise without the moving/sliding jaw lifting the job. There are several ways of achieving that with "hold-downs" with a little inconvenience and minimal extra cost.

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                            • #15
                              I would go with something with an X-Y table either vise mounted on top or visit integrated. Much easier to make small adjustments to your securely held part as needed as well as making straight evenly spaced holes if needed.

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