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Highly versatile & usefull
on 6 January 2012
I agonized for some time before making this purchase, I wanted a vice for my craft and electronic hobbies which offered what this vice said it did however some of the other reviews on it worried me. Thankfully I ignored them and purchased it any way and having used it for far more than I originally purchased it for am totally satisfied with it.
From the ingeniously designed packaging my vice worked perfectly. The mounting is surprisingly sturdy and can quickly be attached to most surfaces, from a metal topped computer trolley to kitchen table to kitchen worktop so far in my case, and holds the whole assembly rigidly. The ball joint locking mechanisn although fiddley due to being close to the clamping mechanism is designed with a thread pitch which even with my arthritic fingers can be tightened sufficiently to hold the jaws in pretty much any orientation you can imagine. The jaws of the vice came fitted with removeable rubber inserts and so far both with and without the inserts have proved to be strong enough to hold a bicycle sprocket while a bearing was hammered in, to delicate electronic circuitry whilst soldering in components. It has also held various plastics and wooden pieces whilst making parts for my model making.
Obviously I cannot pass judgement on the other reviewers, but due to the simplicity of the design I really cannot see why they have had any problems other than not using it correctly - i.e. not using the ball joint locking mechanism correctly. Admittedly the instructions were basic and relied on the owner having sufficient apptitude to work it out themselves, but surely it should be a prerequisite that you understand how to use potentially dangerous tools before you attempt to use them.
Overall, if you need a vice to hold a cars brake drum whilst hammering a bearing in or a tree while you cut it into logs, then this vice is not fr you, buy a big permanently fixed vice, but for most other domestic or hobbiest uses then this vice is one piece of kit you will wonder why you didn't buy it years ago. It's one of the best £20 tools I've ever bought, and for a Branded product excellent value for money.