Northern Industrial Cross Slide Drill Press Vise - 4in.
As others have stated, "this vise needs to be cleaned and lubed prior to use."
I build AK sporting rifles for fun. I bought it to help drill the rivet holes in the receivers. For this it works fine.
I also entertained the idea of using it to mill out the FCG opening in an 80% AR receiver. For this I'm not too sure it will work. On a few test pieces, milling produced acceptable results, but not precise work.
The handles rotate during the drilling allowing the piece to move ever so slightly. I've broken several small bits because of this. I'll need to clean it again and use some locktite on some of the screws.
The adjustment screws below the jaws get in the way of drilling thru my work.
All-in-all, I'm happy with the vise. Just don't expect it to be a substitute for a mill.
April 23, 2013
I should have upgraded
The biggest draw back is the worm screw gets in the way for through holes.
August 13, 2012
You got to match the price with the purpose
Recently purchased this wise. They seem to be sold everywhere, nearly identical. As some of the reviewers in the Internet suggested, I took this wise apart straight from the box and cleaned/refined. Smoothed all sliding surfaces. It is low quality product. Machined very rough, some surfaces even have gaps over their length, or machined surface is narrow - a fraction of it's intended width. Then I tuned it. The vise is OK for DIY enthusiast, or projects that do not require precision. It has some play but not much. Once bolted it is quite sturdy and should do just fine for light milling.
If you need to do precise work or use cross-slide table feature with accuracy (like drill by coordinates), this is not what you need. For this price you get drill press vise that you can crank and eyeball.
This vise was about what I expected and I would give it four stars if not the craftsmanship. Some parts on my vise were too close to being considered defective.
January 16, 2012
Worth the money
I bought this vise to do some light milling with on my drill press. If you disassemble it and clean it well then lube with either graphite or use "Dri-Slide" as I did it works well. I also shimmed the slide screws to take up some of the slack and it works much better.
January 16, 2012
Drill press vise
Because of a stroke I can only rely on my left hand, I was right handed. This sliding vise makes my drill press usable as I can accurately set the piece and drill holes. I also use it to do light milling in plastic. I have found it to be a useful and practical tool for me. As stated in the other reviews, you have to clean it and set it up right.
June 6, 2011
Drill Press vise
This vise in my opinion is a good all around vise for general shop use. For
work requiring very exacting funtion it may not be the answer because of the built- in tolerances that cannot be removed. The price is commencerate with the product and with resonable care should last a very long time. Dissasembly and a good cleaning and re lubricating should be a must before using.
March 14, 2011
Has set screws (or drag screws) on the two slides making it stable and good for projects around the house.. Takes all the time out from adjusting your piece on the drilling plate/table,, is a real time saver.. It was just what I needed to help me hold stuff in place before drilling.. A little high in cost, but a must have tool when you have a drill press at home..
November 16, 2010
I have owned this vice for over three years and have used it on almost a daily basis since its purchase. I am a gunsmith and I specialize in building custom classic Mauser rifles. Like another reviewer, I also bolted my vice crosswise to the drillpress table. This has allowed me to install scope bases and mounts, as well as sights concentric to the rifle bore with confidence and accuracy. I have also used this vice for limited milling operations successfully. While not as accurate as a milling machine, it also costs less than one tenth the price of an inexpensive milling machine.
It works well for me and I highly recommend it. One last bit of information which may be of value, when you first receive the vice, clean it well and use a light grease on the threads, and ENSURE that the screws and bolts are all tight and all play has been removed from the rails.
November 23, 2009
QUALITY NOT VERY GOOD
October 9, 2007
cross slide drill press vise
The quality is marginal, action is not smooth but works.
Too much play in the cross screws.
It will do the job for now but not really worth the cost.
October 8, 2007