There is nothing cooler than a big old vintage vise for the bench in your garage or shop. Brands like Wilton bring big money at swap meets and garage sales, because people know they are ultra bad ass. Unfortunately so many newer vises, that are affordable enough for the guy at home, are just crap and they will break before you ever use them hard. There are truly awesome vises for sale in store or online, but some of them are serious money. So what if we were to do a test of a bunch of different vises? Would 12 be enough? From local and online sources, as well as a vintage heavy duty model? Well if this sounds like something you want to watch, then you are in luck, because the Fireball Tools crew has stepped up to perform the test and they’ve got all the results on video.
Yep, the good, the bad, the ugly, is all coming to light in this video as each vise is installed and put through a variety of tests to see if it will fail under normally abusive circumstances. If it lives through all of that, the vise is tested in an attempt to actually make it fail. It is brutal, and some of the results will be no surprise at all, others just might shock you.
Watch the video below.