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Rockler 12'' Quick Release End Vise

Sturdy guide rods keep the clamp faces neatly parallel, while the quick-release feature lets you slide the vise all the way open with an easy 1/4 turn.
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This heavy-duty, easy-to-install steel vise will be the workhorse of your custom workbench! Machined pivoting nut engages or releases with a 1/4 turn of the 1" dia. main screw so you can easily re-position your workpiece. Extra-wide 12" O.C. guide rods provide maximum resistance to racking, while extra-wide 17-1/2" handle plate delivers maximum stability to handle any project.

  • New 12" on-center guide rods for mounting on the end of a bench.
  • Also can be used as a front vise.
  • Handle plate is drilled out and countersunk for easy attachment of wooden jaws (not included) with #12 wood screws.
  • 13" overall travel before wooden jaws are added.
  • Includes hardwood handle.
  • Easy to install with included instructions.
  • Mounting hardware not included.
(1) Rockler 12'' Quick Release End Vise
More Information
Brand Rockler
Weight 36.5500
Tech Spec
  • 1" dia. guide rods.
  • Vise plate mounts to bench with 1/4" lag bolts.
  • 19" screw and body length.
Jaw Opening 13"
Jaw Width 19"
Style End Vise
4.5 / 5.0
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12 inch vise
Still in the box, need to start the bench.
December 6, 2019
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Rockler 12" Quick Release End Vise
Purchased 37180 Rockler 12” Quick Release End Vise
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Added Oct 22, 2019
October 22, 2019
Works well, could have had mounting instruction in the box.
August 27, 2019
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
It is well made and works good.
April 21, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
I love it!!!

Easy to assemble and well designed. Twin acme screws prevent racking.
April 4, 2019
10 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
The vise works great.
February 27, 2019
11 months ago
Great vise to use. Easy to adjust quickly when hands are holding project in place.
February 17, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Quality Product
The 12" Quick Release End Vise was delivered on time and installed in about 1 hour. Hard to find quality like this these days. Recommend purchase.
November 30, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great Vice
Nice vice! No racking
November 12, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Works great. Really strong. Heavy duty all the way.
September 27, 2018
1 year ago
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Why did you choose this?
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Rebuilding my work bench, needed a quality vice
John P on Dec 16, 2019
It will work well with my wheeled work bench.
Albert D on Nov 17, 2019
Rebuilding my work bench, needed a quality vice
John P on Dec 16, 2019
New bench build
craig f on Dec 13, 2019
It will work well with my wheeled work bench.
Albert D on Nov 17, 2019
husband wants for Xmas
joanne k on Nov 16, 2019
Husband requested- Christmas gift
Paula W on Nov 16, 2019
Needed a good vise rockler makes good products
Steve H on Nov 15, 2019
Sale Price
George S on Nov 15, 2019
Looking to expand my workbench function and the item was on sale.
Scott L on Nov 15, 2019
It was on sale and has great reviews.
Zach R on Nov 11, 2019
Looked like a suitable alternative to the Veritas twin screw vise. Wen't for a larger ticket item with the 20% off discount.
JAMES F on Sep 16, 2019
Want a vice that is big enough for some of my wood working projects and one that won't damage the wood project.
Tim K on Aug 15, 2019
Moved and had to abandon my old work bench.
Pete M on Jul 21, 2019
making a work bench
jim k on Jul 2, 2019
I need it for the new work bench I am building.
Richard S on Jun 20, 2019
work bench
Harry W on Feb 24, 2019
I need a good vise for my new workbench I'm building. I'm excited to find this one since it incorporates wood, which I can easily add to the vise.
Eric P on Nov 12, 2018
Rocker quality. On sale
Tina W on Nov 11, 2018
I needed it for my workbench and it appears to be a great price.
Robert D on Nov 11, 2018
Outstanding reviews and sturdy/large-enough vise for a full-width end installation.
Thomas Kelly A on Nov 10, 2018
Building a new workbench for shop.
Harrold G on Nov 9, 2018
Combination of availability, Rockler quality by reputation, and the only other quality vise like this on the market would have cost me another $150 or so.
Michael A on Nov 3, 2018
These are great and i need one for my bench.
James K on Dec 26, 2017
Upgrade from my old Record steel vise
John D on Dec 16, 2017
Wanted a wide front vice. I am concerned about the comments on the quick release with no slow release option, but no time to search more.
John R on Dec 8, 2017
As a woodcarver, I work with large, heavy pieces of wood and need a vice that is strong enough to handle the weight and forces being applied.
Douglas S on Jul 30, 2017
Our wood shop needed a new wood vise and we chose Rocklers (Item #37180)
Paul S. A on May 26, 2017
Stumpy Nubs recommended.
Dennis the Broker on May 9, 2017
for new work bench
barb r on Feb 25, 2017
Love my end vise. Extremely well made. Very heavy.
Herb H on Feb 10, 2017
Seemed to be the highest quality available at a mid-grade price point. Other than people not reading or finding install instructions...sounds like a really solid vise! It should match my bench perfectly. Install can't be that difficult...
Jodi C on Dec 12, 2016
strong and solid
Subrata J G on Nov 8, 2016
Best Value. I did not want my vise to cost more than the rest of my bench!
Robert N on Sep 13, 2016
A necessity for the woodworking I do.
Walter M on Aug 18, 2016
Reviews and needed.
Greg on Jul 17, 2016
Custom workbench accessory
HOWARD P on Jul 13, 2016
I need this end vise for the woodworking bench I'm building.
Billy C on Apr 19, 2016
I chose this vise for 2 reasons. First, the size and it being the lowest cost of this size with a quick release. Second was that I received an offer for free shipping on items over $35. HOWEVER, I was still charged $10 for S&H, which is the same as the shipping cost for the same item from Rockler through Amazon, without the promotion code. To further confuse the situation, Amazon charged $2 more for sales tax, so I paid the $10 S&H and bought it from Rockler directly.
Matthew P P on Mar 19, 2016
reviews that were on the website were helpful and it seems a good value for the money.
Tate W. N on Feb 27, 2016
For my first woodworking bench.
Bernard L on Feb 21, 2016
hopefully to add to my enjoyment of woodworking at the bench and the past positive results with Rockler products.
gerald h on Dec 30, 2015
I needed for a workbench
Manuel M on Dec 4, 2015
Haven't used this item yet, still building my workbench.
William C on Nov 26, 2015
I'm wanting a vice for the end of my workbench.
Paul K on Nov 24, 2015
A must for every one that has a work table.
Randy F on Oct 31, 2015
needed a good vice for my new work table, and so far I love the job it does.
CURTIS S on Oct 26, 2015
I built my workbench 20+ years ago. It's about time I installed a quality vise since my bench is very likely to last another 20+ years.
Lon H on Oct 24, 2015
Ronald H on Oct 22, 2015
Heavy duty looks like good quality
Robert H on Aug 15, 2015
I wanted a reliable vice that was within my budget..
Jesse Y on Jul 4, 2015
Was used on a sample workbench.
Roy B on Jun 25, 2015
New bench build
craig f on Dec 13, 2019
husband wants for Xmas
joanne k on Nov 16, 2019
I bought the 12 inch end vise there where no instructions is the a video or can can you email them to me
Samgej on Mar 22, 2016
Is there a diagram for the quick release open threaded nut instilation
Samgej on Mar 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There is one - but it is not very clear. I installed mine wrong and the quick release did not work. I had to redo the install.
How much room do you need under the workbench to accommodate the vise? I have 13" of overhang to work with.
Barbara on Jun 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Vise depth from flat side of chop to back of carriage is almost 19" so it really depends on how thick your chop block is to determine where the back depth under the table will be. I.E. max depth without a block is 19"
where can i get the manual/instructions that comes with this product?
Gail B on Dec 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: There is a new youtube video. Search: Woodworkers Journal Mounting a Workbench Vise.
I'm deciding between this one and the Sjobergs Smart Vise with Jaw Cushions. They seem similar. What do I get for paying $20 more for this one than the Sjobergs ? Thanks.
A shopper on Jul 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Rockler vise has large metal casting stretcher components which make up the anti racking brackets and mounting base. Sjobergs Smart vise has wood. Not sure if this improves function or not because I only have the one but in theory should help with racking. I also integrated the Rockler vise into a workbench with a 3" thick maple top. So I needed to have the vise components only and make my own jaws rather than have an integrated unit like the Sjobergs Smart Vise. With this vise integrated into my workbench it will be something I know can be handed down to my grand children 50 years from now which was the most important purchasing decision. My grandfather and father always taught me to buy tools you know you would only have to purchase once and you will never regret it.
How much racking do you get with this vise? Can it be installed on a three inch thick bench top? Thanks.
JOE Z on Aug 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: With a small wood block centered over the left guide rod, and the vise tightened snuggly, the right side of the vise is only 1/16" closer to the bench. The guide rods are 12" apart and do a good job of keeping the movable part of the vise in alignment with the bench.

The vise base bolts to the underside of your bench. I use two 3/4" sheets of plywood for my bench top and the vise attaches easily to them. I use a 2x6 apron around the bench, but that has no affect on the vise mounting. It only provides more depth for the wood vise face.
Is the wood included with the vise?
Beans on Oct 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: NO you have to make jaw .made mine out of 3/4"oak doubled grain crosses different . never mounted mine to bench straight enough. jaws rack if using one side due to nature of vice. keep work centered or vice full to keep torque even.
Is there any reason you can't mount this on the front of a bench?
SD1950 on Jan 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I did mount this on the front of my bench, and it works fine. However, the legs got in the way, and I could not mount the vise such that the end of the vise was at the end of the bench. Not a big deal, but it does make crosscut sawing an occasional problem.
Does it really weigh 40 lb?
Karl C on Jan 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, or very close to that weight. What you don't see in the picture is the heavy cast iron cradle holding the screw and guide shafts. There's also a directional pin to help with the quick release mechanism. It is a very robust vise and needs a reasonably thick table. I used two thicknesses of 3/4" plywood for the table top.
what is the distance from the top of the mounting plate to the top of the guiding rod?
Andre J on Oct 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Honestly, it's still in the box, so I don't know. I expect to install it after the holidays.
Is there an ideal bench top thickness for the 12 inch End vise? Would a 3 inch top be suitable? What would be a reasonable range for a top should I reconsider the 3 inch top?
Gary F on Jan 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I mounted mine to the end of a 4" thick bench. It works just fine but does require wider material for the jaws.
My bench top is 5 1/4" thick. I plan on buying the Rockler end vise. I excavated the underside area needed to mount the vise to 3" to prevent racking. I understand that I need 16" depth to handle the rods and screw but I don't know the width needed to provide clearance for the mounting carriage. Would 10" take care of it? Thanks!
Donald A on Jul 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: 3" is plenty of clearance underside and 16" is also good enough for the rod lengths. However you'll need at least 12" spread to clear the mounting carriage on the sides.. I also have a 5.25" roubo style bench. I used 1" hard maple for the jaws and this vise is highly secure and very sturdy. I actually purchased the vise first and then cut it out as needed. I am a little over 2" excavation and that gave me enough clearance to prevent binding but that's cutting it pretty close. This is a great end vise for me and I don't think you can get much better operation out of an end vise than this.
Dose the 12" bench vise come with mounting instructions?
Don T on Feb 5, 2016
Does anyone have a picture of the quick-release nut as installed? I disassembled the unit without taking note of it's installation orientation. I have my vise installed now, but am still not sure if I have the quick release nut properly installed.
Mike T on Jan 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: As you stand in front of the vise, the larger half of the pivoting nut (with the hole that accepts the screw) has its tab (looks like a thumb) facing to your right.
I have 32 inches of space at the end of my workbench. Where should I position this new vise? In the middle or at one end?
Barbara on Jul 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I mounted mine in same way as shown in catalog. I installed two boards the same width as my table top. This allows for installing vice dogs to align with table's dog holes.
Where is this vise made?
A shopper on May 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The box says "Made in Taiwan". There are no markings on the vise itself.
what is the country of manufacter?
Michael H on Jan 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: This product is manufactured in Taiwan
What are the dimensions of the bracket mounted under the bench?
Beans on Oct 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: 16 wide x 5 5/8......assuming the question refers to the metal bracket....I would be pleased to sent photos of the bottom of the bench if requested...Richard
What length carrage bolts are recommended for this weight. I have 3 3/4 top?
john s on Sep 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I can't recall what length I actually used, but my top is only 1 1/2" so they could not have been longer than that. I could be wrong but it certainly gives no indication that it is going anywhere. Keep in mind that all of the force from clamping will be lateral.
What is the minimum overhang you need to mount the vise plate? I read on amazon someone posted 4 11/16 but I wanted to verify as I will be starting a bench before I purchase his vise. BTW - I'm not looking for the space needed including the guide rods, just the width needed to mount the vise plate.
Brent D on May 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: you need 9 3/8" minimum. better to plan for 9 1/2" wide.
What is the total depth of this vise ie. From top of mounting plate to lowest point of the vise?
Tony Y on Apr 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: From the mounting plate to the bottom of the vise (the quick release mechanism) it is 2-1/2" thick.
Do you ship to Canada?
Les F on Jun 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We do not have any locations outside the U.S. however you would be able to order on our website

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How thick of bench will this mount too?
Francis S on Mar 30, 2019
What is the depth of this vice when fully closed without the wood? I am building a bench with a jog in the bottom and need to know where to step the thickness. It says it has 13" jaw opening, but that still done not give me the answer. The PDF also shows all dimensions except that one.
Jeffrey L on Nov 20, 2018
What size are the wood facing?
Also 1/4 lug nuts does not appear to be correct.
What should I use?
Richard H on Dec 31, 2017
My Rockler vine no longer will lock tight after some years of use. Do I need to replace the locking brake?
Donald L on Sep 1, 2017
I am going to build a 4x4work bench and what kind of wooden vise do I need?
Don R on Jul 24, 2017
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