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Sturdy dual guide rods eliminate racking, while the quick-release feature lets you slide the vise all the way open or closed with an easy 1/4 turn.

Rockler Heavy Duty Quick Release Front Vise

Item #
27838
Rating:
88% of 100
Rockler Heavy Duty Quick Release Front Vise Rockler Heavy Duty Quick Release Front Vise Rockler Heavy Duty Quick Release Front Vise Rockler Heavy Duty Quick Release Front Vise Rockler Heavy Duty Quick Release Front Vise
Rockler Heavy Duty Quick Release Front Vise

Slides open or closed in seconds! This powerful vise is perfect for custom workbenches. A quick-release mechanism engages with a 1/4 turn of the handle, letting you make major adjustments almost instantaneously. Two 3/4" dia. solid steel guide rods provide absolute resistance to racking, while an extra-wide 9" wide handle-plate delivers maximum stability to handle any project. Includes a solid hardwood handle.


Features:
  • 3/4" diameter guide rods keep jaws parallel, even when clamping narrow objects on one side of the vise.
  • Handle plate arrives pre-drilled and ready to accept wooden jaws (not included).
  • Mounts easily with 1/4" lag bolts (not included).
(1) Rockler Heavy Duty Quick Release Front Vise
More Information
Brand Rockler
Weight 14.1500
Tech Spec
  • 8-3/4" overall travel before adding wooden jaw.
  • 6" on-center guide rods.
  • Includes hardwood handle.
  • Mounting hardware (1/4" lag bolts) not included.
Technical Documents
Jaw Width 9"
Style Front Vise
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Great vice - real craftsman feel - could use a template.
This has a great feel and is heavy and solid! Very effective now that it’s in place. Dog holes coming soon.

The design of my bench has the upper frame inset from the edge of the workbench top, so that I can clamp all the way around. If it were flush to the outside edge, then that frame would also be the backplate for the vice. Unfortunately, in this case I needed to drill through 3 boards for the guide rods and gear rod. The frame and backplate were in place when the vice arrived, so I couldn’t lay them flat on the bench to drill. If there were a template, that may have helped. I burned a lot of time trying to get the holes aligned so that the rods could pass and still fit within the receiving bracket on the other side. Forstner/Marley bits ended up being the 5th and final solution for hand drilling while standing next to the bench.

Love the look of it!
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Hard maple on the benchtop and the front and back plates of the vice.
I really could have used a template to make sure the holes for the guide rods were perfectly aligned
April 21, 2019
Purchased
3 weeks ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
what a big finish
This looks great on my roubo styled bench, with 1 1/2" oak faces this looks very strong indeed.
March 31, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
New Vise and Bench
I wanted a good side vise for a bench I was building, kind of a poor man's Roubo style bench. Mostly made out of common pine 2x4's and 2x6's with some heavy oak inserts for the bench dog holes. I'm really happy with the vise except it would have been helpful to have an instruction sheet. I was able to figure that out though. Will probably buy and install the end vise in the near future as well. Very prompt shipping as usual with Rockler.
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February 22, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Very Nice Vise for the Price
The most common complaint I saw in the reviews was the absence of installation instructions and a template. Here is how I installed it: Per the instructions on the box separate the vise into two sections, and clamp the vise plate under the bench top and flush against the bench mounted vise block (or, if possible, clamp the wooden vise block to it's position on the bench; and permanently mount it later). Using carpet tape, attach the vise face to wooden vise block. Put a 3/4" drill bit (preferably a forstner bit) through the vise plate holes for the guide rods and screw and mark the wooden vise block. Now either remove the vise block and attached vise face and drill through both on a drill press or use a hand drill if the vise block is permanently mounted. Separate the vise face and reassemble the vise.This procedure eliminates the errors attendant to attempting to measure for the location of the holes. I used a 7/8" forstner bit to drill the holes and it gave plenty of excess space for any slight misalignment. OBTW, I've had zero problems with the quick release feature.
February 12, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
A very robust vise.
Great vise. Face plate proud by 3 inches to hold large pieces vertically with pegs.
Great vise. Face plate proud by 3 inches to hold large pieces vertically with pegs.
February 2, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great addition to the bench
Vise is terrific. Installation is simple and it's fun to "personalize" it with the wood jaws you make yourself.
December 13, 2018
Purchased
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Working great so far. Should have come with installation instructions.
December 3, 2018
Purchased
5 months ago
Should have bought this years ago instead of messing around with a 6” vise!
Installed this vise at the end of my work/runout bench with a 21” wide hardwood face. This lets me securely clamp long boards. Slight racking of face when clamping at end of 21” face with the guide rods at 6” centers but that was my choice and not a big problem. Quarter turn quick release works great.
Instructions were just so-so. Installation not a problem with a little planning.
Instructions were just so-so. Installation not a problem with a little planning.
November 30, 2018
Purchased
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Quality Product
The Rockler Quick Release Front Vise was delivered on time and installed within 1 hour. I installed both a quick release end vise and this front vise on a newly built workbench. Hard to fine quality like this these days. Recommend purchase.
November 30, 2018
Purchased
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Nice vice for the cost!
So far this was an excellent addition to my work bench. Plan on purchasing the end vice soon.
November 27, 2018
Purchased
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
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Why did you choose this?
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My friend just installed one on a workbench we made him. It works great. I'm putting this one on a mini-workbench.
Dan B on Apr 5, 2019
Pay for my shipping and I'll tell you why I chose this item.
Rudy L on Mar 21, 2019
My friend just installed one on a workbench we made him. It works great. I'm putting this one on a mini-workbench.
Dan B on Apr 5, 2019
I had seen this and messed with it when I visited the Rockler Altamonte store for a hand planer demo...it looks and feels solid. I'm nearly done crafting my workbench and wanted something that fit the look. I readied 2 pieces of hard maple left over from the top of the bench that will work perfectly as the jaws for this vice.
John R on Mar 29, 2019
Pay for my shipping and I'll tell you why I chose this item.
Rudy L on Mar 21, 2019
nice bench needs a nice vise
Armenta Properties A on Mar 10, 2019
Looked like the right tool for the job at a competitive price.
Nathan F on Feb 21, 2019
Son requested it as a gift
Wesley G on Feb 16, 2019
Reviews and pricing
J L on Jan 13, 2019
Price and quality. It is perfect for what I need.
Steve H on Jan 2, 2019
I got the tail vise, and it's pretty great
William A on Dec 21, 2018
Looked like the best overall value for a retrofit front vise.
Michael P on Nov 19, 2018
Good quality and price
Don C on Nov 15, 2018
Like the quick release and size.
Louis K on Nov 15, 2018
Christmas gift
Ronny D on Nov 14, 2018
built a new bench and needed a quick release vise.
danny boy on Nov 13, 2018
my dad has one and loved it.
Tim B on Nov 12, 2018
This vice will work well with using similar wood for the jaws. This is why I chose this over a vice that sticks up over the edge of the workbench.
Eric P on Nov 12, 2018
New bench top
Gilbert G on Nov 11, 2018
Had a work bench but no vise.
Carroll P on Nov 10, 2018
Good price
Tom M on Nov 10, 2018
Good price/ quality of your products has been very good
Dennis B on Nov 9, 2018
Building a workbench.
Harrold G on Nov 9, 2018
Rockler quality and great price.
Norbert H on Nov 9, 2018
great price for good vice
Robert V on Nov 9, 2018
I've wanted one for a while. suitable discount offered..............
pete on Nov 9, 2018
Don't ever trust Harbor Freight products to work properly. Lesson learned
RALPH J on Jul 23, 2018
new bench
Sam A on Jun 22, 2018
Good quality plus ease of shipping to Alaska
Richard N on Jun 1, 2018
new bench needed vise
Michael B on May 17, 2018
price and will not scar wood I am working on since it is wood itself.
CODY M on May 16, 2018
On Sale
Mike on May 15, 2018
Great deal on sale. Strong reviews.
Jonas S on May 15, 2018
I needed a vise.
Gordon P on May 14, 2018
Looks like a good vise and on sale
James O on May 12, 2018
Great price on a needed addition to my shop. Been using clamps to substitute for a vise. This will be most welcome.
Anthony C on May 12, 2018
An economical choice for a bench vise that does most everything I need for making wood components.
George V on Apr 24, 2018
Been looking for a good bench vise and thid one looked like a good buy.
Buddy on Apr 4, 2018
Looks like a great item to use.
Ellen S on Mar 28, 2018
Pretty solid ratings.
Mark C on Mar 24, 2018
I have a bench with two vises but no quick release. I plan on adding this - I've always wanted one and seeing it on sale made up my mind.
Thomas J G on Mar 1, 2018
I am building a new workbench for my shop and this is the vise I chose to add to it. I have a number of Rockler products in my shop and have been happy with their quality and performance. Looking forward to receiving and installing this new vise.
DAVE B on Feb 27, 2018
offer from Wood Magazine
Ellen C on Feb 24, 2018
Have purchased from Rockler before, hassle free and quality tools. Quick and easy, time is money.
Joseph D on Feb 18, 2018
Good reviews
Klay M K on Feb 7, 2018
This is for my husband's workshop, it is something he wanted to use his projects.
Karen O on Jan 2, 2018
building a workbench
Claude M on Dec 24, 2017
Love the vice
Michael T on Dec 22, 2017
Sale
Roger W on Dec 21, 2017
i need it.
Crane C on Dec 21, 2017
I need a new vise
Jan V on Dec 18, 2017
Great price, great reviews
Ian B on Dec 18, 2017
I had seen this and messed with it when I visited the Rockler Altamonte store for a hand planer demo...it looks and feels solid. I'm nearly done crafting my workbench and wanted something that fit the look. I readied 2 pieces of hard maple left over from the top of the bench that will work perfectly as the jaws for this vice.
John R on Mar 29, 2019
nice bench needs a nice vise
Armenta Properties A on Mar 10, 2019
My bench is 2 3/4" Bamboo. How long should the lag bolts be that mount this vise underneath?
DAVID O on Dec 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I was able to use 2” carriage bolt on a 1 3/4” top, but I countersunk them. So 3” for you, or 3 1/2” if you flush mount.
What are the dementions of this vice? Width and over all lenght?
James on May 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 17 5/8" long, 2 1/2" high, 9 5/16" wide.
Looking at the picture, I am concerned that I would not be able to stand a board vertically in order to cut dovetails or tenons. It looks like the alignment rods will get in the way. Would I be able to overcome this by making the wood jaws wider then shown in the pictures? or is this not a problem? Thanks
Dean T on Jan 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You can make the jaws wider. My vise jaws are 20" wide which gives me 6&3/4" to one side to hold boards vertically. I believe that is enough to dove tail an 8" board just fine. Anything wider consider building a Moxon Vise in addition to this one.
Where is this vise made?
Benoit on Nov 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This is made in Taiwan.
the "swinging door" on my self release nut keeps falling off. It is on my left when facing vise. Do you think it is assembled wrong? Let me know.
monte b on Sep 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I had the same issue when I reinstalled the vise on a new bench. I had installed the bottom plate backwards. Yes it fits nice either way, but the knob on the plate should be on the left when looking at the bench. It would be nice if the directions stated that or showed an image.
How do you assemble & position the quick release nut? The technical document is not helpful.
jim t on Oct 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The swinging "door" (smaller half) will be to the left, when facing the bench and looking at the vise.
Do you have to put two wooden jaws or just have the front jaw and use the bench top as the back jaw? The pictures and instructions show two different plans. I'm only worried that I'll lose too much vice by adding 3" of jaws (1 1/2 for each) which means the opening would only be 5 3/4
John W on Sep 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I opted to use 2 jaws that were the same hight to one another . My bench top was only 1 1/2 thick. I wanted more support. It's your choice.
How much vertical clearance do I need under my bench top?
Robin K on Oct 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Installed, the vertical clearance is 2 1/2 inches. But remember that you have to attach the vice mechanism from the underside.
Is it possible to use bench dogs with this vise? It doesn't look like there is an integral bench dog like some other vises.
Ethan F on Nov 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: yes. The vise does not come with the wood jaws. You can drill a 1" hole in the vise jaw and then line them up with holes in the table.
What kind of wood do you recommend for the jaws?
Sam B on Feb 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Sam,
You should use a hardwood, I used American white ash for mine and on another bench I built I used oak. Should be 1” thick minimum white ash was 1-1/4” thick and oak was
1-1/2” thick there are a lot of different hardwoods you can use. Hope this helps.
Some answers here indicate this vise can be installed without a rear vise jaw. Does anybody think this configuration causes any instability of the overall vise, since the guide rods don't have the added support of a rear vise jaw?
DAVID O on Dec 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: David,
I use the vise just like it is pictured. I have had no issues with it letting the wood slip. A rear block of wood will need the holes drilled for the rods so it won't offer that much more support if any. This vise is very heavy and stable holding wood when planning or whatever.
John H.
Where can I get some wooden jaws for this vise???
Fred W on May 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I made my own out of Oak. I planned it to insure that it was flat and cut it to fit.
Planning the install of this vise. Is there a suggested size of the vise face? It appears to be roughly 12" in the picture. Can I make it 24" ? Thanks. Bob
Bob W on Mar 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I ended up with a front and back face at 14 5/8 x 4 3/4 x 1 3/8 inches, for a few reasons. It works great.
Can this vice be assembled on a bench with skirts?
Dick M on Mar 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The bottom oft the vice is attached to the underside of the top. Don't know how wide the skirt is. If deeper that the countertop then you would have to drill holes in it or put a spacer between the vise and the underside of the countertop to clear the rods.
What is the maximum thickness of a benchtop that this can be installed under?
Ben E on Jan 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: mine is 3 inches. I really don't think it matters because you have to make a face plate for the vice. I really like this vice because you can use it no matter how thick your table is
Do you provide wood for vise jaws?
Grady W on Jun 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I made my own jaws with wood I had in my shop. I prefer 8/4 maple. Love the vice
How wide does this open?
Justin B on Nov 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The vice jaws open to 7 1/4”
Hi, what is the spacing of the GUIDE rods center to center? I.e. Outer left to outer right ignoring the center. Many thanks in advance.
Willow on Jan 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Center to center. Five and three quarter inches. Outside to outside. Six and a half inches
Vice arrives with a flimsey wire-tie holding the quick release: if I remove it the quick release (one side) falls out. I want to build cabinets underneith the bench and would not be able to replace this when it wears out: any answers?
hugh c on Apr 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I found this vice to be far less "beefy" than the one I was replacing. The old one (40+ years) cracked the cast iron follower on the quick release mechanism. I would not bury this or any vise where you could not access the quick release mechanism or replace the entire vise if necessary.
What clearance is needed under the bench? (Length and width)
Chadwick W on Apr 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Length 11 5/8 inches absolute minimum
Width 9 3/8 inches absolute minimum
Just installed vise and have bad problem with racking. Any suggestions ?
Benjamin on Dec 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Without knowing how you mounted the vise, I cannot answer the question. Can you send me pictures?
What is the warranty on this vise?the quick release part keeps falling off had problems since I bought it almost a year ago
RYAN G on Nov 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Probably installed it upside down. If installed correctly it can't fall off.
I'm trying to build a handle for mine, what diameter of ball is used on this? What is the overall length of the handle?

Thank you
Andrew K on Feb 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The handle that comes with the vise is: 2" ball and 12 1/2" overall length.
What are the dimensions of the mounting plate (the part that screws into the bottom of the bench top)? Thanks!
Ziflin on Jul 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 3 7/16 x 9 5/16
What are the exact dimensions of the vise plate? Can you remove the rear plate (presumably by unscrewing the hex head screw)?
Richard on Mar 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 8 1/2" end to end and 2 3/8" top to bottom at the widest point. Yes, you can remove the rear plate using a hex wrench.
What is the difference between a front vise and a rear vise besides where one decides to locate it on a work bench?
Jim Q on Nov 10, 2018