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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

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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Good gripping vise a great investment
It’s a good product.
August 27, 2019
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Easy to set up
August 15, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
A very good product an I would recommend it for anyone
July 16, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Well worth it
Love this vice. Easy to assemble and great holding force!
July 6, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Used mine in a portable workbench
My portable workbench is 5” high by 24” wide by 12” deep. It can be clamped to my regular workbench at the best angle for me to work on what I want done. Love the utility this affords my work. This Rockler vise works perfectly.
June 30, 2019
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Squeeze it baby!
I'm in the process of adding square footage to my shop. (You can never have enough room). I'm building a new bench and once receiving my vise I checked it out thoroughly and knew instantly I made the right choice. High quality and probably weighed 10lbs.I'm looking fwd to adding this to my new table. Hey, it's a Rockler product-go for it!
June 28, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
great value. Would highly recommend . After I get my bench dogs in place I will like it even more.
June 18, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Pleasantly surprised for the price
I was going to go with a larger and more expensive front vise, but none were in stock when I was finally ready to order, so I figured I'd give this vise a chance, and I've been impressed so far. I made the vise jaw out of thick 8/4 rock maple, as well as the rear jaw on the bench (the bits that aren't part of the benchtop/leg). Quick release is so nice, especially coming from a DIY pipe clamp style vise I previously had to use.
Installing T-Track and dog holes for workbench surface clamping options
Opens just wide enough to accept a 6x6 (so just over 5 1/2")
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Thick rock maple vise jaw
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June 14, 2019
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Worth the money.
Worth the money. If you intend on using hand tools, spend the extra money in this vise. You may have to figure out how to adapt it to your bench as this is made to mount under a traditional woodworking bench. Take pictures of the mechanism before you take it apart. I used a 3/4 towel to mark the holes once I mounted the frame to the underside of bench. You may also want an extra hand to feed the rails into the frame.
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June 12, 2019
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Very happy with this product
Delivered in 2 days, this is a very heavy duty vise. Can't beat the price!
Very nice quick release vise. Super price!!!
Very nice quick release vise. Super price!!!
June 11, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Sale price and free shipping promotion code.
Ronald H on Sep 13, 2019
Always wanted one. The price was right.
Arlin B on Sep 7, 2019
Sale price and free shipping promotion code.
Ronald H on Sep 13, 2019
Reviews were good and it was on sale.
Keith A. D on Sep 13, 2019
Always wanted one. The price was right.
Arlin B on Sep 7, 2019
Been looking for a good price on bench vise, and grabbed this one. I like Rockler's products.
Robert T on Sep 4, 2019
I've been needing a good vise for my bench since I built it a couple years ago. Finally found one I like at a great price.
Mike S on Aug 30, 2019
Moved and had to abandon my old work bench.
Pete M on Jul 21, 2019
No need to cut a notch in my bench to fit the back side. Also allows holding long workpieces flush with the bench front.
Gino C on Jul 2, 2019
sale price
Ricky B on May 30, 2019
Great Price for a Quick Release Vise for my first workbench worth the Risk
Matthew G on May 26, 2019
Building a workbench and needed a vice.
Dennis U on May 23, 2019
Great reviews and great price!
Mike Russell C on May 21, 2019
Going to build a new workbench and the price is too good to pass up adding this to it.
Andrew Z on May 21, 2019
building my first workshop and need one!
markmabee on May 17, 2019
I needed a bench vise and it was on sale
m on May 14, 2019
It looks like a good product.
Michael T on May 13, 2019
Item was on sale and included free shipping.
Donald C on May 13, 2019
I need a vise
Keith M on May 13, 2019
Always wanted a bench vice but always found other ways to get the job done. Also sale price helps.
James M on May 13, 2019
Bought the quick release end vise and really liked the quality so I wanted to upgrade my front vise with the same type.
Kevin C on May 12, 2019
GREAT ON SALE PRICE!
Nick L on May 12, 2019
Perfect for routing and good price
Dan D on May 8, 2019
good price & features.
Lawrence L on May 4, 2019
Always wanted a good bench vice for woodworking
KENNETH K on May 4, 2019
Great price
Matthew E on May 3, 2019
ON SALE
Linda S on May 2, 2019
I have been looking to add one of these to my new bench for holding larger parts and holding large pieces with bench dogs
BRYAN G on May 2, 2019
Building an assembly/outfeed bench.
Daniel E on May 2, 2019
Building an outfeed table —
Don B on May 1, 2019
needed one, great offer 50% off...…..say no more
Bruce S on May 1, 2019
Looks solid and is assembled before receiving makes it even more attractive. Nice addition to work table. Looks so good I may have to refinish my work table. Thanks Rockler.
Gary H on May 1, 2019
I am getting ready to build a new work bench and will need a vise. The reviews are mostly good and the ones that aren’t I think are the people not the product.
Louis S on May 1, 2019
price and value
Needed a basic vice for a new bench I'm building - $50 discount "clamped" the deal (pun intended)
Joe Stoddard O on Apr 27, 2019
I expect it will be a good working vise and the 50 dollar discount is great.
R O on Apr 26, 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
Reviews were good and it was on sale.
Keith A. D on Sep 13, 2019
Been looking for a good price on bench vise, and grabbed this one. I like Rockler's products.
Robert T on Sep 4, 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?
TheSawDustWhiperer 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Could someone please link to the correct screws for the Vise Plate and the Vice Face? It says 1/4" lag bolts for the plate, but the plates holes are chamfered and my sockets start stripping before the screws go all the way in. Am I to use washers or are there chamfered lag bolts that I don't know about?
Allen K on Jul 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I have two of these vises and just used chamfered screws - not lag bolts - to hold the plate/face. Pre-drill the holes the right size and you should be fine.
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.
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
Will this work for an end vise?b
John M on Sep 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes
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 are dimensions of the vise plate that attaches the vise to the bench?
Lillian B on May 12, 2019
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