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Rockler Heavy Duty Quick Release Front Vise

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.
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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.

  • 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
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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.
Jaw Width 9"
Style Front Vise
4.3 / 5.0
171 Reviews
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Would recommend
Easy to install and uses with ease, releasing the wood work project quickly.
January 18, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very good vice.
I had no trouble installing it. The mechanism is nicely designed and made. So far absolutely no problems in use!
December 23, 2019
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
vise works great! should've bought one sooner.
December 16, 2019
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
I would highly recommend this product very well built and easy to install
December 11, 2019
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great product! Easy to install. Strong grip. Awesome quick release.
December 11, 2019
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
I haven’t installed yet. Looks heavy duty and well price
December 10, 2019
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great vise for my workshop.
Excellent vise especially with Christmas sale...
Excellent vise, works great on my assembly bench.
Well worth it with Christmas sale price ...
December 7, 2019
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
works great, very sturdy and quick release useful
works great, very sturdy and quick release useful
December 2, 2019
8 months ago
Excellent wood vise.
The front bench vise is well engineered and fairly easy to install.
Front jaw is 1" oak, back jaw is 1/2" oak.  Each jaw measures 6 1/2" by 14".
Jaws open to approximately 7 1/2" with 4 1/2" above guide rods.
November 22, 2019
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Quick release vice
I installed this vice on my bench and though I haven't done much with it yet it seems to work as advertised and has a much better grip than my old smaller wood vise.
November 22, 2019
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
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Three in the shop already, no hesitation buying another.
TOM J on Jan 23, 2020
Been waiting for years to have a woodworking vise! This looks perfect for my setup.
Ronald S on Jan 7, 2020
Three in the shop already, no hesitation buying another.
TOM J on Jan 23, 2020
Solid well built vise comes highly recommended.
Michael F on Jan 12, 2020
Been waiting for years to have a woodworking vise! This looks perfect for my setup.
Ronald S on Jan 7, 2020
upgrading bench
David M on Dec 31, 2019
Need additional vise for bench.
Kevin I on Dec 20, 2019
Building new bench
Scott F on Dec 15, 2019
New bench build
craig f on Dec 13, 2019
Setting up new workbench
Rex E on Dec 11, 2019
improving my workbench and it fits my application
john b on Dec 4, 2019
husband wants for xmas
joanne k on Nov 16, 2019
On Sale
Kerry N on Nov 16, 2019
To fit a workbench
Ronald P on Nov 16, 2019
sale price and good reviews
TONY F on Nov 16, 2019
I about to build a new work bench. This vise should work perfectly. The sale price helps too.
Robert H on Nov 16, 2019
Impressed with Rockler products
Steve H on Nov 15, 2019
My husband's been wanting this for his workbench and saw it at Rockler. Very happy to get it on sale!
Donna M on Nov 15, 2019
It was on sale and substantially better quality than my current Irwin woodworking vise.
Timothy M on Nov 15, 2019
Good price
Ed P on Nov 15, 2019
Have had my eye on this for a while, and the sale price prompted me to get it.
James H on Nov 15, 2019
very good sale price and I did not have a dedicated bench vise of this type
Donald M on Nov 14, 2019
Quick release is a must and large face.
Erin E. E on Nov 14, 2019
because i needed one and it was on sale
Truett T on Nov 14, 2019
great price
Scott L on Nov 14, 2019
I need one and I think this is a good price.
James P on Nov 12, 2019
Building a new work bench and need a vise. Reviews were good, and was on sale.
John R on Nov 11, 2019
I've wanted one for a long time and the price was good
John T Z on Nov 11, 2019
I've been wanting to add a vise to my main bench, and the price is right!
Paul W on Nov 10, 2019
Need a vise for a new work bench I built.
Scot B on Nov 10, 2019
vise for the workbench
Jerry L on Sep 24, 2019
Great sale price! I ordered the exact same item in December and paid full price. I am making a work bench and will use one vice as the end vice and one vice as the face vice. Looks like great quality! (Now if I can find my receipt I'll try to get the sale price on the one I ordered in December) :)<br /><br />Love Rockler!
Patrick O on Sep 24, 2019
Been looking for one for a while that suited my needs but wouldn't break the bank.
Peter H on Sep 17, 2019
have ordered from rockler in the past,no problems,I trust them...
B B on Sep 16, 2019
Good price and looks like a quality vise. Needed one.
Simon B on Sep 15, 2019
Looks like a quality vise. I have gotten many quality tools, cabinet doors, woodworking supplies from Rockler through the years. No worries about my purchase.
Mike D on Sep 15, 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
Solid well built vise comes highly recommended.
Michael F on Jan 12, 2020
upgrading bench
David M on Dec 31, 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.
Woodworking newbie here. What are the pros and cons of this vise vs the one with cast iron jaws?
JeffR on Sep 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: If you're using it to hold wood, you'll want wood jaws. Metal jaws would dent and gouge your wood. Also, the way this one is built you mount it underneath so it basically becomes a part of your bench. Every vise I've seen with metal jaws mounts to the top of the bench and takes up valuable space. Just my two cents, but I've been very happy with this vise.
What kind of wood do you recommend for the jaws?
Sam B on Feb 15, 2019
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
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.
What thickness bench does this work with?
Kenneth H on Nov 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Kenneth, I mounted mine on the side of my table saw outfeed table which it 3/4 plywood mounted on 2 x 4 frame. I just added extra 2 x 4 underneath. The vise is an under mount so the thickness of your bench will determine the depth of your jaws. In my case I achieved 4 1/4" deep jaws. Hope this helps.
Typical depth of the blocks from screw to top of the block?
Beans on Oct 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Not sure if I'm understanding your question correctly, but if you're asking how high the wood jaws rise above the vise screw, it's really up to you. You install the wood jaws (they are not included) and can make them as high as you want. I personally have a 3 inch thick bench top, and made the jaws flush with that.
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
Will this work for an end vise?b
John M on Sep 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I added a small mortise to receive a block and it work great.
How wide does this open?
Justin B on Nov 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The vice jaws open to 7 1/4”
What are the dimensions of the mounting plate?
Beans on Oct 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I assume you are referring to the vice face. I made mine 10 1/2" wide, 6 & 3/4 high 3/4" material should be a hard wood like oak or maple. I built it with a front and back face like the one on the box and not like the picture that came with the question. Reason better gripping, surface is larger than just the thickness of the bench top.
what are dimensions of the vise plate that attaches the vise to the bench?
Lillian B on May 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The vise plate is 3 7/16 by 9 5/16.
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.
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
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