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Rockler 9'' Quick Release Workbench Vise

A quality vise to add to your workbench.
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  • Easy to install.
  • Jaws are drilled out for easy attachment of wooden vise pads.
  • Features adjustable pop-up dog on vise face for clamping panels in conjunction with bench dogs.
  • Manufactured from close-grained cast iron with hardwood handle.
  • (1) Rockler 9'' Quick Release Workbench Vise
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    Brand Rockler
    Weight 29.9500
    Tech Spec
    • Designed for benches up to 2-1/4" thick
    • 9'' Wide jaws with 13'' opening capacity
    • Vise face: 2-7/8'' high
    • Screw Diameter: 7/8''
    Jaw Opening 13"
    Jaw Width 9"
    Style Workbench Vise
    4.4 / 5.0
    82 Reviews
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    Great vise
    Using the vise for a month + now. I initially had an issue with it maintaining pressure (and read another review with the same issue). I thought a part had broken, but it turned out it was user error - I didn’t allow enough clearance for a bearing to turn which was stopping the vise from fully engaging. Once I made more space, problem solved.

    The quick release process takes some getting used to, but you’re talking about a day or two. You loosen a half turn or so, and pull. I find it to be very efficient.
    June 4, 2020
    2 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Great Vice
    Perfect for my needs and very easy to install.
    Used leftover Maple Butcher block for the vice jaws.
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    March 27, 2020
    4 months ago
    Great Vise!
    This is the best vise I have used. The quick release works great. I have another cheap quick release vise with a lever but I like this style even better with the release built right into the tightening mechanism. The handle is very comfortable. Contrary to previous reviews I read, the jaws came together perfectly square to each other.
    March 17, 2020
    4 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Heavy duty and very smooth
    This is a high quality vice and it operates very smoothly. In my installation, it was far easier to remove the back and the screw and then put it back. It would have been useful if the instructions explained how to do that, but I figured it out.

    One note. The threaded holes used to mount the wood jaws were painted in pretty badly. When I tried to put in a screw, I could tell the threads were starting to strip. I stopped immediately and went and bought a metric tap. I used the tap to clean the threads and everything was fine. However, it would have been good if they had put a plug in the holes before painting, so they would not be full of paint. Otherwise, it was fine.
    March 9, 2020
    5 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Rocker vise
    Getting it for Christmas have not install but very heavy built seems well made will up date when installed
    December 13, 2019
    7 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Good basic vise
    Easy install and great vise
    November 20, 2019
    8 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    quality vise at a good price
    I used this vise, on a workbench I was building, I think it is important to incorporate whatever details you plan on your bench in your design, that made installation a breeze, this vise has a rear plate/ jaw and mounting plate that will require some thought if used in retrofitting your bench if you want it jaw mount flush ( under mount along with skirt/ rails will require thought )
    I bought on sale and for that price I don't think you could buy a better one.
    September 25, 2019
    10 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Bench vise
    This works great the quick release took some time to get used to. Other than that it's fantastic
    September 20, 2019
    10 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Easy to install - works smoothly
    Installation was straight forward and easy to adapt to thickness of my bench top, This vice is my first - works well - just what I was looking for.
    September 18, 2019
    10 months ago
    Great vise, great deal
    Great deal, works smoothly and huge opening distance, can’t believe I got this for so little. Template made installation easy. Suggest using a buddy for help installing - this vise is heavy for one person
    September 8, 2019
    10 months ago
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    Why did you choose this?
    Rockler Store
    Great price and Rockler reputation for quality woodworker tools.
    Matthew W on Jul 2, 2020
    More substantial tool than others reviewed : more iron in mounting base, full size handle, deeper throat.
    John S on Jun 29, 2020
    Great price and Rockler reputation for quality woodworker tools.
    Matthew W on Jul 2, 2020
    Needed a good vice and this seems to fit the bill.
    Eric on Jun 30, 2020
    More substantial tool than others reviewed : more iron in mounting base, full size handle, deeper throat.
    John S on Jun 29, 2020
    Great reviews and on sale!
    Michael H on Jun 21, 2020
    size quality quick release value
    Mike T on Jun 20, 2020
    Son's Birthday!
    Michael R on Jun 15, 2020
    Reviews show this to be a recommended and quality bench vise at a reasonable price. I wanted an upgrade from my current 7" metal jaw bench vise to something a little larger and more substantial...This vise fits the bill..
    Carlos J. C on Jun 13, 2020
    My father-in-law has this exact vise and it’s amazing to work with. Built well and when on sale priced perfectly.
    kaetwo k on Jun 12, 2020
    Looking for a good vise for my first workbench!
    GWENYTH A on Jun 12, 2020
    I needed a good quality vice that I could place soft jaws in to hold my wood projects
    Ian M on May 30, 2020
    Great reviews
    Philip C on May 29, 2020
    Replacing a smaller bench vise.
    Tim K on May 29, 2020
    I have wanted this for quite a while.
    James J on May 20, 2020
    To add to my new workbench.
    Jeffery J on May 6, 2020
    Look exactly what I need
    Noel B on Apr 18, 2020
    Was recommended in my Woodsmith Plan for my workbench
    Neil C on Mar 31, 2020
    reviews and price on sale
    Dave L on Feb 27, 2020
    Rockler quality and reasonable price.
    Tony H on Feb 23, 2020
    Building a new bench and found more features for the money with this vise.
    Ronald G on Feb 22, 2020
    on sale
    joel h on Feb 21, 2020
    I like to buy quality and I know Rockler is quality. I am looking forward to many years of use from this Vise
    John W on Feb 11, 2020
    I'm building a workbench and a quick release vice is a must.
    Lance D on Oct 24, 2019
    Building a new workbench and needed a good vise!
    Jerry S on Oct 15, 2019
    Workbench/Outfeed Table project from Fine Woodworking.
    Thomas S on Aug 29, 2019
    Great recommendations from makerspace community and it is on sale.
    Susan Fisher U on Aug 27, 2019
    To work in tandem with same model purchased ten years ago and still going strong!
    Donald K on Aug 26, 2019
    building a bench, needed a vice, price
    ROBERT M S on Aug 26, 2019
    Building a second workbench and this vise is what I was looking for.
    David A on Jun 20, 2019
    My current vise is smaller and not quick release and this one finally went on sale.
    JOE P on Jun 7, 2019
    On sale and needed one.
    Don on Jun 4, 2019
    Was suggested by a professional woodworker
    CAROL S on Jul 24, 2018
    I am using the vise on my shop built workbench
    MARK H on Jun 9, 2018
    I was looking for a Jorgensen quick release because I have one now. Couldn't find the Jorgensen so I looked to see what Rockler had. This vice looks nice.
    DONALD W J on Apr 25, 2018
    Rockler reputation in general, Paul Sellers video in particular.
    Thomas E on Feb 25, 2018
    Looks solid and reliable
    Derek M on Feb 18, 2018
    I need a large vice for the side of my bench.
    Jim on Dec 26, 2017
    N/A N on Dec 12, 2017
    price and quality
    Annelies H on Dec 9, 2017
    This seems to be my best option for a vise which opens 13 inch wide.
    Troy E on Nov 19, 2017
    george w on Sep 11, 2017
    Built a work bench for a friend using this vise. Works great. Building another bench so I am installing another.
    LAWRENCE H on Sep 8, 2017
    I needed a good woodworking vise. My regular vise would tear up my wood.
    Nathan M on Jul 15, 2017
    Used it at a workshop, simple , no frills, effective, just what I need
    Bruce B on Jul 7, 2017
    I buy tools only when I really need them; and then I prefer to spend a little extra for a good quality tool that will (hopefully) perform very well and last a long time. That's what I expect from this Rockler 9" vice.
    Matt L on Jun 19, 2017
    Stumpy Nubs recommended.
    Dennis the Broker on May 9, 2017
    Reminds me of the vise I had years ago.
    Patricia F on May 1, 2017
    It had all the features I needed, such as a large wooden handle and it will fit a bench 1 3/4 " thick.
    Robert T on Mar 24, 2017
    Need another one.
    Patrick L on Mar 17, 2017
    Recommended by plans for workbench by Woods mith Plans
    Leroy K on Mar 6, 2017
    didn't have one
    CASEY S on Mar 5, 2017
    Needed a good vice and this seems to fit the bill.
    Eric on Jun 30, 2020
    Great reviews and on sale!
    Michael H on Jun 21, 2020
    What size and gauge of bolts are needed to install wooden jaws? It seems to have threaded bolt hole a on the cast iron jaws.
    Ruskin H on Jan 22, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: The threaded holes for mounting wooden pads to the jaw faces are 5/16" - 18 TPI. These mounting holes are located 1" down from the top of the jaws and centered 6-3/4" apart.
    Where was this manufactured?
    A shopper on May 25, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Taiwan
    Is this vise installed under bench top?
    Dennis on Jan 8, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: The simple answer is, yes. The only problem I had was that I did not install the vise when I built my bench and had to trim about 1/4" from the underside of the bench to raise the vise enough so the pop-up dog would be high enough to use properly. I had to do this while laying on my back and using my router over my head. Not a lot of fun. Other than that self generated problem, the vise is great! Don't know why I waited so long or how I ever got along without it.
    what does quick release mean?
    bob m on May 4, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Once you’re ready to un-clamp the vice, instead of fully unscrewing the vice to release what is clamped in the jaws, you only have to turn the handle a quarter to a half of a turn to engage the quick release mechanism. Then you just pull the handle to separate the vice’s jaws, hence “quick release”. It works great!
    I bought this vise yesterday. Is is possible to disassemble it so you can install it by drilling holes for the guide bars in your apron? There is a little pin in the back of the rear jaw but it doesn't really budge. Before I do anything I would like to see if anyone else has installed by drilling out holes in the apron of the table.
    Peter M on Dec 28, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: You can take it apart but I don't recommend it. I used clamps to hold it in place to attach to the bench
    I've had this vice for about 4-1/2 years, and I mounted it as a front vice on my workbench with no problem. Initially the QR would "stick" occasionally and I'd have to remove the workpiece from the vice and then screw it all the way in, at which point the QR could finally backup and then "release" (with a loud pop). When I went back to Rockler to return it, I was told that was not uncommon with this vice, and that the vice would "wear in" (break in) after a little use. That problem did go away after about 4 months of use. But about 18 months ago the QR began "popping open" completely (occasionally at first but now about 98% of the time) completely releasing the piece I'm working on - usually when I'm tightening the screw, and almost always if I'm sanding or sawing a piece in the vice (anything with rhythmic vibration seems to do it). At ths point the vice is essentially a useless piece.

    Did I get a lemon or is there an easy fix? (and yes, my gut feeling is that I should have insisted on returning it in the first place, but I let myself get talked out of it). I don't think a vice like this should wear out quite so quickly - my other bench vice is over 20 years old and has never given me a single problem.
    Airedad on Mar 1, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Installed easily and holding power is great it is even on pressure and I like the slip drive .
    Can I mount it on a 4 1/2 inch thick torsion box table and attach extra tall wooden jaw pieces to bring it flush with the surface?
    Jim C on May 30, 2020
    BEST ANSWER: This vice can be mounted to just about any flat surface. Just take into consideration that the base should be heavy enough for the work or pressure that the vice will be used for. I would recommend the base of the vice be mounted to wood that is 1 1/2 inches thick.
    Does it work for bench 2 and 3/4 inch thick?
    Bruce B on Jul 3, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: it's designed to be used on benches up to 2-1/4" thick....however, an extra 1/2" is no big deal...just make your wooden inserts extend up that extra 1/2" to stay flush with your benchtop...
    How big of a wood piece can I put on the front yaw realistically? Are there any guide lines when it comes to how long the hardwood piece should be? Same question goes for the thickness. Since there already is a bench dog on the front jaw the wood doesn't have to be 2 inch thick...or should it still be rather thick?
    Peter M on Dec 30, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: I am not aware of any guidelines ,but would limit the overhang to no more than 2 inches on each side, The faces don't have to be very thick, I stuck with 3/4 inch oak faces and it works well.
    I recently made a jig for bending steamed wood with the vise. The first attempt worked well. Each subsequent attempt ended in failure as the vice kept "slipping" and wouldn't allow me to apply enough pressure to bend the wood. Is there a way to "tighten" up the vise so it doesn't slip as you tighten it? Is this typical of quick release vices?
    ron S on May 31, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: I'm guessing that your first attemp required tightening the vise several turns of the handle, but subsiquent attempts only required snuggling it up because you didn't open it much to release the first piece, my guess is the pawl on the threaded shaft didn't get engaged enough to bite. I'd try opening the vice and then close it with the handle.
    My guess.
    I just installed this vise into my bench, but it doesn't "engage". In other words I can't clamp anything. Can someone tell me what's wrong?
    Mark C on Oct 7, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: When I turn the handle clockwise it automatically engages the clamping mechanism. continue turning to clap it down.
    to release, turm counter clockwise a full turn & it releases the clamping mechanism the you can pull the jaws all the way open. hope this helps.
    My question is similar to Peter M. My bench is designed with a 10" apron across the front. I ordered the vise, but it will be 7-10 days before delivery. Meanwhile I am building the bench. The vise is obviously designed for a table or bench without an apron. The Vise Instructions online do little to inform me about the rear of the inner jaw. Do I cut out a slot from the apron where the vise will be mounted? Cutting it now, before assembly, would be easier. How deep a slot? I wish there was a schematic online to answer these questions. Why isn't there one, Rockler?
    Ronald G on Feb 23, 2020
    BEST ANSWER: The rear jaw of the vice must be flush with the top of bench. If the top is thicker, you will have to cut out enough to allow the jaw to be flush. If thinner then a shim would be necessary . The apron must be cut to allow the workpiece to be clamped. If the apron is flush with the top edge, just cut out enough for the vice. If it’s attached to the edge you could leave it. Just cut out under the top.
    What are the dimensions of the faces of the vise?
    turbocelt on Aug 1, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: I have maple 3" x 9" boards screwed to the faces, fit perfectly.
    I have built a sturdy workbench, but the bench top is 3/4" plywood. Is this thick enough to mount the 9" bench vise? Can I mount it by building up the thickness from underneath?

    Jackhulse on Jul 12, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: My bench is 1 1/2" Thick ( 2x4). I had to add 3/4" plywood under the vise. That put the top of the vise about 1/8" below the table height. It works perfect for me.
    Hope this helps.
    Can you buy parts for this vice. ?My quick release is worn out. The special nut is stripped.
    michael m on Apr 29, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: You stripped out the cast iron piece? Are you sure it does not just need a little oil? It seems to me the holding mechanism would not work either if it were stripped... Call rockler if you are sure that is the problem. ...might be cranking too hard if you really did strip it out though
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