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Rockler 9'' Quick Release Workbench Vise

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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
    4.5 / 5.0
    74 Reviews
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    Rocker vise
    Getting it for Christmas have not install but very heavy built seems well made will up date when installed
    December 13, 2019
    2 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Good basic vise
    Easy install and great vise
    November 20, 2019
    2 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
    4 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
    4 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
    5 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
    5 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    9' Vise
    Excellant Vice using the heck out it
    September 5, 2019
    4 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    A great addition to my workbench
    I built up the 3/4" workbench top with a 2x6 and 1/4" piece of plywood. I embedded the vice into the front of my workbench. I added a 1x4 piece of maple to make the front of my workbench a long clamping surface and added a piece of maple to the clamp. The clamp can easily slide in and out when the handle is rotated CCW and clamp when rotated CW. It works well.
    Embedded the vice into my well used workbench.
    Embedded the vice into my well used workbench.
    August 15, 2019
    5 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Work Horse
    Great vise, holds tight and releases easily. No complaints.
    July 29, 2019
    6 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Very good product
    I love it just what I was looking for very easy to install
    July 17, 2019
    7 months ago
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    Why did you choose this?
    Rockler Store
    I'm building a workbench and a quick release vice is a must.
    Lance D on Oct 24, 2019
    Workbench/Outfeed Table project from Fine Woodworking.
    Thomas S on Aug 29, 2019
    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.
    James K 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
    Liked the large wooden handle
    Joe on Jan 22, 2017
    it has large wooden (easy to use) handle and is 9" wide.
    Ralph327 on Jan 17, 2017
    I have looked at several quick release workbench vises, both in-store and online. This one appears to have good reviews, meets the specifications that I need for my new workbench, and is a trusted brand.
    M Chris R on Jan 8, 2017
    I need a vise and the built-in bench dog seems handy.
    Thomas T on Dec 30, 2016
    Building a workbench
    Austin A on Dec 28, 2016
    The best option, by far, for the need.
    Guil N on Dec 24, 2016
    My son wanted this for Christmas.
    Tom F on Dec 12, 2016
    nice vise at reasonable price
    Curtis T on Nov 3, 2016
    building a workbench
    Anthony L on Oct 10, 2016
    Robert S on Sep 29, 2016
    because i need the device.
    john p on Sep 10, 2016
    wanted a quality vise
    Darrell S on Aug 31, 2016
    on sale
    Tom K on Jul 12, 2016
    low cost
    David S on Jul 6, 2016
    It was on sale and I need a woodworkng vise bc currently I dont have one.
    Richard R on Jul 5, 2016
    My current vise stopped working properly and apparently can't be fixed.
    Ronald C on Jun 27, 2016
    I ordered this vise to attach to my work table.
    RJ on Jun 26, 2016
    Victor P on Jun 25, 2016
    This item was recommended in the plans for a workbench I'm building from the ground up. I got an email from Rockler for $40 off and jumped on it. I'm pretty excited for it to arrive. Lots of good reviews.
    Brian S on Jun 25, 2016
    advise of a friend
    Richard D on Apr 24, 2016
    Made my own workbench, very happy with the quality and the way it works
    REX H on Mar 7, 2016
    Building a new workbench and needed a good vise!
    Jerry S on Oct 15, 2019
    Great recommendations from makerspace community and it is on sale.
    Susan Fisher U on Aug 27, 2019
    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.
    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 .
    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!
    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.
    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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