I need a quick opinion on bench vises as Cyber Monday has started.
1) I have decided after trying to use a reamer on my cut struts to fit the insert that my rinky dink HF one isn't good enough anymore. It's done well for the $6 or something stupid I paid for it but it's done.
By technical specs, I want something that is >40LBs and has an maximum jaw width of +/- 6".
2) "They Don't Make them Like they Used To". While I know my buddy Dan has a fantastic beast he inherited from his daddy, I've also seen that most of the ones I've found on CL are beat to hell and will cost as much as a new one (people are very proud of their vises in the two cities in which I can get one purchased and delivered to me - Boise & Bay Area CA). This pricing is pretty stupid.
SF bay area for sale "bench vise" - craigslist
I've posted on some neighborhood forums (nextdoor.com) in case some granny is cleaning out here garage but haven't gotten any nibbles on someone's old vise they don't need anymore.
BTW - OLD VISE BUYER'S GUIDE
Everything you need to know about bench vises... - The Garage Journal Board
3) Doing my research, I'm not willing to spend the $$$ (basically the cost of a tbird) on a made-in-the-USA Bench Vise of quality repute. Example: Wilton's bullet style or YOST vise @ $450+.
This leaves me with two options which are:
a) good enough to have replacement parts available
b) still made in China but with allegedly american QC
c) Lifetime warranty
-- both of which I can get for an additional 20% off from JET.COM because those people haven't heard that the bubble popped and they are still giving money away.
For those of you who are tool nerds, I'd like your opinions.
OPTION1: Wilton 656HD @ $144 - 20% = $115 shipped
30K PSI casting
Jaw width: 6"
Jaw opening: 6"
Throat depth: 4-3/16"
Pipe jaw capacity: 1/8-3"
Can swivel: 180 degrees
Different Jawcaps available
OPTION2: Wilton WS8 JWL63304 @ $169 - 20% (max $30): $139 shipped
30K PSI casting
Replaceable top jaws and built-in pipe jaws
Jaw Opening 8"
Jaw Width 8"
Pipe Capacity 3/4" to 3"
Throat Depth 4"
360 swivel base with double lockdown for quick and easy positioning
Q: Which one would you buy? I'm leaning towards the WS8.