What is a pipe vice?
A pipe vice is a plumbing tool used to hold pipe or tubing securely so that it can be cut or threaded.
Pipe vices are also useful for pipe welding.
In a manufacturing environment, a pipe vice is a critical piece of apparatus in the assembly of pipeline components.
Types of pipe vice
There are two types of pipe vice: chain pipe vices and hinged pipe vices.
For more information see What is a chain pipe vice? and What is a hinged pipe vice?
The capacity of a pipe vice is the largest size pipe that the tool can accommodate.
Most vices can hold pipe as small as 3mm (1⁄8") in diameter, but the ranges of sizes of pipe that can be held can vary considerably.
Some can only be used to hold pipe of a diameter of 50mm (2"), whereas others can hold pipe as large as 200mm (8") in diameter.
Pipe vices can be either fitted onto a workbench, or used with a specialised, mobile tripod stand outside the workshop.
Whether or not a stand is used to support the tool depends upon the needs of the user and the job in hand.
For more information on tripod stands, see: