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How to use a milling vice

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instruction manual Here are a few quick and easy steps explaining how to use your milling vice.
milling vice on milling table

Step 1 – Attach vice

Before using your milling vice with a machine, you should ensure it is firmly mounted to the machine’s table. For more information on mounting, visit  How to mount a machine vice.

marking a cut line

Step 2 – Mark cut line

Mark the line that you wish to cut on your workpiece.

 Donkee says 'use a scriber rather than a pencil to mark a guideline'
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Step 3 – Open jaws

Open the jaws of the vice by rotating the handle in an anti-clockwise direction.

metal workpiece clamped in vice

Step 4 – Position workpiece

Next, place your workpiece into the open vice jaws.  At this point, make sure the body of the workpiece is placed firmly into the jaws, and as far down the vice’s throat as possible.

workpiece wrongly clamped in vice This is due to the huge amount of pressure that is exerted from the cutter, which could cause the workpiece to spin if not clamped properly.
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Step 5 – Close jaws

Secure the workpiece within the jaws by rotating the handle clockwise. Close the jaws tightly, ensuring there is no possibility of the workpiece slipping out of place.

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Step 6 – Align cutter

Making sure the machine is off, align the cutter with the workpiece.

milling machine dial indicator To get an accurate alignment, you may need to use a dial indicator, which is a tool used to accurately measure and amplify small angles and distances during machining.
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Step 7 – Mill

When ready, turn the milling machine on and slowly begin the milling operation.

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