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How to use an engineer’s vice

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Before you begin

engineer's vice

Step 1 – Mount vice

Before using your vice, make sure it is securely mounted onto a stable surface, such as a workbench.

For more information on mounting, visit the page titled: ‘How to mount a metalworking vice’.

Using your vice

anti-clockwise

Step 2 – Open vice jaws

To open the vice jaws, turn the handle in an anti-clockwise direction.

open vice Keep turning the handle until the jaws are wide enough to accommodate the workpiece.
jaw pads on engineer's vice

Step 3 – Use jaw pads

If there is any risk of damaging or marring the workpiece, make sure to place jaw pads on the jaw surfaces before you clamp your object.

placing workpiece

Step 4 – Place workpiece

Place your workpiece within the jaws of the vice, with the back of the workpiece resting on the stationary jaw’s surface.

chipping Ensure that the area to be worked on is as close to the edge of the jaws as possible. This will prevent any unwanted vibrations when completing tasks, such as sawing, chipping, filing or drilling.
clockwise

Step 5 – Close vice jaws

Turn the handle in a clockwise direction to move the sliding jaw inwards, thus closing the vice jaws around the workpiece.

vice holding object Keep rotating the handle until the jaws have a firm grip on the workpiece
adjustable stand

Step 6 – Support workpiece

Support the end of long workpieces with an adjustable stand (or something similar) to avoid putting extra strain on the vice.

grinding The workpiece is now securely clamped and ready to be worked on!

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