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Portable vs. permanent vices

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Wonkee Donkee DIY guide book Vices are available in either portable or permanent versions.

Portable vices

Portable vice can clamp to any convenient surface Portable type vices can be moved and then quickly clamped to any convenient work surface.

Here are a few of the advantages and disadvantages to consider when using a portable vice for clamping a workpiece:

ADVANTAGES  DISADVANTAGES
Advantages and disadvantages of a portable vice
  • Portable and light weight
  • Can be easily moved and repositioned when needed
  • Can clamp to a variety of different work surfaces
  • Can be dismounted and stored away when not in use
  • Ideal for tasks that require working in confined spaces
  • Are often not strong enough for heavy-duty clamping
  • Risk of vice falling or moving during work applications
  • Portable vices with an integrated clamp may not fit onto all surface edges

Permanent vices

Permanent vice is bolted down Permanent type vices, on the other hand, are attached securely to a worktop by bolts which are screwed into the provided holes.

Here are a few of the advantages and disadvantages to consider when using a permanent vice for clamping a workpiece:

ADVANTAGES  DISADVANTAGES
Advantages and disadvantages of a permanent vice
  • Safer when completing dangerous tasks, such as sawing, drilling, etc.
  • No risk of vice falling or moving during work applications
  • Capable of heavy-duty clamping
  • Once bolted, vice is stationary and cannot be moved

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