What is a machine vice?
|A machine vice is a clamping device used to hold a workpiece securely when operating a machine tool, such as a drill press or milling machine.|
|It differs from metalworking and woodworking vices as it is mounted to the table of a machine tool instead of a workbench.
A machine vice is attached to the drill press or milling machine’s table in order to relieve the user’s hands from holding the workpiece when drilling, milling, or completing similar tasks.
|A machine vice is needed because machining operations can be dangerous, and so the vice decreases the amount of risk involved by holding the workpiece for the user.|
|It also allows the user to complete machining projects with a great deal of accuracy and precision, as the vice can be perfectly aligned with the machine’s drill bit or cutter before being secured into place.|
|Machine vices can be used to hold a variety of materials, including metal, wood and plastic.|