While the Benchcrafted Glide Leg Vise didn’t come out in 2010, it’s my favorite tool of the year – because this year I installed it on my new workbench. I don’t want to write too much about it here because I’ve reviewed this leg vise for our February 2011 issue (which mails to subscribers at the end of December), but I will say that I’ve never used a vise that works so smoothly, or cinches down tight on the work with so little effort on my part.
The Glide works on the same principles as a wooden screw leg vise, but has roller guides at the bottom that support the parallel guide. This extra support helps to move the chop in and out with just a spin of the 8” wheel.
I’ve been using the Glide for about three months, and it’s a beauty – not just in its looks but also in how it works. If you’re in the market for a leg vise, the Glide is worth a look.
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