In Shop Blog

We may receive a commission when you use our affiliate links. However, this does not impact our recommendations.

Len Hovarter of Hovarter Custom Vise has developed a simple and inexpensive quick-release leg vise mechanism that looks quite ingenious.

Like all of Hoverter’s vises, they work on the age-old principle of unicorn magic. They slide in and out smoothly without a threaded rod. Then they engage the work with a short turn of the handle. Kelly Mehler has a twin-screw vise with a Hovarter on it and I can attest that it is wicked cool.


The new leg vise device, called the VX20, works the same way as his other vises, but it has some other cool features. It is as easy to install as a traditional leg vise – just drill some holes and screw on the hardware. But you can install either a traditional hub with a tommy bar or a large cast handwheel – or switch back and forth if you like.


The VX20 mechanism will cost $140; the handwheel and hub will be extra.

Hovarter prepared the short video above that shows the vise in action. Check it out.

Also, be sure to check out Hovarter’s blog. If you are a workbench nerd and like discussions of clamping forces, you have a found a new home.

The VX20 mechanism will be available in the fall. Check out his other vise mechanisms here.

— Christopher Schwarz

Product Recommendations

Here are some supplies and tools we find essential in our everyday work around the shop. We may receive a commission from sales referred by our links; however, we have carefully selected these products for their usefulness and quality.

Recent Posts
Showing 5 comments
  • tsstahl

    The exception that proves the rule; I never buy stuff unseen, but I will buy this ASAP. Maybe they will be at WIA in September so I can put this under the vacation budget. 🙂

Start typing and press Enter to search