|Originally Posted By MotorMouth:
Well, I went against the conventional wisdom, and ended up buying a 5 inch vise from Home Despot. It's hell of an improvement from the 2.5" clamp on job.
I already put it to use and I happy with it thus far.
It's first job today, fabricating soft jaws from aluminum angle stock. Held the pieces nicely while I sawed and filed them to size.
It's second job today was holding the slide of my M&P while I drifted out the rear sight to install an Apex USB, and Trijicon night sight. I would have installed the front night sight, but I bent two brass punches trying so it looks like I'm headed to the gun smith on Monday.
Anyway, another question
for all of the master machinists, and smiths:
Only one thing I noticed that I didn't care for about the new vise, when I was done working on the angle stock, I started loosening the jaws they didn't move for a second and then seemed to jump. I think that means I may have over tightened it? It didn't do it on the slide, but I didn't crank it down super tight and it's much wider than the aluminum angle stock, so . . . Is that normal for over tightening, or just indicative of the "quality" of the vise?
ETA: Its a 5" Irwin Wilton vise? Brand is definitely Irwin but the shelf tag describe it as a Wilton vise.
It's called back lash and its pretty normal for most machine tools for cutting and stuff to have slop in the threads it helps protect them. No slop would be bad.