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4" Cross Slide Drill Press Vise Metal Milling Machine

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4" Cross Slide Drill Press Vise Metal Milling Machine + Amico 3/8" x 3/8" High Speed Steel HSS 4 Flute Straight End Mill Cutter + 1/4" x 1/4" 4 Flutes Straight Shank End Mills Cutter Tool
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Technical Details
Item Weight19 pounds
Power SourceManual
  
Additional Information
ASINB001FGAJTA
Best Sellers Rank #61,292 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight19 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First AvailableSeptember 6, 2008
  
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Product Description

4" Cross Slide Drill Press Vise Metal Milling Machine

Customer Reviews

The bottom screw for the slide doesn't extend to the outside of the vice casting so it wobbles around and gets stuck.
bpatzwald
In my case, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the vise, the out-of-the-box performance, and the quality of machining.
Bones
On my copy, the upper dovetails are not parallel, so it's sloppy loose on one end of the travel, and jamming tight on the other.
Harold Melton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

94 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Christophor on March 22, 2011
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This is NOT a precision piece of equipment out of the box. The action is very loose. It's hard to get it to stay still. Just the small amount of vibration from the drill press was enough to move the work piece little by little. Also, it wasn't very smooth so when you try to adjust the axis it would get stuck, then suddenly move fast. Aligning the work was very difficult to say the least.

However, if you think of this thing as an unfinished project or a DIY starter kit, you can get some real use out of it and have a little fun in the process. Once I realized the shoddy quality, I decided to do something about it. I completely dismantled the thing. I used a metal file to smooth out the sliding surfaces. I wound up replacing some of the screws because I had to re-tap the holes. I replaced the crappy retaining plates on each end. The ones it comes with are clad in some cheap chrome that flakes off, looks bad and gets into the works. Long story short, I finally got the thing to work extremely well. But it took a lot of elbow grease and ingenuity to get it to that point. A smarter or lazier person would have sent it back and bought something a little better. I had fun correcting its flaws.

If the manufacturer would have spent just a small amount of time on the details this thing would be an outstanding deal. As it took me several hours to make it into a useful tool, I'm giving it 3 stars. This review is a warning to someone who wants to get right to work or a note of encouragement to the type of person who likes to tinker. I actually really enjoyed tweaking it and making it as close to perfect as my GED will allow. In the end, I'm very happy with it. But I don't recommend it for any of my fellow cheapskates who want a precision tool out of the box. It's too unfinished for that.

Good luck.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By D.F. on October 19, 2011
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Lets face it... This is a cheap vise. You wont be doing precise drilling with this thing, but it holds work and has its X and Y movement. I would much rather this than a few simple clamps totaling a similar cost.

The vise comes a bit dirty, bolts loose, slightly rusty in a few small spots, and maybe even a bit wobbly. There is no manual, so you need to look at how everything works and then make a few tweaks to suit your needs. Turning the handles for the x y movement and you will encounter some rough spots where movement is just not quite as smooth. The handles are very cheap and feel awkward in their rotation.

You should have some blocks on hand to hold work in cases where the handles (for the x y movement) prevent the vise from further movement. The range of movement isn't much, and I found a lot of small work pieces out of drill range because of the fixed position right half of the vise right above the handle.

Harbor Freight has a similar priced (maybe $10 more) vise, the same size, that allows you to tighten the vise from both sides on top instead of just the left side (as on this one). But im sure between that vise and this vise, you might as well flip a coin for your choice.

I'm happy with the purchase, as a hobbyist.

Modifications I Made:
- Took the top off and filed down the visible lumps and hard buildup on the 'rails' (sorry I don't know vise terminology), and lubed them up.
- Inserted a thin strip of aluminum (about 0.05 thick, 0.45 tall and 5 in wide) on the rail against the 3 bolts. The bolts tighten against the vise to reduce wobble, but at the same time the bolt grinds into the vises rail hindering movement grinding.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Big Hoss at Cross Creek Firearms - Gunsmith on January 5, 2013
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I purchased this to use on a bench top Craftsman drill press, to be used as a "Milling Machine" for many projects that I do as a gunsmith.

I do A LOT of research before I buy just about anything. I'm glad I did for this Cross Vise. It comes as others have stated, covered in varnish/cosmoline/grease. It needs to be removed. I took the entire vise apart, used a rotary tool to polish the sliding surfaces, and then cleaned everything in my parts washer. It cleaned up well! I then treated it as a "gun" and oiled everything as needed, added grease to certain areas and put it back together, tightening everything...I did not have to replace anything...as once it was put back together...it's almost like a $150-$200 cross vise. I say almost as there is a bit of loss in it's precision...but for what I needed it for, no issue.

Overall, once you do the work (keep in mind, you really are saving a lot of money over other models that come to you almost in the same, unusable condition)...it is WELL WORTH every dollar of money and time!
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81 of 90 people found the following review helpful By YODADDY on September 4, 2010
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Those of you complaining about the quality of the product are probably not happy with anything ever. You need to consider that you cant even buy a standard bench vise for 30 dollars let alone a vise with an x and y axis movement. Those of you with realistic expectations will be thoroughly satisfied. Those of you who want professional machinist quality results will need to shell out 100 dollars or more. You get what you pay for. I am totally happy with the vise because I had 30 dollar expectations for a 30 dollar product.
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