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PanaVise 203 Pv Jr. Vise Head With 5/8 Inch Shaft For 300 Series Bases

4.3 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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Specifications for this item
Brand Name Panavise
Part Number 203
Material Type Plastic , Glass
Number of Items 1
EAN 0729315203004 , 5915903719230
Item Weight 8 ounces
System of Measurement Inch
UNSPSC Code 27112102
UPC 729315203004

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Product Features

  • Easy-to-use single knob controls head movement through 3-planes: 210 degree Tilt, 360 Turn & 360 Rotation
  • Fine/coarse adjusting knob controls jaw pressure for delicate work
  • Grooved jaws are excellent for holding small objects and are made of reinforced thermal composite plastic
  • Continuous heat tolerance to 350 F (177 C), intermittent heat up to 450 F (204 C)
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty!

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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000SQWPY0
  • Item model number: PANAVISE-203
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,465 in Industrial & Scientific (See Top 100 in Industrial & Scientific)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.

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Product Description

Product Description

PanaVise is a major manufacture of Vises and Work Holding Tools. PanaVise's Tilt, Turn & Rotate technology has been applied to the product line, allowing for maximum efficiency and many different uses! All PanaVise Products are covered by a Limited Lifetime Warranty! Introducing the Panavise 203 PV JR. VISE HEAD with 5/8-Inch SHAFT FOR 300 SERIES BASES, our most popular Vise Head for arts and crafts, model making, electronics and other small projects! We've adapted a PV Jr. Head to fit all 300 series Bases. Now you can add all the popular features of a PV.Jr. to a larger 300 series Base. Features fine and coarse adjusting knob controls jaw pressure. Jaws feature horizontal grooves perfect for holding small tubes, rods, or small circuit boards firmly in place and are made of reinforced thermal composite plastic, continuous heat tolerance to 350 F (177 C), intermittent heat up to 450 F (204 C). Neoprene Jaw Pads (Panavise 204) are available for holding delicate items. Jaws are 2" (50.8mm) tall, 1" (25.4mm) wide and open to 2.875" (73mm). Height: 3.75" (95.2mm), Weight: 0.4 lbs. (0.2kg) Limited Lifetime Warranty!

From the Manufacturer

The PanaVise 203 PV Jr. vise head is a versatile and lightweight vise head designed for arts and crafts, jewelry and model making, electronics, and other small projects. The 203 PV Jr. vise head is compatible with all PanaVise 300 series work-holding tool bases, has fine and coarse clamping abilities, grooved jaws for easy holding power, and heat-tolerant construction.

The PanaVise 203 PV Jr. vise head
The versatile and lightweight vise head designed for a wide range of uses.
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The PanaVise 203 PV Jr. vise head used with the 380 Vacuum Base
Compatible with all PanaVise 300 series bases (base sold separately).
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Versatile Head Design Compatible with All 300 Series Bases

The 203 PV Jr. vise head is a work-holding tool accessory designed for versatility. Its 5/8" (15.9 mm) post diameter is compatible with the PanaVise 300 series product line of bases. The 203 PV Jr. vise head has jaws composed of reinforced thermal composite plastic that are 2" (50.8 mm) tall x 1" (25.4 mm) wide, and open to 2-7/8" (73 mm), and are suitable for holding small tubes, rods or small circuit boards. The grooves along the jaws' inner edges are designed for dependable holding power, while the fine/coarse adjusting knob controls provide jaw pressure for delicate work. When combined with a compatible base, the 203 PV Jr. vise head is suitable for small projects such as arts and crafts, jewelry and model making, electronics. Becasue vise uses such as circuit board wiring and jewelry making involve soldering, the vise head assembly of the PanaVise 203 PV Jr. is highly heat resistant, with continuous heat tolerance to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and intermittent heat tolerance to 450 degrees F (204 degrees C).

Key Features
  • Vise head accessory compatible with PanaVise 300 series bases
  • Fine/coarse adjusting knob controls jaw pressure for delicate work
  • Grooved jaws hold small objects and are made of reinforced thermal composite plastic
  • Neoprene jaw pads are available for holding delicate items
  • Durable, heat-tolerant vise head assembly construction
Specifications
  • Height: 3-3/4" (95.2 mm)
  • Weight: 0.4 lb. (0.2 kg)
  • Post diameter: 5/8" (15.9 mm)
  • Continuous heat tolerance: Up to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C)
  • Intermittent heat tolerance: Up to 450 degrees F (204 degrees C)
  • Vise opening: up to 2-7/8" (73 mm)
  • Jaw width: 1" (25.4 mm)
  • Jaw height: 2" (50.8 mm)
What's in the Box?
  • PanaVise 203 PV Jr. vise head
  • User's manual and warranty information
Limited Lifetime Warranty

All PanaVise products are warranted against defective materials and/or workmanship to all original consumer owners from the date of original consumer purchase for the lifetime of ownership by the original consumer owner. In the event of defective materials and/or workmanship, PanaVise Products, Inc. will, without charge, repair or replace, at its option, the defective product within 60-days from the receipt of the defective product. The Warranty does not apply to damage not resulting from defective materials and/or workmanship while in the possession of the original consumer or to unreasonable use by the original consumer, which includes but is not limited to improper installation, or failure to provide reasonable and necessary maintenance.

About PanaVise

Founded in 1957 by tool and die maker Otto Colbert and currently headquartered in Reno, Nevada, PanaVise is a leader in work-holding products. Over the years, a natural outgrowth of this expertise has been continued development of other items which hold things securely and offer a wide range of motion. Important areas in which this has been applied include, Electronics, CCTV Camera Mounts, and Audio/Video Mounts, earning PanaVise the nickname the "the hold it anywhere you want it company."

Customer Reviews

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I was expecting to be able to use this for circuits with my Panavise. While it certainly does work that way, I found it somewhat cumbersome to tighten the boards, and they did not seem as sturdily held as I'd like. Kind of flimsy and sometimes the boards would slip out. I didn't want to tighten them to kingdom come to make sure the boards stayed. Also it seems to loosen easily as well. I'm not very pleased with this.
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I bought this head with a standard base and the parts-tray sub-base. All together it was less than 50 bucks. They work perfectly and are incredibly well-built. I cannot think of a way to improve it.
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In the restoration of a highly-modeled, 19th century German Jasperware wall plaque, I faced the following challenge: A wing of one of the two cherubs depicted had broken off and was lost, and had to be replaced. The wing would be visible on all sides, and the three remaining wings could not be used as a direct model. The wing would be only 7/8" long, 1/2" wide, gently curved and never more than 1/8" thick, with approximately 25 highly-detailed feathers carved into each side.

A hard carving wax proved to be a suitable medium for a model that could later be cast, and miniature tools where ground to shape. The level of detail required that the carving be done under magnification, in this case a stereo microscope at about 8X. Holding the work piece so that there was good access and so that it could be repositioned as necessary was the final obstacle. The PanaVise 203 Pv Jr. head, coupled with a 300 series base, looked to be suitable, but I had concerns about how well it would work.

The 203 head was perfect for the job. The jaws do flex under load, but the carving wax blank was held firmly, and the flexibility of positioning options invaluable.
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The 203 head is sturdy and DEFINATELY NOT FLIMSY! I use this on my soldering station work center (324) about 90% of the time. I can't praise it enough. It makes a great 3rd hand for soldering and prototyping small circuit boards (and breadboards).

My only gripe is that you have to buy the PV Jr. Speed Control separately (model 239). The speed control is a much better tightening mechanism than what comes with the 203 and really speeds up opening and closing the jaws.

The old saying "you get what you pay for" comes to mind when describing Panavise products. They may cost a little more than what one might expect to pay for the cheap-made-in-China crap foisted upon the average consumer but they come with a lifetime warranty and are definately high quality tools.

I'm just mad that I didn't find out about Panavise sooner. All my other 3rd hand tools are going in the garbage!
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Not the quality I expected. Although PanaVise advertises "Made in the USA" that is not entirely true. I called PanaVise and asked the question. The answer I received was that the plastic parts are made in China. I wasn't surprised. I suspect more than plastic parts are made in China. The PanaVise 203 is a bit flimsy and has a wobble when you crank the handle. These are the signs of Chinese origin. It's very disappointing to see USA manufacturer's move parts production, or any production to China. This would be a better product if it had steel jaws with accessories to allow hard jaws, soft jaws and everything in between, and had the quality of a Made in the USA product.

I think the temptation of low production costs will lure PanaVise to move more production to China. PanaVise is not the quality manufacturer they used to be.
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I was a little worried about the type of plastic used on the jaws, and the quality/design of the ball & socket. However, after receiving this, I was blown away. There are sleeve bearings everywhere and the plastic is NOT cheap, it's some kind of rigid composite totally appropriate for this application (i.e. it's a small-stuff "holder" not a "crusher"). There are little friction-fingers inside the ball-socket, and the ball is powder-coated steel. The out-of-the-box action was fairly smooth, though I did add a bit of dry graphite lube to the moving parts and threads. Totally worth the premium price, you really are getting what you pay for.
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Have a small connector you want to solder, or a small circuit board? This little guy is just the one to securely hold onto it so that you can get the job done. Forget about those cheep "third hand" gizmos. I have one, they always wind up slipping. The alligator clips that hold the parts are hollow on the inside and collapse when the screw is torqued down. They're just cheap products that don't need to hold much. Then cannot hold something as small as an XLR audio connector, but the PanaVise
203 Jr. does just fine. Don't waste your time on the cheap stuff. You'll wind up getting a Pana Vice anyway.
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I just ordered the 203 Pb Jr head for the 300 base, and haven't used it yet, but I wanted to tell people that this comes with PanaVise 239 Speed Control Handle for 201, 203, 207 and 209
I ordered one separately after reading the reviews and discovered that I didn't need to. Now I have a spare. :-)
Also - if you work on small boards, this product may be better that the larger PanaVise 315 Circuit Board Holder as you can easily flip the board over to switch between component insertion (from the top) and soldering (on the bottom).
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