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PanaVise 333 Rapid Assembly Circuit Board Holder
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|Number of Items||1|
|Device Type||Holder Accessory|
|Item Volume||142740 milliliters|
|Item Weight||6.6579603124 pounds|
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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 333 RAPID ASSEMBLY CIRCUIT BOARD HOLDER, Speed your production work! For quick circuit board rotation and component insertion/soldering, nothing beats this work holding tool for speed and versatility. Features eight rotating adjustment positions at the head, six positive lock positions in the vertical plane, and variable height adjustment. Hold circuit boards up to 12-Inch (304.8mm) wide and up to 0.156 (4mm) thick. Arms move independently and feature V shaped grooves. Notches positioned laterally near the arms tips securely and conveniently hold small electronic parts. 5.0 lb Weighted Base is extremely stable. Height (base to top of vertical shaft): 10-Inch (254mm), Weight: 6.4 lbs. (2.9kg). Limited Lifetime Warranty!
From the Manufacturer
The PanaVise 333 rapid assembly circuit board holder is an electronics assembly work-holding tool designed for speed and versatility. The unit consists of three components: a 10" center shaft integrated into a weighted base, a pair of circuit holder arms connected by a square crossbar, and an adjustable connector linking the crossbar to the center shaft.
The circuit board holder arms slide along the 14" crossbar, allowing circuit boards up to 12" to be held. (A minimum of 1" of cross bar length is required to support each circuit board holder arm) Arms are locked into place by two tightening knobs at their bases. V-shaped grooves along the inner edge of the arms ensure that circuit boards are securely held, while notches positioned laterally near their tips can be used to hold small electronic parts. The right circuit board holder arm includes a ratcheting lever that allows for a fine adjustment of the opening between the two ams. This allows for fast mounting and removal of circuit boards without having to loosen the main adjustment knob of the holder arms. The connector between the center rod and the crossbar swivels to eight adjustable positions, as well as six positive lock positions on the vertical plane. Variable height adjustments can also be made along the center rod. The weighted base is five lb. and formed of cast iron with wing structures at the sides which spread its weight, increasing the PanaVise 333's stability. Each of the winged sections contains a pre-drilled and tapped hole suitable for mounting accessories.
- Capacity: Holds circuit boards up to 12" (304.8 mm) wide and 5/32" (4 mm) thick
- Rotating adjustment positions: 8
- Vertical lock positions: 6
- Variable height adjustment: Yes
- Compatible with circuit board holder crossbars of varying width: Yes
- Pre-drilled and tapped holes for accessories: 2
- Height (base to top of vertical shaft): 10" (254 mm)
- Total weight : 6.4 lb. (2.9 kg)
- Base weight: 5 lb.
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.
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."
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It is extremely well made. The base is cast iron, heavy and provides ample support. The bar clamp is convenient for securing the PCB. The multi-position swivel allows for different board angles, which improves access to the components, when reaching in with the soldering iron. The board can even be turned to the vertical access to gain access to both sides of the board. This is very useful for desoldering.
The unit is intended for use on commercial production lines. This is where it becomes less user friendly. I assume that the PCB would be populated on one side (but not soldered,) by one individual and then passed to another person for further processing. That is to say that I would imagine that the board is not rotated very often, in these settings.
The hobbiest, however, is more likely to populate a single component and flip the board over to solder it. The jig requires two hands to rotate. If you have the bracket pointing downward, as pictured, when you rotate the board the ends of the cross bar hit the table top. This requires that you change the bracket setting to make the bracket horizontal, while rotating it. This maneuver is awkward and must be repeated, over and over. So, while the unit is built to the highest standards, it does not serve the hobbiest very well. That is a disappointment, because, for the price, I expected amazing "userability."
In summary, I would highly recommend the jig for commercial use, but I would not recommend it to a hobbiest.
Awesome circuit board holder. I was deciding if I should buy the 315 (which inserts into common Panavise bases), or this one with the weighted base. I am happy I purchased this one. It has more freedom of optional angles, which I find useful, versus the 315. I like how you can tilt the board towards you, and rotate the assembly in either direction, which doesn't seem possible by the 315.
I am unsure if this item supposed to have an allen wrench supplied with it. After I assembled the unit, the allen screw was too tight to allow me to pull the spring-loaded center section. I loosened that screw and am able to do so now. I did purchase this item via Amazon Warehouse Deals, at a cheap price of $46.85 and the item was UNUSED. Only the original box has been opened.
The weighted base is sturdy enough to prevent unwanted tilts while manipulating the arm and the PCB that's in it. It takes a few tries to get the jaws at just the right position, to allow you to easily slide the PCB in and out. At first I was aligning the jaws as close to the PCB as possible, this made sliding the PCB out a little difficult.
The only downside to this unit, is the amount of workbench/desk space it takes up when not in use. If you have a large work space, then that is not an issue at all.
A few complaints / improvement suggestions:
- I wish this had insulating arms. Any boards with gold fingers on the edges run the risk of shorting out along the clamp. To fix this, I've lined the clamps with electrical tape. This also allows it to grab the board a little easier.
- I also wish there was a little more ability to adjust the clamps. I'm working on a board now that has connectors on two different sides that stick off the side. This vice doesn't hold that board very easily, because no matter how I try to grab the board, a connector is in the way.
1 - wish the angle would rotate freely instead of preset increments
2 - if the arms are angled down and are close to the base, the legs of the base extend into rotation of the arms. Thus when rotating you may need to pull up while flipping over to clear the feet. Again bolting the thing to the table helps make the extra movement easier.
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I did have a problem with the tilt adjustment though.Read more
I use it to hold boards level while soldering SMD's. Very versatile.Read more