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PanaVise 381 Vacuum Base PanaVise

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Specifications for this item
Brand Name Panavise
Part Number 381
Material Type Combination
Number of Items 1
Color One Color
EAN 0729315381009 , 0729315381016 , 0729198686321
Is Recalled? N
Item Weight 2.2 pounds
Size 1
UNSPSC Code 27112102
UPC 729315381009 , 729315381016 , 729198686321

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Product Features

  • Single knob controls head movement through 3-planes: 90 Degree Tilt, 360 Turn & 360 Rotation
  • Jaws are 2.5-Inch (63.5mm) wide, 0.5 (12.6mm) tall and open to 2.25 (57.1mm)
  • Base accepts all 300 series Heads and any 5/8-Inch (15.9mm) diameter shaft
  • Pad footprint measures 5.125 x 4.25 (130.2mm x 108mm). Height: 6.125 (155.6mm), Weight: 2.8 lbs. (1.3kg)
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty!

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 381 VACUUM BASE PANAVISE, The world's most PORTABLE work holding tool! Quickly attaches to any smooth, non-porous flat surface with the flip of a lever! Take it anywhere you need it for hobbies, electronics and small home repairs. Our Vacuum Base PanaVise is widely used for portable applications. Single knob controls head movement through 3-planes: 90 Degree Tilt, 360 Turn & 360 Rotation. Jaws are 2.5-Inch (63.5mm) wide, 0.5 (12.6mm) tall and open to 2.25 (57.1mm). Nylon jaws offer excellent electrical insulation and gentle holding power, continuous heat tolerance up to 200 F (93C), intermittent heat to 300 F (149 C). Interchangeable jaws available. Base accepts all 300 series Heads and any 5/8-Inch (15.9mm) diameter shaft. Pad footprint measures 5.125 x 4.25 (130.2mm x 108mm). Height: 6.125 (155.6mm), Weight: 2.8 lbs. (1.3kg). Limited Lifetime Warranty!

From the Manufacturer

The PanaVise 381 vacuum base PanaVise is a work-holding tool base and head combination designed for use on smooth, non-porous surfaces away from traditional work benches. The base includes a smooth rubber pad and lever combination which creates a vacuum that secures the unit to surfaces. The head assembly component opens to 2-1/2" (63.5 mm), and clamps down with smooth insulated nylon jaws for gentle holding power. Other features include rugged, yet lightweight construction and a PanaVise "split-ball" adjustment element utilizing single-knob controls for head adjustment on three separate planes (tilt, turn and rotate).

The PanaVise 381 vacuum base holding tool
Two-piece work-holding tool that creates a vacuum securing its base to smooth surfaces.
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Portable Clamp-free Holding Power

The 381 vacuum base PanaVise is a portable two-piece work-holding tool suitable for hobby, electronics and small home repairs, that consists of the PanaVise 380 vacuum base and the 303 standard vise head. The base component of the unit adheres to smooth, non-porous surfaces via the vacuum action that the rubber pad and flip handle at its bottom create when engaged. The vacuum action creates a stable and reliable working platform that eliminates the need for traditional bench clamps or weighted accessories. The combined unit weighs 2.8 lbs. (1.3 kg), is portable and easy to transport. The rubber vacuum pad is replaceable if its holding power is ever compromised by wear.

The standard 303 vise head assembly utilizes smooth, removable nylon jaws along its opening that measure 2-1/2" (63.5 mm) by 1/2" tall (12.6 mm). These secure tough small jobs without scratching and offer excellent electrical insulation and gentle holding power. The overall vise opening width between jaws is 2-1/4" (57.1 mm). Because exposure to heat sources is common in vise applications such as gluing, circuit board wiring, jewelry making and use around handheld power tools, the vise head assembly is continuously heat tolerance to 200 degrees F (93 degrees C), and intermittent heat tolerant up to 300 degrees F (149 degrees C).

Working on a vise secured item as the PanaVise 381 vacuum base holding tool is attached to a car's exterior
Dependable placement along horizontal or vertical planes where the vise is needed.
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Using the PanaVise 381 vacuum base holding tool for arts and crafts while attached to a table
Convenient adjustability across three separate planes.
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Tilt, Turn and Rotate Functionality

The PanaVise 381 work-holding tool utilizes PanaVise "split-ball" adjustment functionality at the point of 380 vacuum base and the included 303 standard head. Once an item is secured in the vise head, the split-ball system built into the top portion of the base allows a user to maneuver the item along three separate planes using a single knob to make the adjustments. The mobility range of the model 381's split-ball system is a 90-degree tilt to the side, along with either an angled rotation, or level turn range of 360 degrees. This range of mobility allows a user to rearrange work items into any position, which limits the need to adjust the overall position of the vise or the item within the vise.

Additional Vise Head Options

In addition to the uses possible with the included, the 381 vacuum base PanaVise is intended for use across a wide range of applications and is designed to be compatible with a variety of vise heads. The base works with all PanaVise 300 series vise heads, the PV Jr. model 203 head or any 5/8" diameter shaft tool accessory.

Key Features
  • Vacuum base and vise head combination for portable use on any smooth, non-porous surface
  • Rubber pad of base creates vacuum action that hold tool on vertical or horizontal planes
  • Flip lever allows for fast engagement and disengagement of vacuum
  • The easy-to-use "split-ball" adjustment element utilizes single-knob controls for head movement through three separate planes
  • Rubber vacuum pad is replaceable
  • Base is compatible with additional 300 series vise heads, or any 5/8" diameter shaft tool accessory (all sold separately)
  • Heat-tolerant nylon jaws
Specifications
Overall 380 Vacuum Base 303 Standard Vise Head
  • Height: 6-1/8" (155.6 mm)
  • Weight: 2.8 lbs. (1.3 kg)
  • 3-plane adjustability
    • Rotation: 360 degrees
    • Turn: 360 degrees
    • Tilt: 90 degrees
  • Height: 3-1/4" (82.5 mm)
  • Weight: 1.7 lbs. (0.8 kg)
  • Shaft diameter accepted: 5/8" (15.9 mm)
  • Base diameter: 5-1/8" x 4-1/4" (130.2 mm x108 mm)
  • Height: 4-1/4" (108 mm)
  • Weight: 1.5 lbs. (0.7 kg)
  • Throat depth: 1-3/8" (34.9 mm)
  • Shaft diameter accepted: 5/8" (15.9 mm)
  • Shaft length: 2-1/8" (54 mm)
  • Jaws
    • Material: Nylon
    • Opening: Up to 2-1/4" (57.1 mm) maximum
    • Dimensions: 2-1/2" (63.5 mm) (w) x 1/2" (12.6 mm) (h)
    • Heat tolerance: Continuous up to 200 degrees F (93 degrees C); Intermittent up to 300 degrees F (149 degrees C)
What's in the Box?
  • PanaVise 381 Vacuum Base PanaVise (380 vacuum base, 303 standard 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."


Product Details

  • Item Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000B63276
  • Item model number: 008105
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,809 in Industrial & Scientific (See Top 100 in Industrial & Scientific)
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It's VERY solid. It seems to be made of cast aluminium except for the screws, guide rods and shaft which are plated steel. The head opens to 2.5" max (the screw will only have 1-2 threads engaged), and it comes with smooth nylon jaws but there are several types available. There are several heads and bases that can be interchanged for different needs. The rubber base holds very strongly and the manufacturer sells a spare rubber shoe and lever as a kit. As you can see in the pictures I took, the base can be fully disassembled.

Mind you, this is not the kind of vise you'll find bolted to a metalworking bench, but it is a much stronger alternative to "helping hands". In all, it's superb for everything from soldering and small crafts to light drilling.
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Needed a portable vise for wooden ship building. Good add-ons also. Also, hefty enough that for lightweight items you don't even need to make it adhere to anything. I was reassured when I saw that you can get a replacement suction apparatus.

Great Vise for modeler's w/o space.
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That was so lame, but I am going to keep it! The PanaVise is a god send! I use this for knife making and it is so convenient. If you need to have one vise, this is the one you gotta have. Plus all the accessories are well built and well priced.
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The clamp head does not tip down to horizontal, because the elongation of the static jaw interferes with the table. Secondly, even when fully tightened the clamp head is nudged around its axis under moderate force.

I wish it had been more suitable for my uses, because it has a nice construction compared to others.

The similar Wilton model's head tips down exactly to a horizontal position. It also has a different joint design which is not much tighter but at least has less of a tendency to spin while you're working with it. That said, I'm here because I managed to snap the jaw of the Wilton in two while attempting to bend a bracket.

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I received a Wilton 3VB as my alternative to the PanaVise (now returned). I came to find that the Wilton had a slightly dented and deformed jaw upon arrival. The Wilton also failed a 20 or 30 minute stick-test on polished granite, whereas the PanaVise held firm. So, now I wish for a revised PanaVise 381 model.
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I use this on my desk to hold the Panavise circuit board holder and it is virtually unmovable once you have it suctioned down to the desk.

It's a little tricky to get it to suction down until you get used to it then it works great.
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In my current setup I am not able to permanently mount a base. The Vacuum base works great in this situation. My table is a painted wood with a very smooth surface. On this structure the base is rock solid without causing any damage to the paint's finish. In the past I have tried to use this same base on plastic table tops but could not. The texture of that style table top would not allow a good suction.

Currently, I use this base in conjuction with a PanaVise 315 Circuit Board Holder. Love my setup.
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I don't think I could say enough positive things about this vise. I admit, I expected it to work perfectly when I ordered it, imagining myself sticking it to my office desk for soldering projects and other hobby work.

Sure enough, it works *exactly* as I expected. I was not disappointed! I absolutely love that I can secure this vise to my work table whenever I need it, and then easily move it out of the way when I'm done. That's something you just don't get with a traditional, permanent installation vise. This probably isn't going to work at all on any surface that isn't smooth (like a wooden workshop work bench), but for hobby use in a kitchen or office, it's absolutely fantastic. Now, I haven't done any heavy duty work with this thing, I use it primarily for soldering and other work that doesn't require a lot of force to be applied to the vise, so I don't know how well it will hold up to that sort of work.

Pros:

* Installs in seconds to any smooth surface
* Can be removed in about 2 seconds
* Holds *very* tight to the surface where it has been suction-installed
* The swivel and re-positioning function of the vise is very, very easy to use, and makes hobby work so much easier. It's extremely convenient to be able to rotate and angle the vise grip in a matter of seconds

Cons:

* May not stay secured to your table/desk surface if great sideways force is applied to whatever you're working on, but I haven't tested this. It goes without saying, though, that this isn't going to handle a bunch of hammering or lots of pulling/pushing since it's suction-mounted and not bolted to your work table.

If you need a vise that can be secured to any smooth surface very quickly, this is the one!
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I ordered this vise for our test bench at work. I loved it so much I bought another one for my home.

It's just the perfect tool for what it is. It's solidly built, finely adjustable, tough yet delicate.

The vacuum base works great on Formica/laminate surfaces. If you don't have a smooth surface to cup this to, get one of the other variants with a different base. If it isn't suctioned down its a tad wobbly as it becomes top heavy with work clamped into it.

The nylon padded jaws work great. Hard enough to get a good grip, soft enough not to mar most things.

Not too big, not too small. Don't waste your time trying to save a penny. There is a reason why this company has been making this thing, unchanged, for decades. IT IS THE BEST. I use mine nearly everyday and it works as good now as the day I bought it. If something happened to mine, I would order the exact same thing the same day to replace it.

I've used mine for small repairs, electronics, soldering, woodworking, RC Cars/Planes/Boats, static display models, rotating paint stand for airbrushing stuff. ENDLESS USES!

You won't regret purchasing it.

I also have the self centering wide mouth jaws... A major PLUS to have in your arsenal. I picked up the electronics board holder... I don't use it much but it works well if you have a loose board your working on.
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