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Yost Vises 445 4.5" Utility Combination Pipe and Bench Vise
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- Bench-mount vise with 4.5" nominal jaw width and 0.125"- to 2"-diameter pipe capacity provides clamping action for light-duty applications
- 360-degree swivel base adjusts the direction of the jaws for proper placement and locks in place
- Vise has a cast iron body with steel U-channel bar for durability and has a flat portion that acts as an anvil and additional work surface
- Replaceable top jaws and permanent pipe jaws are grooved for enhanced grip
- Rubber washers prevent the handle from unwanted sliding
|Number of Items||1|
|UPC||797734008326 , 789755000663|
|EAN||6966677997309 , 0789755000663 , 0797734008326|
|Material||Cast Iron with Steel U Channel Bar|
|Warranty Description||1 year Limited Warranty|
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|Brand Name||Yost Tools|
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Yost - Vises since 1908
Yost has been building clamping tools for over 100 years. Our passion is making products that last a lifetime. Our staff is always ready to answer any questions that you may have.
Yost Apprentice Series
Durable Design for Home Craftsman
The Yost Apprentice Series of bench vises are designed for rugged applications. These vises are constructed from a combination of cast iron and steel. This allows the vises to handle higher clamping pressures than standard cast iron vises.
- Large Anvil Work Surface
- 4 Mounting Tabs
- Covered Main Screw
- Precision Machined Main Scew
- Diamond Serrated Machinist Jaws
- Cast in place Pipe Jaws
- Steel 'U' Channel Bar for Increased Durability
- Dual Lockdowns
- 360 Degree Swivel Base
|Pipe Capacity||1/8” - 2”||1/8” - 2-1/2”||1/8” - 2-1/2”||1/8” - 3”||1/8” - 3”|
|Swivel Base||360 Degree||360 Degree||360 degree||360 Degree||360 Degree|
|Weight||18 lbs.||29 lbs.||41 lbs.||63 lbs.||79 lbs.|
|Clamping Force||3080 lbs.||3960 lbs.||4840 lbs.||4180 lbs.||7480 lbs.|
The Yost Vises Apprentice series utility combination pipe and bench vise has a 180-degree swivel base and mounts to a workbench to provide clamping action for light-duty applications. The 180-degree swivel base adjusts the direction of the jaws for proper placement. Hand-tightening the lock knob on the base secures its position. The vise has a cast iron body with steel U-channel bar for durability and has a flat portion that acts as an anvil and additional work surface. The hardened steel top jaws can be replaced when worn, and the built-in cast iron pipe jaws are grooved for enhanced grip. The top jaws can be replaced when worn. The jaws draw closer together or farther apart by turning the vise handle clockwise or counterclockwise
Size: 4.5 inches
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To confirm for other viewers, the vise is sold by a Michigan company but manufactured and shipped from China. However, the materials are all very sturdy and it does not feel cheap or flimsy. I secured to the bench with 3/8" bolts, using a washer, locking washer and lock nut under the bench. The holes will snugly fit a 1/2" bolt. The directions provide some recommended under mount support.
+ The Yost's base spins 360º and has two locking screws - one on each side. The base has detents which help keep it from turning without having to crank down on the locking screws. The Craftsman adjusted less than 180º and had one locking screw with no detents on the base, so you had to make sure the locking screw was VERY tight to prevent the vise from turning.
+ The Yost's lead screw has a fairly stiff preload spring. I had to grease both sides of the washer between the handle and the jaw to make it easier to turn. The Craftsman did not have a preload spring - the handle had more play, but there was less friction.
- The Yost's screw appears to be cast instead of machined like the Craftsman. (Think Chinese vs. Japanese quality.)
- The screw was coated only with light oil. I gave it a good coating of thick grease, which made it easier still to turn.
- There's more lateral movement in the Yost's moveable jaw than I expected - about as much as the Craftman had after almost 40 years of use.
- The description states, "Rubber washers prevent the handle from unwanted sliding". However, the washers are too loose to stay in place to keep the handle from sliding under its own weight.
I'm sure it'll do what I need it to do, but something tells me it won't last as long or withstand the abuse that the Craftsman put up with over the decades!
Why did I not buy another Craftsman - specifically the 51854 - since I have more bad than good to say about the Yost? I don't know. Sears seems to be going downhill fast and I'm not sure they'll be around to honor the warranty if I needed it. Both vises are very similar with the exception that the Yost has a better swivel. The capability, size, weight, price, and warranty are virtually the same.
I've researched various bench vise and wanted something that was both, practical and not too expensive. I dragged my wife out to Home Depot, Lowes, and Harbor Freight to look at options. What is boils down to is this: just how big of a bench vise do you really need and how much money are you willing to spend?
I will be the first to profess, I am NOT a mechanic or an expert handyman but rather, just a homeowner who likes to work on things here at the house when I know that I can take on a honey-do task and use this bench vise as a third-hand or arm where necessary. Overall, it's perfect for my needs for light-duty work. It also has an anvil on it so that you can pound away at something so long as it's resting on the anvil.
Installation was not too difficult. I tried to match up the holes to a template I downloaded online but found that they did not match. I ended up setting the bench vise where I wanted it to be permanently located and marked the holes in pencil. I then used a 9/16th drill bit and drilled the holes. Afterwards, I then cut two pieces, each about 6" out of a scrap 2X4 to use for a bracket underneath the bench. I drilled the holes accordingly. I then placed the bench vise on top, slid four 1/2" bolts through the base and under the bench, I lined up the two brackets I made into the holes and now, I have a decent set up. I'm very pleased with this bench vise.
PROS: Solid, ease of use, rubber washer on each end of the handle, anvil
CONS: None noted.
The width the jaws open on this vise is more than enough for most jobs. It's sturdy, came well oiled and the swivel is fairly smooth on it so I highly recommend Yost's products and this one in particular.