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4-1/2 in. Light Duty Bench Vise with Swivel Base

$3997
  • Ligt duty vise, constructed from top-quality, cast iron
  • Base swivels 270 degreesfor ease of use
  • Includes integrated anvil and lock-down
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Product Overview

The BESSEY 4-1/2 in. light-duty bench vise is made from high quality 30,000 PSI cast iron for many years of service. The convenient swivel base offers easy, versatile use. Comes standard with an incorporated anvil and one lock-down.
  • 270 Degree swivel base with one lockdown
  • Hardened steel jaws
  • Built-in anvil
  • Maximum opening 4-1/2 in.
  • 4-mounting holes for stability



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Individual/SetIndividualIndividualIndividualIndividual
Jaw Capacity4.53 in4.0 in4 in
Throat Depth1.752.11 in2.02-1/4 in
Hand Tool TypeViseViseViseVise
Clamping Strength (lb.)10033002004200
Jaw Width4.54 in4.0 in4
Duty RatingLightStandardHeavyStandard
MaterialCast IronCast IronCast IronSteel
Tools Product TypeHand ToolHand ToolHand ToolHand Tool
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Specifications

Dimensions

Jaw Width
4.5
Throat Depth
1.75

Details

Clamping Strength (lb.)
100
Duty Rating
Light
Hand Tool Type
Vise
Individual/Set
Individual
Jaw Capacity
4.5
Material
Cast Iron
Returnable
90-Day
Swivel base
Yes
Tools Product Type
Hand Tool
Vise Type
Bench

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
Limited Lifetime

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  • 4.2
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  • 81%recommend this product
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Light duty work
Vice is for light duty work and not meant for high torque tightening. Jaws are wobbly and when closed jaws don't align correctly. For hobby work or light clamping and the price it's will work well.
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    YIKES!
    I was using the vise to loosen some stuck pipe. I snapped that baby right at the base. A vice should not break
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      A lot of slop
      Purchased this due to an immediate need for a project. I wasn’t expecting much from a Bessy vise due to previous experiences, so I wasn’t entirely disappointed. I previously returned two Bessy drill press vises because the jaws were nowhere near square. The jaws on this vise are relatively square, but they are out of alignment by 1/4” (see pic). Not a big deal for my usecase nor at this price point, just saying. My concerns are the arm is very thin. I’ve never seen a vise with such a thin arm. And there is a HUGE amount of play. I’m going to moly it and try tightening everything up a bit, so this is just my initial opinion. Will update soon. It’s labeled as “light-duty,” so at least the manufacturer is being honest.
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        1 found this review helpful
        Mounting hardware should be included. A bench vise doesn’t work if you can’t mount it to a bench....
        Mounting hardware should be included. A bench vise doesn’t work if you can’t mount it to a bench. The vise looks nice sitting on my bench. Unfortunately I don’t have time to go buy bolts with the shortened hours the stores are open.
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        6 found this review helpful
        Easy to setup and mount to my bench.
        Easy to setup and mount to my bench.
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        Great Value for the Price - has a small pipe vice grip under the main jaws
        This is a great value for the price. The vice has the ability to hold pipes in a pipe grip under the main jaws. I used it to hold a half-inch IMC conduit so that I could put threads on the end of the pipe using a rented threading tool from Home Depot. Since I don't have a workbench (yet), I opted to make a raised surface using 2x4's on their side. I still had to use a pipe wrench to hold the back end of the conduit in place while I cut threads into it. I only had 3 conduits to put threads on and without the vice it would not have been possible. Other vices that I looked at did not have the pipe vice under the main jaws unless you got to the BV-MPV5. The vice weights 11 pounds (per the manual) and can be secured using 3/8 inch bolts. The one I bought was made in China.
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          2 found this review helpful
          Well its been 2 years since I bought it. So far so go. I bought it because I have limited space ...
          Well its been 2 years since I bought it. So far so go. I bought it because I have limited space in my work area and its not to big or bulky. I mounted it on my work bench. Works well and also swivels. I recommend it!
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            2 found this review helpful
            Looks like a toy. For very light duty use.
            This vise is very small, looks like a toy. My wife even laughed when she saw it. Quality is not the greatest, has alot of slop. Should be ok for very light work.
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              2 found this review helpful
              I went to Home Depot my favorite tool store, and the fact that I get my Veteran discount there :)...
              I went to Home Depot my favorite tool store, and the fact that I get my Veteran discount there :). I purchased this vise and I love this product. I need something a little bigger than what I have so this vise which I think pulls out to 4+" and I like how it swivels. I am able to bolt it down to my work bench very quickly. It is pretty heavy duty and I have no complaints about it. Thank you Home Depot for having a ton of tools and everything I need :) Kevin blackmer
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              2 found this review helpful
              A great vice for most things around the house. Advertised as light duty, and that is very accura...
              A great vice for most things around the house. Advertised as light duty, and that is very accurate description. Although, it is also specified as having a 3 3/8” max jaw opening. That is with the maximum limit of screw engagement. But it will actually open up to 4 1/2” and hold with a couple of threads engaged in the nut...for very light work on larger items. When closed tight, the jaws match up very well. Will clamp a very small item, if needed. Very little backlash in the tightening screw. Make no mistake...it takes some tuning up. First thing to do is to take off the base and remove the paint from the swivel surfaces. Then take a grinder and rough those surfaces up for better gripping to lock it from swiveling. Tighten down the locking nut as tight as possible, to keep it from moving out of place. When mine is locked, the bench will move before the vice will swivel. If necessary you can always mount another locking bolt in at 180 degrees. But that limits how much you can swivel. And if you clean out the paint and rough the surfaces, that shouldn’t be needed. Secondly, grease up the sliding gib on all sides and the 6 pitch acme screw. Work them in and out to the limits several times and regrease as needed. This will smooth out the action so that velvety smooth “one finger” actuation is normal. I mounted on the corner of the bench with 3/8 x 1 1/2 lag bolts. And set it so the swivel stop was 45 degrees from the 90 degree bench corner. This allows for full swivel on the end on the bench as well as the front. Then drilled four 1/4” holes through the vice mounting holes, for driving in the lag bolts. Summary...Once tuned, this vice is very solid and operates super smoothly. If you do heavy automotive work, you will neeed a more heavy duty vice. For most, household general purpose jobs it is all you need. A very good value for the price.
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