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Drill Press Clamp/vise Suggestions

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by FinoCJ, Aug 6, 2019.

  1. Aug 6, 2019
    FinoCJ

    FinoCJ 1970 CJ5 Staff Member Sponsor

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    Begun using my drill press more, but I need to improve my method for holding and clamping work to the base...anyone have a suggestion for good but price conscious vise and clamps? Fwiw...its an older delta 12" press on its on stand. The base plate is about 9"x9"
     
  2. Aug 7, 2019
    Warloch

    Warloch Did you say Flattie??? Staff Member Sponsor

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    I'm a Wilton fan, but they are not cheap... nor do I have the one I want as I couldn't find it when I needed it and have a Craftsman. I highly recommend one with both X and Y movement (Cross Slide) as it makes it easy to clamp, align and drill.

    Here is a place I start looking for stuff like that 10 Best Drill Press Vises – Reviews & Buying Guide The number 8 does not look bad.
     
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  3. Aug 7, 2019
    47v6

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    I have a chinese x/y clamp. Its fine, but to do better work I put the work in my bridgeport. Most of the time I just hold the work. Sometimes this is a stupid idea and when the bit caches and almost tears off my left thumb... don't be like me. Do it like Chuck.
     
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  4. Aug 12, 2019
    sterlclan

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    What don’t like the propeller effect? Chicken. Seriously get a good vise.
     
  5. Aug 18, 2019
    jonah

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    I like this type of vise:

    Cardinal Speed Vise Quick Action Design

    I usually leave it loose to slide around for positioning if I am drilling small holes (under a 1/2"). The weight of the vise keeps it steady. Sometimes I will clamp it down if I am making big holes.

    Or I often clamp a bar to the table to act as a stop to keep the part from spinning. This is faster but it is obviously safest to have the part in a vise and the vise bolted down.
     
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  6. Aug 18, 2019
    jonah

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    PeteL

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    I just try to grab the spinning metal with my bare hands.
     
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    47v6

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    while the 250LB drill press is skittering across the floor with a hunk of 1/2 thick steel stuck in a drill bit.... I swear i have never done that a dozen times..
     
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  10. Aug 27, 2019
    Thean

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    Depending on drill press, you could use a cheap mill hold down set. Can find them for $60 +/-
     
  11. Aug 27, 2019
    tarry99

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    Unless it's something big.....where you need assistance to keep on the table no need to clamp it to the table......as heavy Items drill quite nicely with minimal holding force...........a nice drill press vise to hold your part and then your hand holding the vise will in most cases offer more than enough resistance to keep any part being drilled from doing anything stupid.............

    a sharp drill, the correct speed , feed and lubrication go a long way in keeping the vise and part from turning into a rotating mass. Plenty of "plane jane" vises on E-bay..........

    Although I would pick one that has a vertical and horizontal "V" grove cut in the vise jaws for holding round stock that you may need to drill.
     
  12. Sep 1, 2019
    Warloch

    Warloch Did you say Flattie??? Staff Member Sponsor

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    James - this is what I use in the shop for my press.
     
  13. Sep 3, 2019
    teletech

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    While it's good to have a vise, getting a 1/2" thick plate and drilling/tapping 1/2-NC holes every couple inches in a pattern and then going out and buying a cheap milling clamp block set will give you a lot of flexibility for very little cost.
     

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