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    Default Re: Tormach 5" CNC Vise or Glacern 5" Standard Vise for PM-30

    a couple?!

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    Default Re: Tormach 5" CNC Vise or Glacern 5" Standard Vise for PM-30

    Yeah, I am thinking that I want to use a double vise setup.



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    Default Re: Tormach 5" CNC Vise or Glacern 5" Standard Vise for PM-30

    I recently bought a PCNC 1100 and have a 5" Tormach vise that I put in the g0704 table for reference. This one has aluminum soft jaws and the pics are not great but I think it looks like a good fit if you need a vise that size. If you need other pics let me know.




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    Default Re: Tormach 5" CNC Vise or Glacern 5" Standard Vise for PM-30

    I ended up getting the Shars 550V, which seems to be nearly identical to the Glacern (and pretty similar to the 5" Tormach). I think it's pretty darn nice for the money. My table is still apart (finishing up the oiler setup), but it seems like a good size.

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    Default Re: Tormach 5" CNC Vise or Glacern 5" Standard Vise for PM-30

    But how tall are your vises from the table to the top of the jaw? (stock jaw)

    I am using the Shars CNC Lock Vise 6". It is way too big but workable. I use it on my manual mill too. The top of the jaw is 4.75 of the table. It appears this Glacern and the Shars are much lower. Maybe in the 2.5" range for the 4-5" vises. Could anyone verify this? I use 3 pieces of aluminum bar configured into a vise of sorts often. Keeping the work right above the table and giving me more tool room. It looks a lot like Luiz Ally's aka Tryally on YouTube but much bigger.

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    Default Re: Tormach 5" CNC Vise or Glacern 5" Standard Vise for PM-30

    I don't have the stock jaws for the Tormach vise as I bought it used but I would say the top of the jaws are close to 4" with a bed height of about 2.5". I would have to get the 4" out of the box to give dimension, although shars usually have them on their website.



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    cowanrg, how do you like your 550V? Does it match the photos Shars has (which are actually of a 440V?) I'm curious if the apron/coolant channel extends beyond the fixed jaw or not, and how far it opens (description says 5" opening, but I've heard the 440V actually opens to about 6", which looks to be true from their photos.)



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    Default Re: Tormach 5" CNC Vise or Glacern 5" Standard Vise for PM-30

    One thing puzzles me - with an X2 (the OP's original machine in question) you have a fairly limited tool / machining envelope - something like 200mm - X, 75mm - Y and 150mm - Z.
    So ideally the centre of the poential clamped area should sit under the tool to gain the maximum but if the vice is hung 'out the back' that will reduce it? And if its not then the outside
    clamp ares is going along for the ride unless you are repositioning the workpiece?.......which then hangs out the back so back to square one?
    I use a 100mm precision machinists type and if I need the extra width capacity I pair it up with another - or am I missing something here?



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    Default Re: Tormach 5" CNC Vise or Glacern 5" Standard Vise for PM-30

    I think the OP was moving from an X2 to a PM30, A much larger mill.



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    i heard that Glacern was painting the Shars and saying they were made in America


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    Quote Originally Posted by cowanrg View Post
    I'm having the hardest time trying to decide on a vise for my new mill. I'm currently using a 4" toolmaker's vise for my X2, and it's a bit too small, and it's a bit of a pain to use too. Plus, it's ridiculously tiny on the huge table.

    I've narrowed it down to a 5" vise. A 4" seems a BIT too small (I could be wrong), and a 6" is just too big. There are only a few 5" vises out there, so here are my choices:

    Attachment 228406

    Tormach 5" CNC Vise

    Pros:

    -$100 less
    -more compact
    -multiple mounting options

    Cons:

    -unknown quality (Tormach is good, but I haven't heard much about this vise)
    -no swivel base?

    Attachment 228408

    Glacern 5" Standard

    Pros:

    -Glacern seems to be high quality, from what I've read
    -swivel base option

    Cons:

    -less mounting options
    -pricey
    -bulkier

    Thoughts? Does anyone know anything about the Tormach? It looks nice, but there are no specs, and it looks like like all the cheaper chinese ones you can find on eBay for half as much.
    The Tormach CNC vise is a nice vice, but it only opens 4 1/4 inches.

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