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In Use

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As soon as we had the Dremel vise together, we decided to check out the claims on the box — specifically how long an object it could hold.  The largest object we managed to clamp in such a manner (read: it held firmly enough for serious work) was 7-11/16” — a bit more than Dremel’s spec-claimed 7-1/2″.  That may not seem like much, but who knows when that 3/16” of an inch could make a difference?

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Tightening is a two-step process.  First you release the pads and push them manually into place roughly against your workpiece, then crank the blue handle down to grip it — pretty much the same process you use on most bar clamps.

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Here’s where we ran across one problem in the vise’s design.  Because it’s such a small tool, the space between the blue handle and the clamp’s bar when clamping small items is the perfect size to skin your knuckles when you turn the tightening handle.  It happened to almost everyone who used the vise in our shop until we learned to warn them first.  Once we knew to watch out for it, we didn’t have any problems.  But anyone not in the know is gonna get scraped.


The feature that won us over, however, was the vise’s ability to hold a Dremel rotary tool in place of the clamp.  We’ve always wanted a good way to position a Dremel so that we can hold and move the workpiece instead of the tool.   Clamping the tool in a standard vise works (sort of) in an emergency, but Dremel’s vise offers a sold, functioning solution.  

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Installing a rotary tool requires that you remove the clamp, then install that small key-looking piece of metal we described in unboxing into the diamond hole on the vise’s base — just like you install the clamp.  Then you can remove the chuck and collet ring on your rotary tool, install it in the key’s hole, and affix it by reinstalling the tool’s parts and a blue composite ring on top.  Once it’s mounted, you can then position the tool just like the clamp and lock it down in position to use your rotary tool like a tiny bench grinder, sander, or even a rudimentary miniature chop saw.

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It’s also possible to remove the clamp completely from the base and to use it as a small bar clamp around the shop.

Read on to page three for our conclusions.

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4 Responses to Hands-On: Dremel’s Multi-Vise

  1. james b says:

    That would be quickly reduced to a stinking pile of melted plastic in my garage. On the plus side, it has slots in the jaws that would be handy for holding circuit boards for soldering, but I doubt it dissipates ESD.

  2. Here is another look at the Dremel…

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  3. Brogers says:

    Well, I just bought one, and it is ideal for many jobs with working on model planes. Any modeling for that matter. It is not at home in a garage, as it is not a heavy metal shop vise. But it is great for light weight multipositioning of parts.

  4. Malaki says:

    Like so many of Dremel’s tools, a great idea that would have been better if less plastic had been used. I understand the wish to keep the product as lightweight as possible and as inexpensive as possible, but not at the cost of rigidity and usefulness. Using a plastic screw to fasten the vice to a table/bench is nearly useless. Like their Dremel drill press, it would be a much more useful tool (and usable for ornamental turning) if it had far less slop. The drill press has a +/- of 1/4″ in any direction, which is useless if you plan to place evenly placed cuts or holes around a turned object. In ornamental turning, accuracy is essential. Having evenly spaced holes or cuts is nearly impossible with these tools as they are currently made. The 1″ post on the drill press would make it ideal if it weren’t for the excessive slop. Unfortunately, the folks at Dremel seem less than interested in making a tool with any better precision, regardless of how well suited the product would otherwise be to this usage.

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