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Conclusions

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Dremel’s Multi-Vise is a very versatile and portable clamping system for small projects — exactly the kind of projects you take on with Dremel’s rotary tools.  It’s not going to hold large projects or take heavy abuse, but then again those really aren’t the tasks for which it’s designed.  And the ability to mount your Dremel in any position you’d like is reason enough to own one of these.

We’d recommend the Multi-Vise with two caveats: Use care when tightening the clamp to avoid skinned knuckles, and don’t beat on it.  We’d imagine that if you really whalloped it regularly, the ball-and-socket system might loosen over time.  In short: be careful, and don’t use it for inappropriate purposes (too often).

Note: The Multi-Vise is very new and is just now starting to make its way onto shelves in the US.  Dremel advises that the best place to look right now is at Home Depot, but they say it should be widely available in early May.  We’ll follow up with another post then.

The Multi-Vise [Dremel]
Street Pricing [Froogle]

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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…
    http://www.rainydaymagazine.com/RDM2007/RDMHomeMar2007.htm#MultiViseFirstLook

    Click on any of images for a closer look.

  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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