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Like you, we were skeptical about whether Dremel’s Multi-Vise — a tiny vise and clamping system designed to hold small projects — could command its $30 street price.  But after spending some time with one this week, we were pleasantly surprised.  It works well as a clamp, and read on to discover another feature that makes coughing up your hard-earned cash for it worthwhile. 

Unboxing

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When we first pulled the Dremel vise out of the box, we thought it looked more like a set of clamps than a vise.  I suppose that’s not surprising, considering it’s a combination of the two.  Besides the parts for the vise itself, you’ll find a wrench and a curious-looking eye-loop with a blue collar included.

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Assembly isn’t too difficult.  First we clamped the base to our workbench — it’ll clamp to any table or work surface up to 2 ½” thick — by tightening the large blue screw at the bottom of the vise.  The clamp assembly then attaches to the vise’s base by sliding into a diamond-shaped bracket located on top of the ball-and-socket assembly.  This tighens down with the help of a blue, lightning-bolt-shaped bolt.

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The ball-and-socket connection between the clamp and base allows for a wide range of adjustment.  You can turn the clamp 360 degrees laterally and tilt it up to 50 degrees vertically, then lock it in place by tightening a collar at the base of the socket.

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A blue button located just under the tightening handle (and above the diamond-shaped bar) releases the clamp head to slide freely for large adjustments or to facilitate its complete removal from the bar.

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This all sounds quite complex, but it’s not that bad with just a little practice.  When in doubt, just remember that anything you can adjust is colored blue.  Just turn or twist it to find out what it does.

Read on to page two for our in use experiences.

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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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