Repositionable vises are great additions to any shop as you can temporarily attach them to nonconventional work surfaces such as mobile project centers and dinner tables. But while adjustable vises like the Dremel Multi-Vise are great for precision work, they’re too fragile for anything but light-duty tasks. On the other hand, cast iron vises are constructed to endure massive abuse, but are not adjustable enough for precision tasks.
With the MaxSteel Multi-Angle Vise, Stanley combines the two, offering both flexibility and durability. They claim the MaxSteel vise can handle all materials delicately, from heavy steel bars, to soft precise wooden model components.
The MaxSteel looks to be a great addition to any worksurface. It includes quite a few handy features, including a swivel-ball adjustment mechanism and removable jaw pads. And with a cast aluminum and steel construction, the MaxSteel vise should be durable enough for heavier-duty tasks.
Not many retailers carry the MaxSteel vise yet, but Amazon is offering it for less than $30 shipped — and it’s eligible for the current 4-for-3 promotion.
Note: We have a MaxSteel vise in the Toolmonger test shop right now, so look for a hands-on soon.