Many of us own one of these drill press vises with slides attached that allow positioning the workpiece under the drill press spindle in the X and Y axes. But are they of much use for general shop work?
For the majority of my drilling tasks I stick with a standard drill press vise — it floats on the table, but it’s heavy enough to resist the rotational forces of the drill. For heavier work I’ll align it and bolt it to the table.
At times when I’ve needed to precisely position the hole I’ve used a (better-quality) X/Y table, but most of the cheap import X/Y vises seem to lack the precision that would allow for such accurate positioning.
So what do you think: a good idea that never approaches real-world utility, or something you can’t live without on your drill press? Let us know in comments.