Tail Vice/Vise (100mm or 150mm Travel)
NOTE: 150mm Tail Vices currently out of stock as of 27/11/19. Please feel free to place your order and your vice will be shipped as soon as they are re-stocked. Next batch will be ready to ship approx early January 2020. 100mm Tail vices are still in stock ready to ship straight away. If you haven't already drilled your dog holes in your bench, we recommend the 100mm as there is less winding/travel (meaning slightly more efficient), but you will have slightly more holes in your bench.
Our tail vice/vise is designed to hold any piece of wood flat on the top of your bench. It is retrofitable to any bench (in any position on the top) without interfering with the integrity of the top.
The knob is 32mm in diameter, knurled for grip and you will find this knob allows for quick movement with plenty of grip to tighten the vice when holding wood. The vice comes with one solid brass dog that is 1/4" high for low profile work. Other size dogs will be available also or you can make them to suit using 1/2" brass rod.
It is simple to install and it comes with an installation guide. You will need to make a wooden cover plate to go over the top of the vice and this is planed level with the top. If your bench top is thin, this is no problem as you simply make up some wooden packers and glue them in under where the vice is to be fitted.
100mm Tail Vice: The vice body is a hefty 32mm x 35mm x 280mm long with a 5/8" 6 tpi ACME thread for a quick moving action. It gives you just over 100mm travel so you would need to space your bench dog holes at 100mm or less apart.
Weighs 1.3 kg.
150mm Tail Vice: The vice body is a hefty 32mm x 35mm x 370mm long with a 5/8" 6 tpi ACME thread for a quick moving action. It gives you just over 150mm travel so you would need to space your bench dog holes at 150mm or less apart.
For more information you can download the installation guide below:
Work bench seen in photos is made by Ramon Valdez - https://www.instagram.com/ramonartful/?hl=en
HNT Gordon's 150 mm Tail Vise
I have not yet gotten to use the product as I am still building the bench into which it will be installed. Nonetheless, I have fondled it extensively and totally agree with Derek Cohen's (Perth, AU) assessment - "it's a jewel." It is at least as easy to install as any other end vise with which I am familiar and easier than most. With only a removable dog protruding, the top an side surfaces remain unobstructed. A single small knob (nicely knurled) sticks out the end and never consumes more space. Unless one is going to make replacement dogs for the vise, I would suggest purchasing the ones known to be needed at the time of vise purchase just to avoid additional shipping charges. At this point, I am unable to to think of a single carp about the product. Instead, I find it difficult to restrain my praise enough to avoid irritating those who "listen" to me. Well done, HNT Gordon!
My first and probably last tail vice
Reviewing my workshop set-up, I thought I'd explore the concept of using a tail vice - something I hadn’t done before. I can only say this tool is hugely useful and what’s more, like other HNT products, it is beautifully built and will last a lifetime. Installation was straight forward even with the dodgy bench I installed it in - highly recommended.
Great addition to my workbench. Used a battery circular saw to cut the channel then hand chisel to clean it out. Once installed it is very solid.
My experience with the vise so far is positive. It is clearly well made. I look forward to using it every day for a very long time. Thanks HNT Gordon and Co, Andrew Carmichael
Tail Vice 150mm
The Tail Vice is a long overdue upgrade to my workbench. I love how it fits snugly into the benchtop without having to remove a corner of the bench. I made a parallel row of bench dog holes as suggested by Terry. It works smoothly and holds long boards and irregular shapes firmly. A perfect addition to the face vice and twin screw vice.