Ultimate Versatile Vise

Bestseller Ultimate Versatile Vise
Full dual-axis positioning
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The Garrett Wade Ultimate Versatile Vise can be fully oriented in two axis at the same time - giving you infinitely greater options in positioning. With versatility unequaled by any other shop vise available, the Versatile Vise is as useful for general shop and metal work as it is for the woodworker, patternmaker and carver. This unique vise is highly recommended for all working shops - it will pay for itself 100 the very first time you use its full capabilities.

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This is a tale that requires a bit of history telling: Many decades ago, a small vise company in Ohio made a bench-top cast iron vise that could be oriented on two axis simultaneously. We loved it. Our customers loved it. But sadly, it disappeared.

Then some years ago, a similar vise (now made in China) appeared on the market, but it was not the same. It was a decent tool but was a shadow of its former self because it was limited to one-axis orientation. What was missing was an Accessory Mount that transferred the "Frog into a Prince." We knew this, but apparently no one else figured it out because no improvement ever appeared. So we resolved to do it ourselves. Months later we have succeeded with the invaluable help of historical Flintlock builder and restorer, Jerry Crawford.

Garrett Wade's endeavor to bring the Ultimate Versatile Vise to our customers would not have been a success without the critical contributions of our new friend, and innovative craftsman, Jerry Crawford of Colorado.

Jerry is a retired woodworker and contemporary builder of 17th and 18th century black powder rifles, as well as an inspired inventor and all-around ingenious tinkerer. History buffs in the black powder community, or those who have visited the annual turkey shoot of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association in Friendship, Indiana are probably aware of Jerry's reputation as a skillful craftsman and creative innovator, and his generous help and guidance were critical to the success of our effort.

Thanks, Jerry, for your vital assistance in the development of the Ultimate Versatile Vise, which we hope will bring many woodworkers great satisfaction.
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Length: 11 in
Jaw Depth: 2-1/2 in
Jaw Width: 3-1/2 in
Height: 9-1/4 in
Max Jaw Opening: 4-1/2 in
Weight: 19 lbs

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  • Cumbersome and kind of dangerous. Sadly I have been unable to find a better option.

    Cammer, 10/24/2015 I use this vise for working on handmade knives. The idea is ok, but the tool is very sloppy in use. Without the locking bolts the vise is difficult to position accurately as it is heavyish and out of balance. It then dumps your work for the same reasons when you loosen the vise. You really need four hands to use it safely. The locking bolts are hard to access and hard to tighten securely, especially the vertical lock, which is behind and in back of the vise in a very restrictive spot with no clearance for fingers.
  • Better Than I Expected

    Kent, 10/1/2015 This is an amazing tool. The vice is larger than it appeared to me from the picture on the website. The finished face of the jaws is 2-1/4 x 3-1/2 inches and they open to 5 inches. Two counter set holes in each jaw take a #8 wood screw so you can mount wood faces of your imagination & design. Because it can rotate on two axes, you can set it so your work-piece is clamped in almost any position; horizontal, vertical, offset from horizontal or vertical (or both). When you tighten the vice, a cam locks it in position on both axes. You can use the included T-handle bolts to lock the vice in position before you tighten your work-piece in the jaws. You can also remove the middle piece so that the vice will only rotate on one axis (horizontal).
  • Very Versatile

    Don Krug, 8/21/2015 Great vise which can perform many functions and can be adjusted for many angles.
  • Vise

    Alan P. Neuman, 8/9/2015 Way cool beautifully crafted and handy all purpose vise.
  • Ain't Pretty but Works Great

    Art Baldi, 8/5/2015 First let me say you no longer have to drill anymore holes! It comes drilled & ready to go. I received this vice about a week ago. I was excited to get it & when I opened the box & unpacked it I thought what the HE--! It was covered in a thick greasy muck & It had the red over spray all over. I know it's only a vice but I keep all my tools clean & in excellent working order. I spent about a 1/2 hr. cleaning it with a little steel wool & paint thinner & it looks pretty good. How it works for me, Great! I build a lot of different type of models of which lately it's been wooden ships. I like to carve & prefab parts & this vice will hold them in any position that I have needed. I rate this Vice looks 3 & works 5" = for an overall 4."
  • Good Vise Gone Bad

    Doug Richard, 6/15/2015 This little vise by itself is very handy indeed, but the modification is a joke - worthless for anything heavier than a pencil to sharpen or small piece of wood to whittle. I give it a two instead of a one because the vise itself works very well.
  • Do Everything Vise

    Brad-Armorer, 2/24/2015 This vise really does it all. As a budding gunsmith I find this vise is able to hold pieces where I need them to work at the best angles. It handles all sizes of parts and enables me to really put a lot of pressure on when I need to. Great shop tool.
  • Rotation Locking Knob Should Be Factory Installed

    Dave Ahl, 1/1/2015 The description says, Your Versatile Vise is fully functional in all aspects right out of the box." Well, no it isn't. You've got to install a Rotation Locking Bolt and Knob, which is no piece of cake. You just shouldn't have to do this on a pricey high-end vise. G-W provides the drill and tap, but you need a tap handle, cutting oil, and a LOT of patience to tap a large threaded hole through a 3/4" hunk of cast iron. Once done, the vise is fine and although G-W says [this change] "is not necessary at all," it absolutely is if you're doing any work with small items or hobby stuff."
  • Unique Order

    Michael Young, 12/27/2014 This vise is as advertised, rather universal in its adjustability and, thanks to the furnished setscrew and tools to install it, most useful to a carver or model maker. Other heavy duty uses are obviously possible. This vise is available elsewhere, but not with the extra adjustment screw, which is truly a necessity for easy positioning of the angle of the jaws. The work of drilling and tapping the extra set screw was not difficult with all but the driver furnished. The furnished drill bit was defective (improperly sharpened), but served well as a final sizing prior to tapping. The tap was not defective. My suggestion would be to drill a smaller pilot hole prior to the final sizing drill. I did cheat a bit by clamping the vise to my drill press table and using the drill press to exactly drill the pilot and final hole. The vise is mechanically a five and works smoothly throughout its adjustment range. The reason for a four rating was the rather crude finishing work on some surfaces- no effect on the function though. This vise has replaced the other vises as my first use tool for holding pieces to be worked on from multiple angles.
  • Good but could be better

    Jim Halloran, 12/25/2014 I like the vise for all the usual reasons. I make rustic wood furniture so I use limbs and saplings. This vise without any round rubber grips to hold onto the round pieces of wood is not particularly useful. So I encourage the manufacturer to make soft grips for this great vise.
  • Ultimate Versatile Vise

    Bob, 12/22/2014 The vise was purchased to mount on my portable woodworking table. The 360 degree turning capabilities allows for multiple angles of use. It appears well built with no problems to address at this time. I mounted wooden jaw pads which I found easy to attach with the pre-drilled holes. I am very pleased with the purchase.
  • Versatility

    S Roth, 11/29/2014 This is truly a VERY versatile vise! I lined the jaws with hardwood covered in leather to provide the best purchase" without making marks on my finished pieces."
  • Great Vise

    Martin, 11/10/2014 This vise is excellent with a multitude of possibilities for use. It is unfortunate that in order to give it the full range of functional possibilities I had to drill and tap an additional adjustment lock. At the price, which was far above comparable units this work should have been done by the maker.
  • Awesome Vise

    Ken, 11/1/2014 This vise will hold anything at any angle especially easy with the included modification kit that makes the vise even more useful. Thanks Garrett Wade for an excellent product.
  • Excellent Value

    J Kanicki, 10/19/2014 Purchased this vise to perform various tooling steps on 1/8 metal bands that I incorporate into my cabinets and furniture (filing, cutting, minor shaping, etc.). The vise works perfect for this and is a very good value. Highly recommend adding the optional tightening screw supplied with the vise. I replace the supplied hand screw with a 2 inch hex screw so I can really tighten it down. "
  • Excellent Buy

    Peter Howard, 7/27/2014 Well designed and built. An excellent value.
  • Very Handy Vise

    Emerie Wiggers, 6/23/2014 Bought this vise for my husband for Fathers Day and it has already been installed on the workbench and put to good use. The name says it all Ultimate Versatile Vise. Great size and not sure there is a position that it won't be able to handle."
  • Revised Review

    John R. Moore, 6/19/2014 A few weeks ago I posted an uncomplimentary review of this product, as mine apparently suffered from a serious casting problem. It literally fell apart under very modest clamping pressure. In a few days I was surprised and pleased to receive a concerned phone call from Garret Wade Customer Service, during which I described the problem in greater detail. I had no expectation of any kind of resolution and requested no consideration, simply assuming I had gotten one of the 1% of failures that can always be expected in any manufacturing process. To my delighted surprise I have been sent a new replacement, courteously pre-drilled, and working perfectly. I've only had a chance to use it but once since it arrived, but I am most appreciative and glad to have it. This concern for the customer shows Garret Wade's full support of their products, and it buys a lot of loyalty. Thank you.
  • Versatile Vise Set Up

    Len Borrisove, 6/9/2014 I elected to add the additional set screw rotational feature to the vise and used a drill press set up to drill and tap the hole. I found the cast iron to be very hard and slow drilling in spite of drilling a pilot hole first. The tapping procedure was equally slow and time consuming due to the quality of cast iron. Once completed it looks like a good feature with a more flexibility for small detailed work which I like and the reason for the purchase. I would like to see plastic or soft jaw covers to reduce damage to sensitive material that are clamped in the vise jaws.
  • Vice

    Lee, 6/8/2014 Real nice! Only issue was the surprise, I had to drill and tap one of the locking handles. They provided the drill and tap and instructions. Factory should do this! Great vice to work with (I carve).
  • Disappointed

    John Moore, 5/31/2014 Like many of the other reviewers, I assembled and mounted the vise with great expectations. Like them, too, I found the drill and tap to be useless, but once work-ready, I found that the guide screw stopped working once the jaws were open more than 2 and I could simply pull them apart by hand and withdraw the whole screw with the outer jaw attached. After a dozen or so light duty jobs that required no more than a 2" opening, the pivot set screw housing underneath the main guide screw frame simply fell apart into three pieces. The set screw itself remained in place but the metal component simply disintegrated. I very much like the basic design and concept, but the metal in mine is just porridge."
  • Robust Vise

    Edward Arlt, 2/16/2014 It is a very well designed vise exhibiting good manufacturing execution. Require a bit of assembly, but nothing prodigious. I thought it was well worth the money I spent for it.
  • Exciting

    KC Bulldog, 1/26/2014 This vise is replacing the Parrot Vise from Grizzly. First impression is that this Versa Vise is bigger and heavier, appears better built one from China than the one I replaced. The drilling and tapping may appear to be a daunting chore, but, if you take it nice and easy and don't force the drill bit (and add drilling oil) and have a bit of patience, this aspect goes without incident. The tapping portion is equally as simple, as long as you have patience and add cutting oil. Once completed it is a fine addition to my shop--works great!
  • Versatile Vise - Hopeful

    William, 1/3/2014 After much deliberation, I decided to pull the trigger on purchasing this vise. It is supposed to be the successor of the original Versa Vise (not sure how true). A similar product is on Midwayusa.com called the Shop Fox. I decided on this one after the review for the other indicating it was a cheap knock-off made in china with many vises breaking. I was surprised (probably should not have been) to find when unboxing that this one was also Made in China. I do like the extra movement capability of this one. The tap provided is junk. Save yourself time and go purchase a good 10mm-1.5 tap. We will see how this one endures with time.
  • Love it!

    Red, 11/24/2013 Good quality. Fast delivery.
  • Disappointment

    Bill Taylro, 8/20/2013 Disappointed: The drilling and tapping that had to be done should be done in a shop with drill press and or jigs. The drill and tap sent with the vise was of very poor quality. Had to buy new ones because they would not do the job. After more expense an work. It probably will do the job. Have to get soft jaws somewhere else also.
  • Disappointed

    Ken, 8/13/2013 Did not come as shown in the ad. The rear thumb screw has to be drilled and tapped. They did provide a drill, and tap. Shortly there after they broke, so I took it to the local machine shop to have them do. I like the style of the vise, and it was what I was looking for. Just disappointed.
  • Ultimate Versatile Vise

    Ed Dauphin, 4/4/2013 I enjoy making hand planes, spokeshaves and other hand tools. The Versatile Vise allows me to hold the parts I am shaping in any orientation needed. The modification is quick and simple and really expands the capability of the vise. If you want a vise you can beat the tar out of, this isn't it, but if you want one which can hold object in practically any orientation for shaping, modifying or carving this is a must have. I mounted mine on a large 3/4 plywood base which I attach to the bench top with easily removable screws so that I can move it where it is needed and clamp it down. I dressed the sharp edges with a file to eliminate unnecessary blood letting and I made a set of wooden leather line vise jaws to hold my parts without marring. Solid old tool design, improved and brought back to life. WOW!"
  • Versatile Vise

    Hank Kennedy, 3/12/2013 While I haven't had the vise long enough to put it thru all it's paces, I am impressed with versatility and adaptability it has. My only complaint is pretty minor. While the fit was excellent the finish wasn't up to standard, with large sags and drips in the paint. Since I don't want to give up bench edge space I have it mounted on a base big enough to clamp to the bench out of the way of the work space. Hank Kennedy
  • Versatile Vise

    Leighton Smith, 3/10/2013 This vice is a gotta-have-it item for gun stock shaping and inletting. Well made and functions well. With the included modification tools and parts it becomes the best vice of it's type on the market. There are two holes in each side of the smooth jaws so you can easily install wood or other pads to protect you work piece.
  • Ultimate Versatile Vise

    Don Klatt, 3/5/2013 I just retired and have started to become a gunsmith. I have been looking at several vises but this vise with the added accessory arm and pivot lock are what sets this vise apart from the others I have looked at. At the present I am very pleased and hope that as I continue to use it I will be even more happy than I am now. Thanks
  • Underwhelmed

    Nick Capitumino, 3/3/2013 My wife bought this for me as a birthday gift and initially it looked pretty good. That was until I mounted it and saw it's limitations. You cannot exert any pressure on the vise without it turning or swiveling on you. No matter how tight you try to adjust it the vise will move if you put pressure on it. I believe it's OK for light work where you need something held while you file or sand on it. If it's something that requires force applied the vise will move or rotate. The idea that one must drill and tap your own locking screw is a stretch. Couple that with the drill and tap supplied. I have D&T'd a few holes in my day but never one that required as much force to turn the tap as this one! I used Tap Magic as a lube and there were a number of times I thought I would break the tap before I finished the hole. I'm keeping this due to it being a gift and it may be useful for some light work. The idea is good but the execution leaves much to be desired.

    Response By: Garrett Wade Tech Department
    Thank you for taking the time to review the Ultimate Versatile Vise. We're sorry that you are not fully satisfied with this item. Please return it back to us using the label which came in the package. A refund will be issued immediately upon it's return.
  • Articulating Vise

    John Rivalsky, 2/24/2013 I purchased this vise after a reading a review of it in Shop Notes magazine (issue 127). It appears to be as versatile as described in that review. I haven't installed or used it yet but would like to see a number of auxiliary jaw faces with a quick attach and release feature. I envision using it for woodworking as well as general purpose work.
  • Wonderful AddItion

    Dennis Plescia, 2/23/2013 I drilled and tapped the base to enjoy the full capabilities of this wonderful vice. I installed it on my layout bench and put it to use right away.
  • Surprised

    Chris Davis, 2/19/2013 I was surprised to find a drill bit and tap in the package, and to discover that I had to drill and tap the hole for the front to back set screw. I believe that I will have to make additional modifications to make that set screw effective. Screwing it down against the smooth surface of the accessory arm does not securely hold the vise when pressure is applied to something held in the jaws of the vise. I expect to have to drill a series of dimples a couple of degrees apart to secure the angle when working a piece held in the vise.
  • Beware

    Jeff in Big Sky, 2/15/2013 After following the modification instructions to the letter and putting this vise to through simple paces it has turned in a very disappointing performance. The vise does not remain positioned during mallet strikes (to a gouge) on a sculpture. Knobs are far to small to be effective. Requested assistance from Garrett Wade via email and have not received a response after two days. Look elsewhere for a dependable vise.

    Response By: Garrett Wade Tech Department
    Thank you for your review on the Ultimate Versatile Vise. We sincerely apologize for the trouble you had with it.  A video of this product is currently in the making. We hope this will helpful to our customers.
  • Pop

    Howard Drucker, 2/14/2013 Liked all of my purchases from Garrett Wade, this item is outstanding. The tech support and included drill, tap and knob, at no additional charge, are a really nice touch. I have come to view Garrett Wade and top quality as synonymous.
  • Quality-Quality

    Nicholas, 2/13/2012 I have purchased many Garrett Wade tools over the last decade . I have never been disappointed. The Ultimate Versatile Vise" was a recent acquisition . It is as much a piece of "mechanical art" as a truly versatile tool. I have purchased tree saws for my grounds, specialty scissors for my Bonsai tree hobby, a very useful , magnetic work bench light and fold-up tool sets for Christmas and birthday gifts.They are always appreciated. Thank you too for your honesty in your advertising. It has always inspired trust in what you present to potential customers.

    Response By: Garrett Wade Tech Department
    Thank you so much for your kind words about us! It is good to be appreciated and we can see that you have been very happy with us over the years. We strive to do our best and carry items which our customers will take pride in and always try to be as honest as possible. We also welcome comments from those who may be a bit disappointed as it helps us to make future decisions on what we should carry. We hope you experience many years of enjoyment with our tools! Thanks, again. "
  • Great Customer Service

    Tom, 1/28/2012 This is a great vise; I've used it a lot. But the customer service is fantastic. The bit and tap originally sent were the wrong size. Getting through to cust service was a quick satisfying experience...I had the correct stuff in a couple of days. Thanks.
  • Fixing the Chinese

    Robert E Stewart, 10/10/2011 So the main part of the vice is made in China, and the special Garret Wade addition that makes it function on the double axis has been added to the package here in the USA. That's why we buyers need to give it the extra special and unique finishing touch. Thanks for providing the drill and tap. It is a great vice, and one with many uses!
  • No instructions

    Peg, 8/24/2011 This vice came with no instructions. Why doesn't the manufacture drill the secondary hole before shipping. If I knew how much trouble this was going to be I would have bought something else. This should be advertised as the Ultimate Frustration".

    Response By: Garrett Wade Tech Department
    Dear Peg,

    We are sorry for not including the instructions for the Ultimate Versa Vise.  I was informed that you were directed to download the instructions from our web site.  Please feel free to contact us should you have technical questions as we will be happy to assist.
  • unfinished

    newwoodproject, 2/1/2011 I was surprised when opening the box since I expected to see a finely finished tool in the GarrettWade tradition. I even thought about sending it back. The buyer has to finish the vise himself by drilling & taping through thick cast iron before it's mounted. It is so heavy & rough that it would fit better in a metal shop rather than a woodworking one. I love its positioning versatility; however, I have yet to actually use it. Since I put it in the middle of my shop, I expect a lot of use from it. Time will tell.
  • Great Vise

    John S., 1/22/2011 Disclaimer: I am in the midst of re-arranging my shop so this vise is still in the shipping box. However I own an identical vise without the secondary mount that provides rotation in two planes. This is my go to" vise for all wood working projects. "
  • Almost Ultimate

    VanDePolder, 11/20/2010 With modification this vise fills the need for a medium sized bench vise with a 2-axis rotating/pivoting feature. It is much more substantial than most currently available hobby bench vises. While installing the M10 bolts w-knob handles was not a problem, I found I had the same issues as Montauk John (New York, NY)...that in use the knobs on the M10 bolts were too small to provide sufficient leverage to hold the intended axis in place. Tightening the cam-lock" action to effectively lock the the pivot axis would require more force than intended to hold some workpieces. I replaced M10 bolts/knob with plain M10 bolts and tried using a 17mm socket and palm ratchet wrench for tightening the bolts...still not enough leverage. Finally, I dedicated a 17mm socket and 3/8 ratchet wrench to the vise for lock tightening...success! With the vise now effectively secured in the desired position, the "cam-lock" feature is now optional. I am now very pleased with this unique and versatile vise for my modeling work and would recommend purchase to others...as modified."
  • Caution required

    Montauk John, 10/25/2010 My decision to purchase was predicated on the proposed flexibility and positioning of clamped objects. I do have severe arthritis in my hands and thought this would be a perfect helpmate. Yes,I was one of the first and was quite surprised at the drilling/tapping requirements to gain multi-position functionality. Once completed I discovered that the thumb screws are difficult to secure tightly to the highly polished, very hard steel cylinders, without the use of a plier type tool. After some experimentation, I rounded the end of the thumb screws to conform to the shape of the cylinders to increase the bite." This made it somewhat easier (and tighter) but the location of each of the thumb screws leaves a lot to be desired as they are somewhat obstructed. Bottom line; the vise is very high quality, remains on my workbench, does get used, and provides needed assistance, but has required me to develop additional "work-a-rounds." "
  • Excellent but you have to do a lot of work 1st!

    Sarawelder, 4/26/2010 This is a really sturdy vice and in it's final form I am very pleased with its versatility. I need to hold items at odd angles for sculpting with power tools.. I certainly didn't realize that I would be expected to drill through more than 1/4 inch cast iron then tap it for the knob shown in the picture to be inserted! I searched for the holes to insert the 2 knobs provided.. and realized that only one hole was present. Luckily they had included a plastic bag with new drill bit and tapping bit, but it was quite a bit of work to do this. The directions were great but as I don't use tap and die technique I had to halt the setup and go out and buy a tap handle... I think this should be made clear before purchase. Having said all that I really am pleased with the sturdiness and flexibility of the vise and also that I learned a new skill in setting it up.

    Response By: Garrett Wade Tech Department
    Thank you for your comments regarding the Universal Versatile Vise. We are very pleased that you appreciate its unique functionality and versatility and that you've already begun putting the vise to good use. Your comments (along with others') regarding the suggested modification has prompted us to revise and post online the Technical Memo that accompanies the tool. We have also posted a revision to the product description which we hope will help customers make a more informed decision. Thanks again for your excellent comments, and for helping us get it right.
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