Wilton’s Tradesman Vise Seals Out Sawdust

The new Tradesman family of bullet vises from Wilton has been around for over a year now and has received great reviews. It features an enclosed design that keeps lubrication in and contaminants out, for a lifetime of smooth operation. This is one tough vise – it has a 60,000 PSI ductile iron body, jaw and base and is virtually indestructible, which is why the company has backed it with a lifetime warranty. It also has double lockdowns that secure it while in use, and a 360° swivel base. The five vises in the family are not inexpensive, but this is probably a once-in-a-lifetime investment for most shop owners. Wilton has redesigned the spindle assembly, and supplies a replaceable tommy bar (the handle, which woodworkers can of course replace with a shop-built version). The Tradesman has a precision machined sliding bar that eliminates movement in the front jaw regardless of the opened distance, and that’s important when you’re doing fine work. The machined steel serrated jaws have a black phosphate coating for durability and corrosion resistance, and they’re easy to swap out for shop-made, cork-faced, hardwood versions when a woodworker needs to protect delicate assemblies. There’s also an oversized anvil for shaping metal (or perhaps working out frustrations when parts don’t fit?). The Tradesman comes in size options that include opening capacities from 3-1/2” to 6-3/4”, and jaw widths from 4-1/2” to 8”. Here’s a short YouTube™ video...