About Us

About Hovarter Custom
  • Leg Vise.
  • Wagon Vise.
  • Face Vise.

Who We Are

in 2005 I decided that I would like to improve my hand tool skills and would need a better bench than a solid core door on 2 X 4 legs. I began researching woodworking benches and really liked Mike Dunbar’s workbench with the big twin screw vise. I thought the vise would be really cool if it had quick action. I went through hundreds of sheets of paper sketching out ideas until I came up with the concept of a flat bar under the bench to transmit motion between two housings. I made a simple wood pattern to have iron castings made for the first prototype. The housings weighed about ten pounds, were complicated and required a third shaft and handle to operate. The transfer bar concept was good but the third handle and shaft had to go.

Back to pencil and paper. Eventually I developed the idea of the current mechanism with a simple clutch. I didn’t think the idea would work and in fact the first prototypes didn’t work. I began systematically testing different materials and designs to eliminate the problems. After a lot of trial and error I finally had a prototype that worked. In 2010 I created the Hovarter Custom Vise and began selling them on the internet. Our current vise series is the third generation, the VX series. The VX series consists of the leg vise, face vise and wagon vise. All feature quick action and easy installation.

My goal is to provide high quality, robust and versatile vise hardware that can be customized by the user into a beautiful traditional style bench vise with highly functional performance.

All the Best,
Len Hovarter,

Lenco Tools LLC & Hovarter Custom Vise