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The New VX20F Face Vise

  The new VX20F face vise has many new features based on customer feedback and retains the quick action clamping with no racking just like the previous vise. It has a totally enclosed housing to protect the mechanism from sawdust and shavings and is completely assembled. The VX20F will be sold as the vise hardware itself with the handles sold separately to allow the customer to customize the vise as desired. The vise pictured is a production intent prototype. The production [...]

New Rack Bar

  The improved face vise will feature a new rack bar which will replace the old style transfer bar. This is just the bar that connects the two vise mechanisms. The new rack bar is actually two separate parts joined together with slots and bolts. This arrangement allows the rack bar to adjust infinitely to whatever clamp shaft center to center spacing you have. Additionally, this adjustability allows the two clamping mechanisms to be very precisely synchronized for very quick [...]

We Can Do Threads Too!

  We are known for our screw-less vises but that doesn't mean we can't do threads. One of the improvements we are doing is adding threaded knobs to our handles! This is a little more work for us but it will be worth it. The threaded knobs will end problems with wood movement causing the knob to come loose. Our threads are precisely machined for a very close fit and we have added leather bolsters which serve two purposes. They [...]

Change is Coming

We have been busy at work in the research and development laboratory at Hovarter Custom Vise. We are so far along in the development of some exciting new products that we have decided to stop producing the old version of the face vise and wagon vise to give us time to begin producing the new versions. Although we can’t disclose all of the details of the new vises we can give you some general information. Face Vises: The quick action [...]

More About the X Link

I have finally gotten the first production X Link's ready for shipment. Shown in the picture above is the X Link in black anodized finish. The 3/8" diameter pivot pins are shown to the left and the shiny plates to the right are the wear plates. Some of the features and advantages of the X Link are described below and a YouTube video showing these features may be viewed by clicking on the link below. The pivot pin for the [...]

Router Template

I have a customer in Italy who purchased a VX 20 vise. He was having trouble finding the correct size drill bits to install the vise. There are no equivalent metric Forstner bits near the 2-1/2" and 1-3/4" sizes. We decided that the best approach would be to initially drill the vise parts with a 1-1/8" Forstner bit and then open the holes up using a plunge router with a template bearing. There is a metric size drill bit [...]

VX 20 Fully Dressed

Here is the VX 20 all dressed out in new production colors! I am really happy with how it came out and I hope you are too. I always love seeing the rough machined parts make the transition to finished parts. The aircraft aluminum housing parts are first vibratory tumbled to ease all the edges and produce a very uniform surface for finishing. We then send the parts out to our local anodizer. Anodizing provides a very durable good looking [...]

Introducing the X Link

  The X Link is my adaptation of the nineteenth century scissors mechanism used with a leg vise to eliminate the need for a pin in the lower guide board. I have used modern materials and have added improvements to make it function better and ease installation. The X Link is shown used with the VX 20 vise mechanism to create a  quick action pinless leg vise. Here is a link to a YouTube video of the vise in action: X Link [...]

Progress

We are hard at work producing the parts to make the VX 20 vise. I thought I would share some of the processes that go into making the vise.  The picture above shows some parts right after machining.  After machining there are a lot of burrs and tool marks in the parts. To get rid of all of the marks and soften all of the corners the parts are put into a vibratory tumbler with little cone shaped dense [...]

VX 20 Vise Now Available For Pre – Order!

Pre - order the VX 20 vise now and save $10.00! This special will only be offered for a limited time so hurry. The metal hand wheel and wooden hub with handle have also been added to the product line up. The pre - order vises will be shipped on a first come first served basis. We plan on having vises ready for shipment in early October. When the pre - order period is over the price will rise [...]