I bought a great Craftsman bench vise, back when it was still available, and have gotten some great use out of it. However, when I built my newest workbench I decided to leave the vise off of it. Although a permanently-attached bench vise can be of great usefulness, it was more beneficial for me to have a smooth tabletop.
There are times when I need the holding power of a bench vise, but I still don’t want to install my Craftsman vise to the new workbench and its hole-free tabletop. When the need arises, I will often call upon a portable clamp-on Yost vise that I reviewed a while back. The Yost vise is well built, but it is best suited for lighter duty work-holding needs. I have been making do with the Yost vise, clamps, and other temporary fixtures, but I often wish for a more robust movable bench vise.
Earlier today I happened across the Wilton CBV-100 clamp-on vise that’s shown above, and promptly ordered one. It’s the same Wilton Super-Junior compact vise that is available with a bolt-down swivel base, but instead of the swiveling base it has a swiveling table clamp.
The CBV-100 Super-Junior clamp-on vise features 4″ jaws, a 2-1/4″ jaw opening, and 2″ throat depth. It can swivel 45° left and right, which isn’t very much, but I suppose that’s better than 0°.
As with Wilton’s other bullet vises, this one has an enclosed screw design that seals dust and debris out and lubrication in.
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There’s also the CBV-65, which is similar but with narrower 2-1/2″ jaws and a slightly smaller throat depth of 1-3/4″ (via Amazon).
Update 3/23/17: I ordered one a while back, and I don’t remember the issue, but it was disappointing out of the box. I think the base needed refinishing, or something like that, to get it in full working order. Maybe the jaws were burred and wouldn’t close all the way? It’s been in a “uch I’ve got to get around to fixing this” box for nearly 3 years. I’ll update this post when I dig it out and see what the problem was.