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Pin vise
Posted by Painted Black on Saturday, May 9, 2020 9:39 AM

I'm looking for a new pin vise, and searching there seems to be a million to chose from. Any real good ones? Which do you use?

Thanks

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  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Saturday, May 9, 2020 10:32 AM

Don't know why you would need a new one as mine I've had and probably will have forever. They are very handy tools to have around and glad that I have one, especially to drill out holes for the spark plug wires. Years ago we used to heat up a needle and burn a hole in the cylinder heads for the wires to go to. I can't read the engraving on mine to tell you what kind or brand that I have, however I would think that which ever one you choose will work out for you.

High octane

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Posted by Painted Black on Saturday, May 9, 2020 10:54 AM

The reason I need a new one is because my 25 year old one will no longer get a grip on the smaller bits, And I can remember poking holes with hot wire! Just looking for some input on the nicer vise's that may be out there. But your correct, I should just get the one that looks like it will do the job.

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Posted by Blgrnday on Saturday, May 9, 2020 11:12 AM

i've been using one that has a swivel head on one end . It' s easier to control than the double-ended one I used to use , better balance so less broken bits . I think it is from Tamiya . 

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  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Saturday, May 9, 2020 2:23 PM

I would go online and check out the pin vises on the Micro Mark website and you should be able to find one that will fit your needs.

High octane

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Posted by 58volvoV8 on Monday, May 11, 2020 1:53 AM

I found mine in the trunk of a car I bought 20+yrs ago...made its way into the files and punches drawer of my tool box...then into my model box....sorry that was no help....but if the Chuck is bad try and see if the Chuck insert from a Dremel will fit if ya got one.....i have a cheapo harbor freight one that has several and seems like they may work

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, May 11, 2020 6:21 AM

Find one that has a swivel head that turns in either direction and has multiple collets stored within itself.  I have one that was made many years ago by General Hardware Manufacturing Co. in New York.  It has two different size collets for very small drill bits to larger bits about 3/16" in size.  

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Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Monday, May 11, 2020 7:04 AM

https://www.amazon.com/Plastic-Handle-Collet-Jewelry-Watchmaking/dp/B01A9E6YVU/ref=sr_1_154?dchild=1&keywords=pin+vise&qid=1589198416&sr=8-154

I have one similar to this one that I have used for more years than I can remember, as a matter of fact all I can read on the handle is "ndia".  However mine came with four collets and will hold bits from very, very small to about 1/8".  I like this design because the ball fits nicely in the palm of my hand and I can turn the shaft with my fingers.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 11:29 AM

Like many things in this hobby, the preference is quite personel. I have a half dozen different pin vises on my bench, but the one I always reach for when drilling holes is this one;

I like the way this one feels in the hands compared to the others. It is nicely weighted, and the small body diameter means more revolutions per roll of the thumb & fore finger. Also, another handy feature, and the reason I bought this particular pin vise years ago; the hex shape of the end pieces allows you to hold the pin vise securely in a bench vise for making simulated hex nuts or bolt heads from brass or aluminum stock. Just chuck a piece of tube or rod stock in the pin vise, then clamp the pin vise in the bench vise horizontally. File a flat on the top surface of the stock, then release the pin vise from the bench vise, rotate one flat, then reclamp. File a flat on the top surface again, then repeat until all six sides are filed flat.

The double end is handy, though in most cases you still have to remove the drill bit from the unused end when drilling. Micro Mark sells this pin vise for $11.95. Actually, unsure where I originally bought mine, I recently discovered this, and I will be ordering a second one soon.

There is another one on their site called the High Precision Micro Pin Vise which I will also be ordering, and sells for $14.95. It holds only small drill bits, and has an even smaller body diameter for more drilling revs, important when using very small drill bits due to the low surface speed.

Some have recommended a swivel head pin vise, and for very good reason. Ultimately, they are more convenient and comfortable, and provide good control.  However, despite having two different ones to choose from, I still always reach for my trusty, nameless, double ended pin vise. Just my two cents. Again, the choice is personel.

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- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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Posted by Painted Black on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 2:48 PM

Thanks everyone, most helpful, been real busy so I'll get back in a few days with what I chose, again thanks.

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  • From: Rocky Mountains, USA
Posted by micrometer on Sunday, May 17, 2020 1:24 AM

I had a similar issue that the smallest drill bit #80 would not let the pin vise grab it strong enough to keep it from spinning. I added JB weld to thicken the bit diameter. It's now thick enough to allow the pin vise to grip.

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Posted by Painted Black on Sunday, May 17, 2020 7:09 AM

Well, I got this one, andI like it.. thanks for the tip on JB weld...will try it.

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Sunday, May 17, 2020 7:57 PM

Very nice. 

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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Posted by jhande on Sunday, May 31, 2020 9:01 AM

I prefer the short pin vise with the swivel head. It also stores an extra collet inside. Each collet is reversible for different sized bits. The swivel head helps keep pressure and alignment especially for the thin spark plug wire size bits.

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