Front view


For the first few months of my 'live-in shop' I was using a 3" precision machinists vise for my mill work holding. It has it's advantages but it is a PITA to set up!  So I set out to find the next size up - a 4" 'Kurt' style vise - at 1/5th the price.  I knew it would be a tad over-sized/over-kill, but I think the extra mass it adds will aid in general chatter reduction and such... So I did find a Big Vise - and it just fits on my Small Mill!

Front view
Big Vise

Bottom View


This is an 'Angle-lock' style vise which means the movable jaw tilts forward a bit to help keep the work piece from popping up.

Bottom View
Big Vise

Rotating base


This is not being used at this time. I need all the height above the table that I can get - and bolting direct to the table gives a more ridged setup.

Rotating base
Big Vise

Bottom of Rotating Base


Both the vise and the rotating base have been milled for adding alignment bars.

Bottom of Rotating Base
Big Vise

View of Main Screw


It was good to see a sturdy Acme thread on the main screw!

View of Main Screw
Big Vise

In place – ready to make chips!


This turns out to be the most useful mounting of the vise.  I still need to add the alignment bars to the base - that would def quicken the setup times.

In place – ready to make chips!
Big Vise

Side view on LMS-3960 mill


This is an 'Angle-lock' style vise which means the movable jaw tilts forward a bit to help keep the work piece from popping up.

So - after much scouring of eBay offerings and other web sales, I settled on a good looking candidate at "Tools4Cheap" - a well liked web seller in Boston, MA. With shipping to NJ, the vise came in at $112. NOT a bad price.

And it is ONE big vise (X2 mill-wise); a real "hunka-hunka" burning iron!
(Sorry Elvis...  )

Side view on LMS-3960 mill
Big Vise

View from the front


This position is less useful as it is hard to get the vise tied to the table, and still have the jaws under the quill.

View from the front
Big Vise

Closer view of the end


Just barely fits aligned with the table!  Not sure if this setup will ever be used

Closer view of the end
Big Vise