The mod vises are the real deal! Especially for the smaller machines such as the Tormach 770.
SMW dedication to quality standards has been an absolute joy. I truly appreciate the time spent on SMW perfecting this product along with the care of given to preserving the Made in the USA badge. Excellent product!
The combination of the mod vises and fixture plate have been a game changer for us. It's allowed us to run multiple setups and ops while keeping repeatability and reduced setup times.
Just a simple photo from earlier today on my hobby pcnc 440. I love these, they help me maximize the limited space I have. So happy with purchase.
Wow folks, thank you! As a small business owner I chose very late in my career to give a small CNC machine a try after years of only having done basic manual machining most of my life. We use this machine for prototype and very low production runs as well as one off parts, and for that reason it is hard to predict what we will run next. Hands down, the SMW goodies shown on our simple little Tormach mill has been the best money spent. The setup flexibility is incredible and beyond the great NYCNC videos, the design and execution of these products just shows that SMW is actually an even better company than I suspected. Service and support along with fast delivery has been a bonus. You people rock! Deep, deep respect from all of us at Cogent Dynamics Inc in North Carolina. Thank you!
What do you get the husband who has everything for Christmas… simple, a Saunders Mod-Vise of course!! ;o)
Fantastic product. Initial setup was simple and it decreased time to switch between jobs by >80%.
I am really happy with the vice. I originally purchased the single station and I should have bought the Dual kit. Saunders really helped me out and assisted me with the upgrade items I required. Shipping is expensive to Australia so if your on the fence, buy the duel kit you will not regret it.
This really allowed me to start machining better parts without fear of crashing into a vice or items on the table.
The craftsmanship on the pieces is beautiful and first class. I have not yet had a chance to put them to use. A machinist friend of mine is making a fixture plate for me and as soon as it is finished I will be excited to use the vise jaws.
Machining looks awesome, parts were neatly packaged, delivered on time, and price is great.
Love these little vices! great versatile addition to my SMW fixture plate.
Thanks John for the help!
Used on my homemade CNC machine using a homemade 1/2" fixture plate. While the genuine SMW fixture plates I've bought for work are certainly a nicer experience of using this system, I am bootstrapping my home shop and using a homemade fixture plate is an acceptable solution as long as it is rigid enough. You'll want to eventually upgrade to a steel fixture plate because it just takes the wear and tear of frequent setups better, but the real value is in the mod vises IMHO. Extremely clever, and takes a lot of head-scratching out of job setup work.
This is a fantastic product from a fantastic company. I really admire John and how he gives back to the CNC community with awesome training and a passion for knowledge (as well as highly useful products!) . Highly recommended.
I have an old VF4 that I equipped with two Pierson pallets. I machined two plates with Pierson features on the bottom and Saunders pin/bolt pattern on the top. It's proving to be very versatile, accurate, and not too expensive! I can mount a double mod vise on each pallet and either have four separate locations or span the distance between them for holding long pieces. I recently machined some features in some 29" long pieces of aluminum square tubing, worked perfectly.
Great Design and beautifully machined!
Top notch quality! We got these as a part of a kit along with a custom fixture plate. Thanks SMW.
Really excellent mod vise and going to get more. Highly recommend.
I am running two mod vises and a conventional vise in my default setup but finding more and more parts making their way into the mod vises as I get more comfortable with using them. I think pretty quick I’ll just be using them exclusively.
This will be short and sweet. These vises are awesome. It has allowed me to increase part density while gaining back multiple inches of Z height. Not to mention, my parts sit flatter in these then they ever did in my Tormach vises (which are relatively nice). Also no eternal chip mess like you have in the internals of a normal style vise. In summation; a game changer for me.
Very good quality, great design and they save a ton of Z axis space over a vise.
This mod vise is pretty awesome. I am already using it to quickly solve holding problems that I used to struggle with. I will be getting more. Bravo!
Delivery to the UK was just 3 days! It's a beautiful vice and a must buy for those that have a machine (i have a hobby 3040CNC) with low z clearance.
I've been using a basic drill vice on my machine since I purchased it and this is a massive step up in my work holding. The talon grips clamp down very well!
Workmanship is beautiful.
This vise helped me successfully make my first CNC part. Impeccable quality and low profile. A must have for the SMW fixture plate.