You might be very surprised to learn that the Brand Name bench vise you think so highly of really isn’t that much better than the El Cheapo Harbor Freight sells.
Before we go any farther though, in the interest of transparency and disclosure, the Youtube video below was made by a gentleman who makes and sells tools for a living, Fireball Tools right up the road in Spokane Washington. Some very innovative and dead on accurate fabrication squares among them.
The vise he is testing all of these brand names against is one that he made in his shop from materials he had on hand and it is a beast that opens up to an incredible SIXTEEN INCHES.
He also has a video of himself building this vise that I highly recommend watching later and the one below is kind of a follow up of that. He currently does not sell the vise he made commercially. It is very, very impressive for something he designed and built from basically scrap materials.
Now that we have that out of the way, if you area real guy, you are going to love this half hour video because he beats the living daylights out of a dozen different vises and then torques them to failure while measuring the amount of force it requires to do so.
You know, BREAKING STUFF.
You will be surprised at some of the results, I guarantee it.