I have just bought a new bench drill and am now looking for a vice for it. It appears that a 3" vice is the size that will fit the table, so off I went today and bought a 3" vice. It doesn't fit!
I foolishly assumed that a 3" vice was a 3" vice, however it seems that some are made to fit drill tables with fixing slots 100mm apart (to the centres) and some for 110mm centres. My drill is the later, but the vice I have bought (now that I've unpacked it) is 100mm so I will have to return it.
Have I got all this right? Is there no standard? Or are there 2 standards at100mm and 110mm?! I'm quite new to this and it just seems ridiculous to have such differences, especially when the retailers of the vices never advertise the fixing centre dimensions and often haven't a clue when you ask them. Very confusing and frustrating.
On to my question then - I would prefer to install a cross-vice on this drill and have found a number of 3" examples. I wonder if anyone has experience of any of these cross-vices and can tell me what the fixing centre dimensions are before I order one please?
- Axminster 3" Cross Vice SCV3
- 3" Cross Vice (Reference #CG204) from Chronos
- SIP 3" Cross Vice
Any help or advice would be most gratefully!
Happy New Year...Mark