Axminster Trade Vices Mechanic's Multi-Purpose Bench Vice
Axminster Trade Vices Mechanic's Multi-Purpose Bench Vice

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Normally £105.96

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Axminster Trade Vices Mechanic's Multi-Purpose Bench Vice

Code: 505555

  • Jaws can be pivoted 180° either side of vertical
  • Vice can be swivelled through 360°
  • Jaws are ground and cross hatched for maximum grip
  • Integral pipe grips
  • Integral anvil
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In Detail

This is a very comprehensive vice for mechanics and engineers. Constructed robustly in cast iron, it has a host of features not normally found elsewhere. The whole jaw assembly is mounted on a single tube that allows the jaws to be pivoted 180° either side of vertical. The whole vice can be swivelled through 360°, thus allowing access to all parts of an item wherever you wish. The jaws are ground and cross hatched for maximum grip, and you can grip round section material up to 50mm in the integral pipe grips. These are situated on the "downside" of the jaws, just swivel the jaws to bring them to the "topside". A second set of jaws to hold square material is also part of this end of the jaws. Finally, an integral anvil of a good size is provided. This is a seriously good vice that any engineer or mechanic will value. The fixing holes are 13mm diameter with centres on a 125mm square.



Jaw Opening 125mm (5")
Jaw Width 125mm (5")
Model D50L
Nett Weight 20kg
Reviews (3)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.8 out of 5 based on 3 reviews

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David Burton

14 November 2016

Chunky beast but needs some fettling!

I think the box said 21kg. Mine is bolted to a timber base so that I can store it away from my workbench (I'm more woodwork than metalwork)'s OK to carry but I wouldn't want it any heavier, and I wouldn't want to lift it from a lower level's too heavy.
Its quite a large vice but I bought it because I liked the versatility from the ability to rotate in essentially 3 dimensions....and it's pretty good. The jaws are a bit harsh but that's easy to sort either with covers or replacements. The opening and closing of the jaws is smooth and controlled. The rotation in the vertical plane is also smooth - the angle of the jaws is locked either by a specific lock screw or by simply tightening the main jaws.
To me, there is a design flaw in the way the vice rotates on the base. There are two clamps, one on each side of the base and you would think that by slackening these off, the vice should rotate smoothly. Well it doesn't...or rather it's a bit hit or miss. The problem is that as you start to rotate the vice the clamp bolts catch and you have to wiggle the vice around to release movement...not very satisfactory. If you look underneath, you'll see that the two clamp bolts go through a steel clamp plate but as designed, when the clamps are slackened it relies upon the clamp plate dropping cleanly down through gravity to release the rotational motion. I can't see why there aren't springs in compression between the clamp plate and the body of the vice as this would physically force the clamp plate to disengage when the clamps are loosened. I have in fact inserted two such springs on my vice and it does work very much better and the rotation is now fine. So I think that's an oversight by whoever made these vices for Axminster...unless they are supposed to be there and mine simply didn't have them. Easy to source via eBay or maybe a motor parts supplier (the springs I used were from an old plunge router). So a 10 minute job plus a bit of grease and you'll have a far better bit of kit.
Also worth pointing out that it is easy for the bottom jaws to catch the fixing bolts when rotating in the standard vice position. If the domed head of a coach bolt is at the upper end of the fixing, then no problem. But if you are using standard fixing bolts or as in my case, coach bolt head underneath with washer and nut above, it'll catch so you'll need to use thin washers and cut back any protruding bolt thread.
The 4* mark for quality is because of the clamp/rotating issue. The 5* for value relates to the special offer price of £63. At full price of £105, I'd only give 4* because it shouldn't be necessary to 'fettle' something like a vice at that sort of cost.
So overall, pretty good. I'd certainly recommend this vice and with a bit of tweaking + refining the jaws, I think most practical people would find the strength but particularly the ability to move the vice essentially in three planes whilst holding work, very useful

Rory Cowan

31 October 2016

Good Piece of Kit

I bought one of these several months ago and have used it a lot since. I have not done really heavy blacksmithing type work on it, however I have used it for normal workshop stuff like forming and filing etc and it is exactly what I need.


4 June 2015


I was given this vice in error by my father a few years ago (I had asked for a cheaper, more basic one...), and was quite surprised by what I received. I was a bit dubious at first as to how sturdy it would be, but I was pleasantly surprised by it and continue to be very pleased with both the quality of build and flexibility of the design.
I don't use it for seriously heavy work, but it is a fantastic medium duty vice with a surprisingly light touch.

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