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New 5 Inch Diameter Handwheel for Wagon Vise

We have finally added the 5" handwheel to the website. This smaller handwheel is specifically for the wagon vise and is just like the larger 8" diameter wheel used with the VX20 leg vise and the VX20F face vise. The 5" handwheel comes with a quick release pin with a large split ring and also includes a smaller split ring which is less obtrusive. The large 8" handwheel shown above also now includes the smaller split ring which may be installed [...]

Additional Information on the VX20W Wagon Vise

I have received many comments and questions about our new wagon vise. This might turn out to be our most popular vise! The dog block for the VX20W vise mechanism simply bolts to the side with four 1/4" diameter hex head cap screws that are counter-bored into the dog block. It is designed for a 1-3/4" thick dog block but a thinner dog block may be used if you substitute shorter bolts (the dog block pictured is 1-3/8" thick). A [...]

Say Hello To The New VX20W Wagon Vise

  We are really excited to show the first images of the new VX20W quick action wagon vise. I wish this new vise was not hidden under the bench because I think it looks pretty cool! We have made a lot of refinements and improvements with this new vise. The housing is very small and is totally enclosed to keep the sawdust out.   The four bolts protruding from the side of the housing are used to mount the wooden dog block [...]

The New VX20F Face Vise

  The new VX20F face vise has many new features based on customer feedback and retains the quick action clamping with no racking just like the previous vise. It has a totally enclosed housing to protect the mechanism from sawdust and shavings and is completely assembled. The VX20F will be sold as the vise hardware itself with the handles sold separately to allow the customer to customize the vise as desired. The vise pictured is a production intent prototype. The production [...]

New Rack Bar

  The improved face vise will feature a new rack bar which will replace the old style transfer bar. This is just the bar that connects the two vise mechanisms. The new rack bar is actually two separate parts joined together with slots and bolts. This arrangement allows the rack bar to adjust infinitely to whatever clamp shaft center to center spacing you have. Additionally, this adjustability allows the two clamping mechanisms to be very precisely synchronized for very quick [...]

We Can Do Threads Too!

  We are known for our screw-less vises but that doesn't mean we can't do threads. One of the improvements we are doing is adding threaded knobs to our handles! This is a little more work for us but it will be worth it. The threaded knobs will end problems with wood movement causing the knob to come loose. Our threads are precisely machined for a very close fit and we have added leather bolsters which serve two purposes. They [...]

Change is Coming

We have been busy at work in the research and development laboratory at Hovarter Custom Vise. We are so far along in the development of some exciting new products that we have decided to stop producing the old version of the face vise and wagon vise to give us time to begin producing the new versions. Although we can’t disclose all of the details of the new vises we can give you some general information. Face Vises: The quick action [...]

More About the X Link

I have finally gotten the first production X Link's ready for shipment. Shown in the picture above is the X Link in black anodized finish. The 3/8" diameter pivot pins are shown to the left and the shiny plates to the right are the wear plates. Some of the features and advantages of the X Link are described below and a YouTube video showing these features may be viewed by clicking on the link below. The pivot pin for the [...]

Router Template

I have a customer in Italy who purchased a VX 20 vise. He was having trouble finding the correct size drill bits to install the vise. There are no equivalent metric Forstner bits near the 2-1/2" and 1-3/4" sizes. We decided that the best approach would be to initially drill the vise parts with a 1-1/8" Forstner bit and then open the holes up using a plunge router with a template bearing. There is a metric size drill bit [...]

VX 20 Fully Dressed

Here is the VX 20 all dressed out in new production colors! I am really happy with how it came out and I hope you are too. I always love seeing the rough machined parts make the transition to finished parts. The aircraft aluminum housing parts are first vibratory tumbled to ease all the edges and produce a very uniform surface for finishing. We then send the parts out to our local anodizer. Anodizing provides a very durable good looking [...]