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Wilton introduces new Tradesman bench vise

April 3, 2019
The new Tradesman version comes in four sizes, with jaw widths of 4-1/2", 5-1/2", 6-1/2" and 8".

Wilton has introduced a new version of its iconic Tradesman bench vise, which features a fully sealed, one-piece spindle nut assembly; redesigned spindle assembly with replaceable Tommy bar; precision machined slide; and machined steel serrated jaw inserts with black phosphate, anti-corrosion coating.

Tradesman is Wilton’s top-selling bench vise and a shop-floor favorite in the manufacturing, fabrication, automotive, construction and oil and gas industries. The new Tradesman version comes in four sizes, with jaw widths of 4-1/2", 5-1/2", 6-1/2" and 8".

In contrast to most other bench vises, Tradesman’s spindle nut is securely anchored at the rear, rather than fixed in the center.  This design provides an even, straight- line pull that decreases backlash and increases clamping force, while significantly extending service life.  The bench vise’s round channel design allows for a fully enclosed and sealed spindle assembly, which keeps debris out and retains lubrication for years of smooth, maintenance-free operation.  

The Tradesman’s redesigned spindle assembly features a replaceable Tommy bar, which allows for decreased cost of ownership if this component is damaged. A round, precision-machined steel slide bar eliminates movement of the front jaw, regardless of the opened distance.

For additional versatility, the vise is equipped with replaceable, serrated jaw inserts and pipe jaws. The durable, machined-steel jaw inserts are black phosphate coated for increased corrosion resistance.  An oversized, striking anvil, is built to take a beating during the shaping or forming of metal and other materials.

The 60,000 psi, ductile iron body, jaws and base of the new Tradesman vise are virtually indestructible and backed by Wilton’s Lifetime Warranty. The vise has a 360 degree swivel base with a four-bolt mounting system and double lockdowns. Both the locking nuts and base have serrated edges that engage securely when tightened to prevent rotation of the vise without slippage during use        

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