Ultimate Vise

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A legendary tool returns — now a StewMac exclusive!
Unique 360-degree, 3-dimensional adjustment.

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Ultimate Vise

Item # 3412


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Product Details

A legendary tool returns — now a StewMac exclusive!
Unique 360-degree, 3-dimensional adjustment.

We're delighted to bring back the remarkably versatile Ultimate Vise and introduce it to a new generation of luthiers. It features sure-grip urethane-lined steel jaws on a 360-degree rotating/extending/tilting steel shaft. The sturdy 3-inch (76.2mm) steel ball joint locks the vise rock-solidly where you need it.

Imagine quickly positioning your work at practically any angle you need: easy one-handle 3-dimensional adjustment does it. With the Ultimate Vise, you always have a comfortable, accessible position for working.

- Work more comfortably without backstrain
- Reposition your work without removing it from the vise
- Versatile rear jaw swivels to clamp necks, bodies and angled workpieces
- No-dent urethane jaw liners protect guitar finishes and grip small workpieces
- Easily lock rotation, elevation and extension with a single handle

- Front vise jaw extends to approximately 21" (533.4mm)
- 4-1/2" x 3" (114.3mm x 76.2mm) jaws open to approximately 7" (177.8mm)
- Easy handwheel jaw closure and removable fast-crank handle
- 24-lb. heavy-duty steel construction for lifetime service
- Requires only a single mounting hole in your workbench
- 2-1/2"-tall (63.5mm) riser with threaded bench mounting rod and nut included

SAVE! Order the ShopStand and Ultimate Vise Set: maximize the space in your shop and work more comfortably than ever before.

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Product Instructions

Ultimate Vise Installation Instructions

Installation instructions for the Ultimate Vise.

Ratings & Reviews

Ultimate Vise

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Killer vice 

By John, Bluesman Vintage Guitars from Nashville tn
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, February 07, 2014

This vice is excellent for neck shaping, and has the range of motion needed for a lot of tricky "drop fill" finish repairs to keep the drops from running out of control. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!


By Snider Guitars from Rochester, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, January 03, 2013

I love this vise. I can't believe I lived so long without it. Mine has no quality issues whatsoever - works like a dream. If you can afford one, get one.

A pretty good vise, but....

By Michael Kolb from Sheridan, OR
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 08, 2011

The welds are sloppy-looking, but that didn't really detract from the performance. What DID disappoint me was the urethane faces becoming partially detached almost immediately. I removed and re-glued them, and that's something every owner of this vise should do right away. The last thing you want to see is someone's guitar sitting on the floor in the morning because the vise faces couldn't grip it!

It's here now and works OK. The feature I like best is the ability to hold instruments at any angle, particularly while a touchup is drying.

To be honest, this particular purchase was "almost regretful".... it's a fine vise but, for the better part of $500, the money really could've been better spent elsewhere.

The Truly Ultimate Vise

By Bob Gleason from Kurtistown, Hawaii
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, February 12, 2011

I have more than a few Stew-Mac tools. A certain amount of them go into the cabinet, never to be seen or heard from again. This vise is different. It truly is an ultimate vise. I have 2 of the swivel pattern makers vises from them that I will most likely seldom use again. The vise did require some adjustments to become functional, but they were cheap and easy.

As far as loosening up the mechanisms, I just greased everything with white lithium grease and cranked it around until everything worked smoothly. That was easy. The short 1/2" diameter bar that locks the swivel ball joint mechanism in place is useless. You need to put a cheater bar on it to get the leverage to lock it in place. The other option is to do as I did. I replaced the short bar with a 1' long bar. I tapped the ends of the bar to accept a 1/4-20 screw with a washer to keep the bar from sliding out. That was an easy $5.00 fix.

It's always fun to make a tool better. I also removed the spring and ball bearing that was used to keep the short bar from sliding out. No need for them anymore. I seldom recommend tools, but this one is a winner. The cost of the Ultimate Vise kept me from buying it for awhile, and I'm sorry I waited. As their info says, it holds your work at almost any height or angle you'll ever need. In just a few weeks it has completed revolutionized neck carving and fitting dovetails in my shop!

Horrible quality

By BWillis from Ellenton,Florida
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 02, 2011

I received the vice last night, 2/1/2011 and was really excited to get it set up. As typically happens with a Fed Exp delivery, the vice was partially hanging out of the box when it was dropped off at my door. No damage but hate to get shipments from Fed Exp.

I was shocked at the quality of this vice for the price. The welds were the sloppiest I have ever seen and there was a sticker on the vice "made in Taiwan" it's really lousey workmanship. I expected a lot more from a stew mac product and I'm probably going to send this thing back. Really really disappointed! I also had a hard time getting the handle screwed in.

Really good vice

By Dogwood Guitars from Kansas City, MO
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, August 08, 2010

I intended to pass on this vice since I already have the Stew Mac guitar repair vice, but the owner of my luthier school and my instructor both told me to get it. I am glad that I did. The vice is well-made and has become my favorite for holding just about anything related to lutherie. My only complaint is that the hand wheel was sticky when the vice arrived. This has become better with use but is still not as smooth as the cost of the vice would indicate. I love the vice enough that I have chosen to overlook this slight issue and I suspect that it will go away completely as it breaks in fully. All in all, this is a very versatile tool for my shop.

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