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Anvil Apex Vise

Average Rating: 8.3

Retail Price: 99.95

Manufacturer Description
Stainless Steel Construction, Tool steel jaws, Compact, 7/0 to 32 hooks, Simple adjustment, Rotary, Infinitely adjustable tilt, Simple lock up, Pedestal base AND a C-Clamp, Lifetime Warranty.

Reader Submitted Reviews

Submitted by fly time

Pros
recently bought one of these babies and I can say that I love it, I have put it to work and, it has super holding power, and super smoothe, rotating capability, it is one great vice.

Cons
The only con I can think of is that it comes with everything but a bobbin rest.


Submitted by bluenose

Pros
Solid construction, easy to adjust, comes with C-clamp and pedestal base, lifetime warranty.

Cons
Mine had a small burr on the hinge at the top of the support post. Nicked it off with hemostats - problem solved.


Submitted by Dave Carne

Pros
Have had one of these for a whikle and have to say it's really excellent for the money... I use it mainly for 3/0 Salmon Flies but may jump from this to a #20 buzzer - it NEVER slips - which is I guess what really matters.
Nice smooth, but solid rotattion on the jaws means I never need to lock them in place at all.
Basically if you're starting I'd buy definately buy it!

Cons
Have found the alan bolt locking in the jaw barrel tends to work loose (probably mainly because I've switched it to left hand use which probably means the motion of turning the jaws loosens it).
The shaft is a tiny bit wobbly in the base too.


Submitted by Grey Scot

Pros
This is a finely engineered, well built, easy to operate piece of equipment. It has all the features you look for in a vice, from the strong draw collette jaws and the smooth rotating head to the units adjustibility and solid base and c-clamp.

Cons
I bought mine used, but couldn't find a thing wrong with it. It's only weakness IMO is that the thumbs screws on the vise head and the c-clamp are plastic - but what more could you expect on a sub-$100 vise?


Submitted by Ed

Pros
I upgraded to this vice after 15yrs tying on a cheap Indian vice. I tie all my own flies so thought it was time to treat myself to a good one.
I hate it!
Hooks keep pinging out (half way thru dressing a fly -really frustrating) the whole thing wobbles and loosens itself - unless you have everything screwed down really tight. The adjustment on the jaws is really clunky (as another reviewer said, this may get better with time) and the plastic hand screws were broken out of the box -I had to send away for replacements and was sent the wrong ones.

Cons
See above...


Submitted by Ed

Pros
I upgraded to this vice after 15yrs tying on a cheap Indian vice. I tie all my own flies so thought it was time to treat myself to a good one.
I hate it!
Hooks keep pinging out (half way thru dressing a fly -really frustrating) the whole thing wobbles and loosens itself - unless you have everything screwed down really tight. The adjustment on the jaws is really clunky (as another reviewer said, this may get better with time) and the plastic hand screws were broken out of the box -I had to send away for replacements and was sent the wrong ones.

Cons
See above...


Submitted by Mark Libertone

Pros
My son has one, and I've tied on it. It has many great features of more expensive vises, plus it holds hooks of various sizes very well. It's strong, well constructed, and comes with a table stand or table clamp.

Cons
It's a bit short in length in the barrel, and in the stem height. Otherwise, a great vise for the money.


Submitted by Gambitts

Pros
I recently upgraded to this vise and LOVE it! It has everything I am looking for in a vise. I really like the fine tuning I can do to grip the hook with the jaws. The fact that it came with a base and a C-clamp is a bonus. I plan on spending many hours in front of this vise! Worth every penny!!

Cons
I have two observation I would like to make:
1. The tilt control is with a Hex key. Why? I would rather have an easier way to control the tilt. Now I have to dig around to find a Hex key. Two are supplied, but if you're like me...I'm going to lose it.
2. The C-clamp is made of a very light metal (Aluminum). This gives the feel of it being flimsy, it is NOT. It secures to any table and doesn't move.


Submitted by Eric

Pros
Great looking and functioning vise. Upgraded from a starter vise. It has all the functions that I have been looking for. and at less than 100.00.

Cons
Plastic knobs on hex bolts. Accidental drop and broke off half. Other than that no complaints


Submitted by Gene L

Pros
This is an excellent draw collet vise with extremely good customer support.

If you're having trouble with the hooks "pinging" out of the jaws, you're not setting the hook deep enough into the jaws. With all collet vises, including my HMH Standard, a little bit of adjustment makes a lot of difference. You want to set the vise so it breaks over when it holds the hook without slippage. Takes a bit of getting the knack of it.

I wish the stem was about two inches longer, but if so, it would probably be too long with the included base. I got mine with an included bobbin cradle for less than the MSRP. I got it for a travel vise, but I enjoy tying on it because it's small and very secure.

If you tie on size 8 or larger hooks you should use the grooves in the vise jaws. If you have problems with the vise, contact the manufacturer for personal help. They will respond and take care of the problem.

It's a quality vise at an excellent price.

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