Terra Rotary Vise
Decent first vice for beginner
I bought this based on price and the amount of flies I tie. I don't tie a lot, and $100 was a little high for the amount that I tie.
If you get this, take it apart and lube the rotary mechanism. I put a number 111 o-ring between the rotary knob and tension nut to keep consistent pressure on the rotary. Once lubing everything and making sure every was aligned and tightened, it worked great.
The jaws hold well and after adding a spring clamp on the main shaft to support the bobbin holder, (that way it swings full 360 with out having to adjust the height), it works very well.
The c-clamp is solid and grips well. It looks wide enough to clamp to a park bench or picnic table as well.
I would recommend this to another beginner tier, but I can see moving up in vises sooner than later.
December 14, 2014
The terra vice is a lot of vice for the money,the only adjustments I made after using it was a good lubrication through out. I also used lock tight on some of the threads.
February 28, 2014
30 seconds and its good
clamps down well on a variety of hook sizes. the rotary part was terrible until i grabbed a bit of lube and greased up the contact points of the nut and the rotary housing, and the point where the rotary housing connects to the nut on the right of it. After using it without the lube, if you loosen these two nuts, you will see the points of contact, just grease those up a little and the rotary works great! good price for it too
December 28, 2013
not a bad product
ok, guys. this vise is my 1st one. after doing a month of reading reviews, emailing a company or 2 and touching a few different vises. i decided on this one.
i used it for a couple hours and decided to disassemble it and clean it and re-oil it. cleaned with Brakleen (non-chlorinated) used Reel Butter Oil to re-oil.
anyway, back to the vise. put together well. the machining is 'poor' in a few places. mainly on the base. the jaws are a little heavy.
overall, this is a good 1st vise, at least for me. not the cheapest, but couldn't justify $100+ on a 1st vise.
May 6, 2013