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Low Profile Turntable Vise
(Turntable and vise sold seperatly)

(Turntable and vise sold seperatly)

Low Profile Turntable Vise Features
**Threaded holes in base jaws for custom fixtures and homemade jaws. 
**Includes pin plates, base and wrench.
**Diameter 6" (same diameter as Goliath vise)
**Jaw width 3"
**Maximum  jaw opening 3.375".  Wider objects can be held using pin plates (5.5") or by making homemade jaws (wood, plastic, or metal) as needed and using supplied screws to hold them on.
**Overall height 4.5"
**Jaw height 1.75"
**
Weight 15.5 lbs.

Benefits to low profile
**The low profile allows tilting of the block without the viewing location moving away from the field of view in a microscope. It stays centered, in a manner similar to the larger Glide-Lock vise and the Dovetail low profile vise.
** The vise has no bearings.  It untilizes the bearings of a turntable.  The absence of bearings in the vise allows a lower profile which provides greater rigidty.
**The lower center of gravity provides stability so that the vise is less likely than a high profile vise to fall over when titled.

Low Profile Turntable Vise
Price $349 plus $30 shipping within USA
 (Price does not include a turntable)

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Lindsay Turntable - 10"diameter, 25lbs.

Above photo of a Lindsay Turntable with a 4" PalmControl vise that is available lower down on this page.

Lindsay Turntable
(does not include vise)

10" diameter steel turntable
Adjustable Friction Brake
1 - 1/8" thick
Weight 25 lbs
Price $429
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The Lindsay Turntable has been built with large ball bearings and a larger diameter race to increase stability without wobble.   However, if at this time you cannot justify the price of my turntable, Engraver Ray Cover discovered more cost effective solution: a Shimpo turntable that can be found on pottery making craft sites.  At the bottom of the page of this link, is the "Shimpo" turntables list of banding wheels. The one to get is model BW-25L.  It is 9.875" in diameter x 2.25" high and at $68.88 (at the time of writing) it's hard not to recommend it for beginners or anyone with a tight budget.  I noticed a little wobble in the one I tested, but it wasn't bad.

How to center a turntable under a microscope
Place your vise on top and approximately in the center of the turntable under your microscope. Adjust the distance/focus on your microscope until your project, or the jaws of the  vise are in focus. Next, spin the turntable while looking through the microscope.  To center, while spinning the turntable, look into the scope and push the whole turntable and/or your scope around until the view seen in the scope is spinning right in the middle of the field of view.    From here, leave the position of the scope and postion of the turntable alone.   To get to another location on the item being engraved in the field of view, simply push the vise around on top of the turntable.  

This process is the same for the Glidelock vise, even though the turntable is built into the vise.


 


Goliath Engraving Block

The Goliath Engraving Vise is a medium profile block, providing transition benefits between a high profile and a low profile block.

Benefits to a medium profile vise
**Can be tilted over farther than a low profile.
**When viewing under a microscope,  a medium profile designed vise allows one to tilt the block without the viewing location moving as far away as it does with a high profile.
**Lower center of gravity provides stability so that the vise does not tend to fall over as easily as a high profile vise when titled.

Goliath Vise Features
**
6" Diameter.
**2.5" high vise jaws with pin plate (1.75 without)
**Adjustable friction drag
**Precision machined and precision fit jaws
**High quality surface finishes
**Machined sphere mating base
**Includes pin plates, base and wrench.
**Three holes in jaws accept pin vise or custom fixtures
**Height from base to top of jaws 6"
**Jaw width 3"
**Maximum jaw opening 3.50"
**
Weight 30 lbs.

Goliath Engraving Vise
$629 
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Goliath Engraving Vise with Leather ring fixture
$665

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Low Profile DoveTail Vise

The Low Profile DoveTail engraving vise is a block with a unique design.  Its unique dovetail and jaw assembly set it apart.

Benefits to a low profile vise
**When viewing under a microscope the Low Profile designed vise allows one to tilt the block without the viewing
location moving away. It will stay centered, similar to the large Glide-Lock vise.
**Lower center of gravity provides stability so that the vise does not tend to fall over as a high profile vise may when titled.

DoveTail Low Profile Vise Features
**
Combine quality, weight, and close tolerance machining.
**Mating surfaces are heat treated and precision ground.
**Precision tapered roller bearing.
**Jaws remove easily for cleaning and to accommodate accessories.
**Turcite bearing material is used on the jaws for demanding wear requirements.
**Adjustable friction drag.
**Three holes in jaws accept pin vise or custom fixtures.
**Includes pin plates, base and wrench.
**Precision ground and polished dovetail jaws provide smooth jaw movement.
**Weight 40 lbs.
**Diameter 8.625"
**Jaw width 3"
**Max jaw opening 3.50"
**Jaw height 1.5" Height from base to top of jaws 5.75"
**Weight 42 lbs.

Low Profile DoveTail Price: $1100 plus shipping. 
Discontinued until further notice.

 


PalmControlŽ Vise

PalmControl AirGraver not included.



Above: PalmControl vise pictured with a Goliath vise for size comparison.

PalmControl Vise
**
4" Diameter
**Has a detent feature  of engaging and disengaging jaw screw retainer
**303 stainless steel
**2" high vise jaws (with pin plate)
**Adjustable friction drag
**Precision machined and precision fit jaws
**High quality surface finishes
**Machined sphere mating base
**Includes pin plates, base and wrench.
**Threaded holes in jaws accept pin plates or custom fixtures (more information on engraving forum)
**Height from base to top of jaws (without pin plates) 4.5"
**Jaw width 1.75"
**Maximum jaw opening 2.4"
**
Weight 10 lbs.

PalmControl Vise: Price $454
Note:
April 14, 2014.  We are out of stock of these.  More should be ready in two to three weeks. You may still order but the vise will not ship until more are ready.  Thanks, Steve
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PalmControl Vise with Leather ring fixture: Price $490

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Steve Lindsay
Heavy Duty Turntable


(PalmControl Vise in photo for size comparison. 
The vise is not included in price. )

Lindsay Turntable
Specifications:
10" diameter steel turntable
Friction brake
1 1/8" thick
Weight 25 lbs
Price $429
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Leather Ring Fixture for Vise pin plates

Place these in vise pin plates to hold rings or other items. 
Leather Ring Holder Price $56
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