Stainless steel vises are made of a kind of material called stainless steel, which belongs to a family of iron based alloys that contain a minimum of approximately 11% chromium, a composition that prevents the iron from rusting as well as providing heat-resistant properties. Different types of stainless steel include the elements carbon, nitrogen, aluminum, silicon, sulfur, titanium, nickel, copper, selenium, niobium, and molybdenum. Specific types of stainless steel are often designated by a three digit number, for example, 304 stainless steel.
Stainless steel vises have the ability of resistance to ferric oxide formation results from the presence of chromium in the alloy, which forms a passive film that protects the underlying material from corrosion attack, and can self heal in the presence of oxygen. Additional molybdenum and addition of nitrogen also improves resistance to pitting corrosion and increases mechanical strength. Thus, there are numerous grades of stainless steel with varying chromium and molybdenum contents to suit the environment the alloy must endure.
Resistance to corrosion and staining, low maintenance, and familiar luster make stainless steel an ideal material for many applications where both the strength of steel and corrosion resistance are required, making a atainless ateel vise one of the most durable and long lasting vise.
A stainless steel vise is usually made of 304 stainless steel, which consists of standard 18/8: 18 percent chromium and 8 percent nickel. Most manufacturers add a process when making a stainless steel vise, which is let the vise be chemically passivated by using 10 percent nitric acid plus 2 percent of hydrofluoric acid bath. This results in enhancing the development of passive oxides. This stainless steel vise is ideally suited for food (such as meat or citrus), beverage (such as dairy, fruit juices, brewing and wine) and medical industries. It is able to withstand corrosive action of various acids.
A stainless steel vise is equipped with a set of stainless steel serrated machinist's jaws, a set of stainless steel smooth machinist's jaws, and a set of hard plastic smooth machinist's jaws. It has a stationary base installed with bolt down points. The main screw of a stainless steel vise has a coarse pitch thread for fast action. It also comes with a replaceable nut to prevent galling.
Optional swivel base kit are sometimes also available for additional purchase depending on brands. This is designed to convert the vise from stationary base mount to swivel base mount. Optional functions also include serrated pipe jaw kit that converts vise from bench vise to combination pipe and bench vise.
Most mechanic devices may not have a compact option to purchase, for it has a complicated structure that makes it very large. But not for stainless steel vises. Stainless steel vises have an option of making it small, light weight and easy to travel, these vises are called travel stainless steel vises.
Travel stainless steel vises are mostly purchased by fisherman or boat workers. It is the perfect vise to fit in a boat bag, back pack, or luggage. Manufacturers found a way to make a stainless steel vise better by changing the stem and base design to make it as compact and stable as possible while allowing for any of their heads to rotate 360 degrees without contacting the stem.
This makes it much easier to look at the other side of the flies. The new stem also changes the center of gravity providing an even more rock solid tying platform. A travel stainless steel head is the smallest profile head in vise heads. The jaw is manufactured from heat treated stainless steel that allows for machining the small profile yet maintains the durability. The jaw is versatile and accommodates hook sizes from 32 to 2, making it the trout fisherman’s dream vise.
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