5 November 2019 at 3:33 pm #624565
I was planning to buy the Eclipse vise for my workbench build, but stumbled on this one. It looks just like the Eclipse and has very positive reviews. I don’t ever mind spending more for a quality tool, but as I see it, they are both Chinese record copies, so might as well save a few bucks. Has anyone seen both of them, and what are your impressions?
I’m considering buying the Yost first and returning to Amazon for a small fee if it seems like it’s no good.
For reference, here is the Eclipse that costs more the twice as much:6 November 2019 at 7:35 pm #624926GfBParticipant
(Review sites can vary, so look around.)
I have the Eclipse 10″ model. As far as I’m concerned, it’s worth every penny spent. I’ve been using mine for 3 years, which isn’t a long time, but it’s not showing any functional signs of wear that I can see. It’s very easy and quick to use once you get used to it.
I think there’s a misconception about the quality of “Chinese made”. There are good and bad quality products, and they are manufactured to the specifications of the company that requests them. What a lot of people try to do is buy products sourced locally (in my case the U.S.). But some products just aren’t manufactured locally.7 November 2019 at 5:22 am #625044Ian HemphillParticipant
I got a really good price for my Yost M9WW about two years back, when I was building my workbench (the sellers ‘back garden’ version). It’s been excellent over the last two years, I’ve been very happy with it. Solid construction. Tracks very well, and the rapid release has been great to have. I have nothing bad to say about the vise. If you have a decent price, go for it.8 November 2019 at 4:08 pm #625513
Thank you for the feedback! I ordered the Yost vise for $62 from amazon. I checked the price history and found that the average price is in the $90s and it sometimes gets up to $140, so figured now was a good time. If I don’t feel good about it when it arrives, I will exchange for the Eclipse. (although I already spent the rest of my vise budget on a Record 044 from ebay! )9 November 2019 at 8:02 pm #625845Steve PoeParticipant
I know you’ve already ordered the vise, but for anyone else considering the Yost M9Ww, I also have had one for 2 years. Amazon, $62 and free shipping. It arrived quickly and in perfect shape, not even a paint chip. Within the box, the vise was in a heavy plastic bag and was very well oiled. The instruction sheet was very clear and easy to understand.
I applied a leather face to the wood jaw liner, as Paul does, and that makes a huge difference in gripping your work. This is a beast of a vise.
Not to knock the Record, or Wood River vise, but the only reason I would choose it is if it were available easier and cheaper than the Yost.9 November 2019 at 9:03 pm #625863
Great to hear, thank you! This will be my first proper woodworking vise. So excited to have my work properly held and to stop goofing around with all my suboptimal improvised substitutes.
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