Detent ball set screws used for precision alignment in T-slot.
Works with 6" vise widths only.
Does not work with rotating vise base plates.
Works with 5/8" T-slot widths only.
The Vice Square by Edge Technology will give you a more reliable method to align the vice to the mill table. The conventional alignment technique requires the mill table to be cranked back and forth to check the results of a series of small adjustments made to the vice. This process is repeated over and over until you either get lucky or give up and call it good enough. The Vice Square will make all of that wasted time and frustration a thing of the past.
The Vice Square eliminates the guesswork by allowing you to monitor the movement of the right side and the left side of the vice jaw simultaneously. Use your spindle mounted test style indicator to monitor the left side of the jaw while the high precision five tenths indicator mounted in the Vice Square monitors the right side of the jaw. This dual indicator configuration makes the process very straight forward and repeatable.
The Vice Square rigidly attaches to the mill table in just a few seconds. Each leg of the Vice Square has a solid ball tip set screw on one side and a spring loaded ball tip set screw on the opposite side. These set screws accurately position the Vice Square in the T-slot. The feet of the Vice Square are parallel to the T-slot during installation. After the feet are in the T-slot they are rotated 90 degrees allowing them to clamp to the underside of the T-slot.
Before the indicators are used for final alignment the vice is roughly aligned within a few thousands of an inch by simply pushing the rear jaw up against the back of the Vice Square. The mounting hardware of the vice is then lightly tightened and the rear vice jaw is cranked back to make room for final alignment.
Before final alignment the test style indicator in the spindle needs to be synchronized with the indicator in the Vice Square. This step is fast and easy. Simply zero both indicators on the right side of the vice jaw. The test style indicator in the spindle can then be moved to the left side of the vice jaw for final alignment.
The last step is to adjust the vice until both indicators read the same number. The indicators do not need to read zero, they just need to read the same number. This step is also straight forward and easy. The indicators are monitoring both the left side and the right side of the vice jaw so you will always know which way and how much to adjust the vice. The amount of adjustments required is reduced dramatically compared to conventional alignment methods.
The Vice Square will standardize the process your shop uses to install vices and it will achieve perfect results every time. If you want to spend less time on setup and more time machining parts then you need the Vice Square by Edge Technology.
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