The Pin Vise a miniature drill tool, which is useful for miniature projects. For times where a cordless drill does not provide a fine enough option, this tool will be a life saver. Electric drills may be too high speed for small projects, as even their lowest settings may move too quickly. If the turning off the drill is too quick, the friction may cause melting to your project. Obviously, something you will want to avoid! The only requirement for this manual tool is a bit of patience as it requires a steady hand. You will be able to control the speed at which you work in, so you won’t have any of these issues.
Hand pin vises are very handy for scale miniatures like Warhammer, gun pla, model making such as airplanes, cars, dollhouses, and even for jewelry making and wristwatches. It is also especially helpful for those working on electronics projects. These tools are not expensive, but you always want to invest in good quality ones. Something like a cell phone being fixed, or a wrist watch contains very fine inner pieces, which makes the right tool imperative.
Hand Pin Vises
The mini pin vise is comprised of two parts, the body of the vise, and the component that goes within. They generally can hold small drills, wires, files and reamers. The body is a pen like handle with an adjustable collet. This can be tightened or loosened depending on the size of the drills or component that you are using. The Excel Blades collection of pin vises includes an aluminum knurled body for a comfortable drip. The interior is hollow in many of these for storage of the drills. The drills are available from size #50-#80. This is perfect for those who have a variety of needs, and want flexibility
Excel Blades offers a variety of pin vises that come with extra drills within the body of the vise. This is a great way to store drills long term, without losing or misplacing them. One is offered with 6 different drills, and another with 12 different drills. They both include an aluminum body, and a pocket clip. The pocket clip is useful for carrying around while working on projects, but stops it from rolling off your worktable as well.
The next step is learning how to use your hand pin vises. They are very easy to use, and you can change between drills fairly quickly. The double ended pin vises allow you to flip back and forth while working on a project that required more than one drill size. This helps save time on your project, rather than switching through multiple tools. Finally, we have the swivel head pin vise, which includes two reversible collets, for holding drill bits.
As mentioned, the pin vise is a very useful tool, and can be used in a multitude of ways. What is your favorite project to use a pin vise for?