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Zephr EZ Rotary Vise

First Impressions.  Did the vise come in an attractive package?  Was it well packed and would the packaging serve as storage for the vise?  3.00

 

Directions, literature, parts lists and documentation?  Does this vise come with a set of directions that explain care and maintenance of the product?  Are there illustrations of the parts in case you need to order an accessory or replace a missing part?  Are there well written directions explaining calibration and set-up of the vise?  1.00

 

Vise fit and finish.  Is this a well finished product?  Did it communicate quality right out of the box?  3.17

 

C-Clamp quality:  Is the clamp well designed?  Did the clamp provide a solid, immobile mounting system for the vice?  Did it remain tight through a long session of tying?  Did it mark, or have the potential to damage the surface of the table to which it's clamped?  3.33

 

Vise stem finish, adjustability and length. Is the vise flexible in placement for a number of tiers and table heights?  3.17

 

Smoothness of operation of vise jaws.  Were they easy to open and close?  Are the jaws easy to calibrate for various hooks?  Do the jaws remain in the calibrated position or is it necessary to readjust the jaws after a few flies?  3.33

 

Rotation and adjustability.  Is the vise capable of rotating?   If so, was the rotating mechanism smooth and robust?   Use N/A if this vise doesn’t feature rotability.  3.67

 

Jaw grip, hold and clearance.  Does the vise hold the hook stable under both vertical and horizontal pressures?  Is there access to tie on any type of hook in the normal size range?  Can it reliably hold different sizes of hooks?  All vises must hold a minimum of size 20 to 2/0 to rate a 4 or better unless they are purposed designed and labeled as being designed for a specific hook size (tube, midge or saltwater, for instance).  3.33

 

Accessories. Is the vise capable of being customized with a bobbin cradle, material clip, background card, parachute tool, waste receptacle, etc.?  A good vise should have a material clip included as part of its design. 2.67

 

Reviewer’s Choice.  There is no category for this.  This is a gauge of “goose-bump” factor.  Did you like this vise?  Could you forget about the tool and do the job?  3.00

 

Country where manufactured? Pakistan

 

2.97 Overall Rating

MSRP   $45.00

 

Jim's Comments - .While this vise isn't a Hook and Hackle branded tool, it's one of the only places outside of EBay that we could acquire one. The EZ Rotary comes in as the least expensive 'true' rotary tying vise on the planet. The box is nice and it was packed in a fitted foam insert. The C-clamp worked great and held the tool very well. My main vise is a Renzetti Traveler with the knob adjustable jaws. The EZ was clearly designed with the Traveler as a guide. While I'm not a big fan of all the wacky adjustments the EZ has, the fact remains, it's infinitely adjustable. It probably has more machined aluminum than the Traveler and comes across as a stouter tool. That said, the EZ jaws weren't even close to the quality of the Traveler. I'm no fan of Renzetti's use of 'O' rings to tension the back of the jaw with a compression spring at the front to keep them open but the EZ has no spring at the jaw front so they have a tendency to flop around when open. This wasn't the end of the world but the EZ has slippage when holding really big hooks. I did like the fact that the EZ has a thumb screw holding the jaw in place as opposed to a slotted screw, on my Renzetti. The only real tool you'll need to adjust this vise is a 2mm hex wrench for loosening the rotating parts of the vise barrel. This is one of the best vises coming out of the Pakistani/Indian vise market and, for the price, you also get true rotary functionality.

Jim's Rating - 3.20

 

Joe's Comments - This is really a very nice tool. I love the quality of the rotation. The jaws are great for typical freshwater tying, but don't get this vise if you regularly tie pike flies or tarpon flies. It's just not designed for that. That said, this tool did everything that I asked. It looks good and is definitely a high-quality piece of gear. Well made and possessing an appearance of quality, this vise provides more than a bit of pride of ownership. Trout fly tiers need look no further, you can live with this for the rest of your life and not miss out on anything. It would be nice if the vise came with instructions. In fact, this is becoming my major gripe with most of the manufacturers.  Would it really be that hard to write up a single sheet and include it in the box?  Also, a simple spring material clip is absolutely necessary and is sorely missing on this otherwise fabulous vice.  Recommended!

Joe's Rating - 3.00

 

Mark's Comments - This is a nice quality vice, smooth rotary operation, light, attractive and while nothing fancy, works well with minimal adjusting, I might add one CON, was that when I put it into my generic 3rd party base the shaft was only about sixty percent of the diameter of the hole in the base so I had to really crank down the set pin to hold it into place.

Mark's Rating - 2.70
 

 

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Manufacturer's Comments - Comment? It's just a very good vise for the money. Rotary feature works like much more expensive vises and following with our company's philosophy, we want fly fishing, fly tying and rod building to be in the reach of all "regular" folks, not just folks that can afford the high priced stuff. Thanks for the opportunity!

 

Ron
ron@hookhack.com
1-800-552-8342
 

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