Caring for your Vise After the Purchase

Lately we have been posting information to help you purchase a vise.  But now that you have purchased one, how do you care for your vise?

Lubricate your Vise for Optimal Performance

It is actually, fairly simple to care for your vise. The most important thing you can do to care for your vise is to keep the vise well lubricated.  To keep the bar and screw opening and closing smoothly, you need to keep them lubricated.  There are many different products that you can use.  Yost recommends using Graphite lubricant.  One of the major benefits of this type of product is that graphite significantly reduces friction, allowing the vise to operate more smoothly.  Additionally, you can use standard grease or other lubricants.

Keep the Vise Dry & Covered to Prevent Rust

Keeping the vise dry is also very important.  Because our vises are made out of iron or steel, they will rust when exposed to water.  We offer several vises that are weather-resistant, but over time these vises will still rust if they aren’t properly maintained. Because many people mount vises on the back of a truck, we recommend at least using a plastic bag to cover the vise while it is raining.

One company that makes a good vise cover is Visok. You can visit them at  Frequent applications of grease or other rust-preventing products are recommended.  Drying your vise off with a rag is the best way to prevent the vise from rusting.

Yost 33C left outside for 25 years – still works just a little rusty.

Yost 33C left outside for 25 years – still works just a little rusty.

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About Ryan

Ryan is the product expert for Yost Vises. Over the past three years he has been involved in the production and design of all new and redesigned products and is currently heading the team for launch of the next lines of products offered by Yost Vises.


  1. Jeff Adams says:

    I recently purchased a 935 5″ model.

    I hope you do not mind answering some of my questions.

    1 – A ) I calculated the theoretical or Ideal mechanical advantage at about 194 – does that sound about right ?

    1 – B) Any Idea about the efficiency or actual mechanical advantage ?

    2 – A) What is the maximum clamp force that the vise can handle ?

    2 B) If I tend to use a single hand to clamp very tightly – will the vise break ?

    3) How is the spindle nut attached to the vise ? I did not see it screwed down nor does it seem welded on.

    4) If the spindle nut breaks can it be replaced ?

    5) Is it possible to get repair parts ?

    Thank You

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