Get a Beefy Bench Vise A wimpy $30 vise may satisfy your wallet, but you'll regret buying one the first time you have to crank the bolts off a really big part. So skip the cheapies and invest in a heavy-duty vise. You want a vise with at least 5-1/2-in. jaws, a pipe clamping area, dual swivel locks and a large anvil area. I found this model at a home center for $100. But you can find great deals on good used vises on Craigslist or at neighborhood garage sales.