New HMH TRV (True Rotary Vise) VISE......

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Fit and finish. Ill give it a grade A. All components are precision machined.

Jaw components have a smooth finish for being a cast component (supposedly).

Smooth rotation using the knurled knob.

Setup directions are pretty simple and to the point. Hook placement in the jaws a fully explained and if incorrectly done may void the warranty.

Convenient neoprene storage pouch included.

3 different sizes of Allen wrenches are provided. One too many in my opinion.

2-way adjustment. 1 from the stem and 1 from the main shaft.

Adjusting the rotary tension is quite easy.

Jaw has 3 grooves for positioning different sizes of hooks. No groove for tiny hooks. Fitting hooks in the groove can be tricky.

Silver vein finished base is non-glaring and heavy enough for my tying style

Jaws hold the hook securely with enough tightening of the four spoked knob.

The four spoked knob could use more rounded corners. The knob may prove to be a little difficult for arthritic hands

For the $495 price tag, it would have been nice to have a bobbin rest and material clip included.

Jaw angle adjustment screw is on the far side. Why not on the same side as the four spoke knob. (just nit picking)

Back to the price. The TRV vise is based on the Standard/Spartan chassis. The only things that are different is the rotation knob, main axle and jaws.

I have only tied a couple of flies on the TRV vise so these comments may be different after a couple of months tying with it.

 
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My wife bought me one for Valentine's Day. After tying on a Snowbee-Waldron for so many years, it took some time to adjust to the vise, especially using the star knob to secure the hook. Things I like, smaller than my old vise so it's easier to take afield or travel to expos, very sturdy vise, great hook holding for size 20 to size 1.5 so far, rotary function using the knurled knob is smooth as silk and adjustable. The vise is made 30 minutes from me here in Maine. Things I don't like, at that price point a bobbin rest should have been provided with the vise, the damn star knob is a total pain to get used to and made my fingers sore for about a week until I got used to it. Now that I've tied a couple hundred flies on it and added a bobbin rest from a Renzetti Traveler I had laying around, I love the vise. I'll keep it.
 

Tim Cottage

Formerly tbc1415
#11
Threaded knobs of every conceivable material, size, shape and thread pattern are readily available. It would seem a simple thing to replace the knob with a more comfortable version. Sure the star knob should have been thought through a bit more by the manufacturer but still it's an easy fix.

I've been using an older Renzetti for many years with a round knurled knob and it's never been inadequate, difficult and least of all painful in any way.

TC
 
#14
I’ve never heard of a Snowbee, is that a copy? Here’s is the real deal LAW. View attachment 199265
Nope. Designed by Lawrence A. Waldron and manufactured by Snowbee. Sold mostly in the UK, but available from a few places here in the US. Waldron knew everyone couldn't afford the LAW Bench Vise so he and Snowbee got together to give the everyman a really good vise. I had a photo of it on this site from years ago. Just can't locate it. Here's an ad for one. https://www.theessentialfly.com/snowbee-waldron-pedestal-vice.html
 

P-FITZ98

Active Member
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Nope. Designed by Lawrence A. Waldron and manufactured by Snowbee. Sold mostly in the UK, but available from a few places here in the US. Waldron knew everyone couldn't afford the LAW Bench Vise so he and Snowbee got together to give the everyman a really good vise. I had a photo of it on this site from years ago. Just can't locate it. Here's an ad for one. https://www.theessentialfly.com/snowbee-waldron-pedestal-vice.html
I see the difference in the jaws. LAW did make a pedestal model, as I know who has one, with those jaws, unlike the clamp rotary LAW, like the photo I posted. Same guy had the travel model also, but sold it years ago.