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While drilling holes in my Hive Tyrant conversion today, I noticed something very disturbing: every time I apply even the slightest bit of pressure to my pin vise, the drill bit starts to slide into the vise itself and, seeing as how you need to apply a bit of pressure in order to drill into the plastic, it has become unusable. After a bit of testing, I realized that my pin vise is actually loose. I haven't had much experience with the care and feeding of pin vises, is there any way to tighten it?
Hmm, not sure what you mean, generally tightening it will sort that out (mine is not GW, screwwing the front on tighter sorts mine out), but the best way to stop slipping is to drill a pilot hole with the point of a craft knife if you can
Everything you have been told is a lie!
The GW pin vice right?
if so, completely unscrew the head. you'll notice the black bit that actually holds the bit come out, so flip that round and put the other end back in the drill. the opening for the other side should be smaller and give your bits a better fit.
Actually, I just discovered the problem:
I had actually turned the pin vise the wrong way around while unscrewing both ends and didn't put them back properly so as a result, I wasn't able to tighten the pin vise nearly enough for the drill bit that I was using. After awhile, I just forgot about being able to unscrew the front...
Anyway, arishnakoger tipped me off to this fact so kudos to you for finding the problem! And cheers to Cheredanine for, as always, trying to help!
Hey rabbit, glad you could solve the problem, however...
I often find that, even with the correct sized vice part in the pin vice, the drill bit still slips if I am drilling metal or sometimes even resin. The way I have gotten around this is to wrap some masking tape around the bottom half of the drill bit. This, when the vice is tighened as much as you can, provides extra grip on the drill bit and allows me to drill more tricky substances.
Whilst this may not be the specific problem you were asking about, I just thought it would be good to know if you ever have similar problems to those I have had.