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PanaVise 301 Standard PanaVise
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PanaVise 301 Standard PanaVise

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The PanaVise 301 holding tool is designed for use in small projects requiring precise, secure holding power. The 301 vise, PanaVise's original small work holding tool, features lateral adjustability up to 90-degrees along with 360-degree turns and rotations, smooth insulated nylon jaws for gentle holding power, heat-tolerant materials, a detachable head assembly and base combination and compatibility with optional vise components. It is suited for use for hobbies, electronics, small home repairs and standard work bench applications.

The PanaVise 301 Standard Vise
PanaVise's original small vise, perfect for both industrial and hobby applications.
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Turn, Tilt and Rotate Items for Industrial and Hobby Applications

The PanaVise 301 standard vise is lightweight yet durable and works well for industrial and hobby applications. The vise is designed around a vise head assembly connected to a die cast zinc base by PanaVise's patented ball joint clamp system, known as a "split-ball." The split-ball system not only holds items within the vise head assembly securely in position, but also allows for maneuvering of them along three separate planes. The complete range of mobility possible with the model 301's split-ball joint clamp system is a 90-degree tilt to the left or right, along with either an angled rotation or level turn range of 360 degrees. This range of mobility allows the user to rearrange items being worked on into virtually any position limiting the need to adjust the overall position of the vise or the item within the vise.

Using the PanaVise 301 Standard Vise to hold a rotary blade secure during sharpening
Split-ball joint allows the vise head to move across 3-planes, allowing for maximum flexibility when working.
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The PanaVise 301 Standard Vise delicately holding a bronze door knob during off-door repairs
Smooth heat-tolerant nylon jaws provide a scratch-free, insulated hold.
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The PanaVise 301 standard vise ships with PanaVise's standard 303 vise head assembly, which contains a number of convenient features. The first of these revolves around its ability to securely and safely hold items. The smooth, removable nylon jaws of the vise head assembly are 2-1/2" (63.5 mm) by 1/2" tall (12.6 mm). They secure the toughest of small jobs, without scratching and offer excellent electrical insulation and gentle holding power. The overall vise opening width between jaws is 2-1/4" (57.1 mm). Also, since exposure to heat sources is common in vise applications such as gluing, circuit board wiring, jewelry making and use around handheld power tools, the vise head assembly of the PanaVise 301 standard vise is reasonably resistant to heat, with a continuous heat tolerance to 200 degrees F (93 degrees C) and intermittent heat up to 300 degrees F (149 degrees C).

Includes PanaVise's Most Popular Base

The PanaVise 301 standard vise offers great flexibility of mount possibilities. The included model 300 PanaVise standard base can be used as a stand-alone support when working with light items, or can be used to secure the vise permanently to a flat surface via its three countersunk holes (screws not included). The base features a single control knob to secure the full range of movement provided by its split-ball functionality, is compact with a height of 3-3/4" (95.2 mm) and weight of 1.4 lbs. (0.6 kg) and accepts all 300 series heads with a 5/8" (15.9 mm) shaft.

Key Features
  • The easy-to-use "split-ball" adjustment element with single knob controls head movement through 3-planes: 90 degree tilt, 360 degree turn and 360 degree rotation
  • Jaws are 2-1/2" (63.5 mm) wide, 1/2" (12.6 mm) tall and open to 2-1/4" (57.1 mm)
  • Removable nylon jaws offer insulation from electricity and heat, and provide as gentle holding power
  • Interchangeable jaws available
  • Base accepts all 300 series heads with 5/8" (15.9 mm) diameter post
  • Base features 4.3125" (109.5 mm) bolt circle countersunk for three 1/4" (6.3 mm) flathead screws (not included)
  • The vise features compatibility with all PanaVise base mounts and many other accessories
  • Overall height: 6-1/4" (171.4 mm)
  • Rotation: 360 degrees
  • Turn: 360 degrees
  • Pivot: 90 degrees
  • Continuous heat tolerance: Up to 200 degrees F (93 degrees C)
  • Intermittent heat tolerance: Up to 300 degrees F (149 degrees C)
  • Vise opening: up to 2-1/4" (57.1 mm) maximum
  • Jaw width: 2-1/2" (63.5 mm)
  • Jaw height: 1/2" (12.6 mm)
  • Overall weight: 2.7 pounds (1.2 kg)
  • Base:
    • 4.3125" (109.5 mm) diameter bolt circle
    • .300" center hole
    • Three counter sunk holes for 1/2" (6.3 mm) flathead screws
    • Compatible with all 300 series heads and any 5/8" (15.9 mm) diameter post
What's in the Box?
  • PanaVise model 301 Standard PanaVise (includes model 300 standard vise base, model 303 standard vise head)
  • User's manual and warranty information
Limited Lifetime Warranty

All PanaVise products are warranted against defective materials and/or workmanship to all original consumer owners from the date of original consumer purchase for the lifetime of ownership by the original consumer owner. In the event of defective materials and/or workmanship, PanaVise Products, Inc. will, without charge, repair or replace, at its option, the defective product within 60-days from the receipt of the defective product. The Warranty does not apply to damage not resulting from defective materials and/or workmanship while in the possession of the original consumer or to unreasonable use by the original consumer, which includes but is not limited to improper installation, or failure to provide reasonable and necessary maintenance.

About PanaVise

Founded in 1957 by tool and die maker Otto Colbert and currently headquartered in Reno, Nevada, PanaVise is a leader in work holding products. Over the years, a natural outgrowth of this expertise has been continued development of other items which hold things securely and offer a wide range of motion. Important areas in which this has been applied include, Electronics, CCTV Camera Mounts, and Audio/Video Mounts, earning PanaVise the nickname the "the hold it anywhere you want it company."


The original PanaVise Vise suitable for hobbies, electronics, small home repairs and work bench environments

Easy-to-use single knob controls head movement through 3-planes: 90 degree tilt, 360 turn and 360 rotation

Continuous heat tolerance to 200 F (93 C), intermittent heat up to 300 F (149 C)

The vise features compatibility with all PanaVise base mounts and many other accessories

Limited lifetime warranty

Product Details:
Product Length: 5.0 inches
Product Width: 6.0 inches
Product Height: 8.0 inches
Product Weight: 2.7 pounds
Package Length: 7.4 inches
Package Width: 5.9 inches
Package Height: 4.5 inches
Package Weight: 2.7 pounds
Average Customer Rating: based on 125 reviews
Customer Reviews:
Average Customer Review: 4.5 ( 125 customer reviews )
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 31 found the following review helpful:

5Fantastic hobbiest toolDec 15, 2009
By Austin Spafford
This vice is incredibly useful for any light to moderate duty tasks. It has served me very well in both soldering and using a rotary tool for cutting.

I combined it immediately with the PanaVise 308 weighted base to bring it up from 3 pounds to a total of 8. The installation was trivial, and has meant this vice simply does not budge or tilt over. It also raises the vice so that the head can be positioned handle-up while the jaws are horizontal.

One relatively simple modification I would like to make to the vice would be to add a thumbscrew that would keep the head's handle from sliding around, but the vice is perfectly usable without such a change.

Overall, a great tool to have on hand!

43 of 47 found the following review helpful:

3A bit crude, works better after a clean and lubeSep 10, 2011
By Amazon Customer
The tool is a bit crude but acceptable for the price. The ballhead lock has to be too tightened too much to secure the ballhead. Machine tolerances are not tight. Items placed in the ballhead still spin in the ballhead hole after tightening. It may be helpful to add some paper or a toothpick in the ballhead hole to help keep the vise from spinning.

The tool can be improved by cleaning and lubing it. I used a spray can of water-free isopropyl alcohol to clean the moving parts (they came from the factory pretty dirty) and then lubed the the screws and guides with synthetic lithium/teflon grease, making sure to get lots of grease into the ballhead via the ballhead lockdown screw. I added synthetic oil to the vise spinner washers. After wiping off excess oil & grease, it works a lot smoother now. Keep oil and grease away from the part of the vise that inserts into the ballhead hole, you want that surface to be clean & dry.

16 of 17 found the following review helpful:

5good little viseDec 30, 2010
By H. Pettigrew
Mounted this to a 3/4 inch board and clamp the board to my work bench when I need it. The adjustable head allows me to tilt the work in just about any direction I need.

18 of 20 found the following review helpful:

5Standard Shop EquipmentJun 30, 2008
By Dufus
PanaVise products, especially this standard vise rig, is almost always found in most electronic repair shops. Also handy just to have in your garage shop. I've owned this set for over twenty years and have most of the add-on products. You can't beat the quality and bang for the buck.

11 of 11 found the following review helpful:

5Stout little vise.Jul 06, 2010
By D. Cole "D. Cole"
Very cool. I am enjoying my Panavise greatly. My concern was whether or not it would be sturdy enough to deal with light-duty metal working and hold pieces that are being hammered - without jiggling. It's is performing valiantly, no jiggling. It's a great little addition to my shop.

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