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Heavy Duty Swivel Vices In The Oil And Gas Industry – What Are The Benefits ?

The Best Heavy Duty Swivel Vices Vice for the Oil and Gas Industry

There is no other industry that calls for such high degrees of compliance and quality, as the Oil and Gas Industry. Not surprisingly, this industry has made The Swinden Heavy Duty Swivel Vice the first choice of vices. Their reputation to deliver superior performance has been confirmed since making an appearance on the North Sea Fields way back in the early nineteen seventies.

Claude Swinden knew what industry required from vice and set about designing and manufacturing the Heavy Duty Rotating Head Vice with a Heavy Duty Swivel Base over a hundred years ago. He knew that almost all trades required a vice that was versatile, easy to manage, and flexible to the needs of the specific trade. His dedication and tenacity are the hallmarks of the superior Swivel Vice.

He made sure that the vice could accept a wide array of workpieces and that it had the facility to position the workpieces accurately and quickly.

Claude Swinden developed and patented his vice and the heavy-duty swivel head vice has become the leading style of vice for most engineering practices.

The benefits of Swinden Heavy Duty Swivel Vices


Gas and Oil rig construction is heavy work. Tolerances are minute and the machinery is bulky and heavy. Only a top-quality vice like the Swinden Heavy Duty Swivel Vice will provide a reliable and long-lasting service.

Oil and Gas work covers almost every sector of engineering. From pipework to complex development and welding, they all require the assistance of a stable and secure helping hand.

What are the factors that make the Swinden Heavy Duty Swivel Vice the most sought-after vice in the Oil and Gas Industry?

One of the most appreciated qualities of the Swinden Heavy Duty Swivel Vice is its versatility. There is no need to remove the workpiece from the jaws to alter the position of the workpiece. With the Swinden the workpiece can be rotated both in the horizontal and the vertical plane without removing it from the jaws.

The fact that the workpiece can be accurately and easily orientated is a great advantage in saving time but also supporting a far more accurate foundation for undertaking repairs. The swivel jaws allow for the workpiece to be rotated through three-hundred and sixty degrees in the vertical plane while the swivel base allows for a similar facility in the horizontal plane.

Workpieces that require to be turned around to improve access can be easily and quickly positioned. This feature has a tremendous advantage in allowing for healthy body posture of the artisan and reducing strain and fatigue.

Jaws that Secure

The Swindems Heavy Duty Rotating Head Vice with a Heavy Duty Swivel Base design includes jaws that offer tremendous holding power. We are talking of jaws that can deliver ten thousand pounds per square inch of pressure to ensure that the workpiece is totally secure.

The jaws designed for holding pipework can secure difficult to hold sections without slippage. What is so convenient is that the jaws can be rotated so that one set is used for conventional workpieces while the other jaws are ready to accept pipework.

The two jaw function does away with the time-consuming task of changing the jaws of the vice. Simply swivel over the jaws, and you are ready to work.

Super Tough Construction

The Swinden Heavy Duty Swivel Vice incorporates an anvil in the design, which has proved to be a greatly appreciated feature. The Vice has been a preferred piece of equipment for the Ministry of Defence for many years and has established itself as an almost indestructible piece of essential equipment.

When Claude Swinden developed theHeavy Duty Rotating Head Vice with a Heavy Duty Swivel Base, he was determined that the vice would have exceptional strength and longevity. Consequently, he relied on Ductile Cast Iron to provide superior strength for the vice. The molecular structure of Ductile Cast Iron, also known as SG Iron, offers greater strength than conventional Cast Iron. An added advantage of this material compared to traditional Cast Iron is that it allows for closer machine tolerances. In addition, the smoothness of the vices’ movement bears testimony to the overall quality of the design.

Ductile Cast Iron also has a superior shock absorption quality, making for a far more comfortable working environment.

The Swinden Heavy Duty Swivel Vice has a covered screw section that protects the inner workings of the Vice from external matter that would otherwise clog up the mechanism. This feature ensures a wonderfully smooth working operation and one that will last for years to come.

The protection offered by the enclosed screw section is a significant advantage in protecting the mechanism against the corrosive saltwater environment often associated with the Oil and Gas industry.

Similarly, the enclosed design protects the mechanism from the sandy desert conditions

The Swinden Heavy Duty Swivel Vice is further protected from the elements by the attractive yellow and grey coating on the vice which is both attractive and efficient in protecting the vice.

A range of Vices to suit all requirements.

Pipework, hydraulics, pneumatics, and plate work are standard trades in the oil and Gas Industry. The specially designed pipe jaws of the Swinden Heavy Duty Swivel Vice ensure that work in these spheres can be carried out efficiently and accurately.

The swivel function is especially useful when completing pipe welding procedures. This is one of the most appreciated aspects of the vice as it allows the rotation of the workpiece without removing it from the jaws. This is a great advantage, particularly when welding up piping, as the pipe can be rotated while still being securely held in the jaws, allowing for a comfortable welding position.

Protection from surface damage to sensitive and delicate workpieces such as hydraulic rams is adequately provided for by utilizing the special nylon jaws available as an additional item.

There are three sizes of Swinden Heavy Duty Swivel Vices available.

The four-inch model can accept piping up to three inches in diameter and weighs 22 kilograms or forty-eight pounds.

The six-inch model can accept pipework up to five-inch diameter and weighs thirty-five kilograms or seventy-seven pounds.

The big guy of the trio is the eight-inch vice that can handle pipework up to a seven-inch diameter.

All the models can rotate through three-hundred and sixty degrees vertically. They all have cast steel anvils that are incredibly robust and have hardened steel jaws.


Buying a vice is usually a bit of a ‘grudge’ purchase. It is probably one of the most abused tools in the workshop. Subjected to hard knocks, welding, and grinding, it is expected to handle all of this without complaint. Excessive force will sometimes be applied to tighten the jaws way past their design, and the vice is expected to be up to the task.

The Swinden Heavy Duty Swivel Vice has proved itself over decades of hard work in extreme temperatures and harsh conditions like the middle east conflicts to the taxing environments of North Sea oil exploration. History has shown that the design and development skills of Craig Swinden have stood the test of time and have produced a vice that provides a superior quality of service.

So, the engineering challenges of the oil and Gas Industry are taken care of with the Swinden heavy Duty Swivel Vice. The response of companies that have installed our vices has proved that the versatility and toughness of the vice will result in great improvements in the speed and quality of workmanship.

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