The 6 Best Truck Vises
This wiki has been updated 14 times since it was first published in August of 2019. A truck vise, also known as a hitch vise, is a clamping tool that can be installed on the receiver of a towing hitch and used out in the field to hold metal, wood, and plastic parts while cutting or modifying them. Our selections can help you choose the right model for you, and were made considering factors such as durability, usefulness, price, and more. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
August 29, 2019:
Truck vises can be quite useful when out at the site and away from your workbench. I included vises that insert directly into a 2-inch hitch, those that come with a mount that brings the vise up to arm level, and one that clamps onto a tailgate or bed railing. Strictly speaking, clamp-style vises like the Wilton Tool 63247 are not normally thought of as hitch vises but they can definitely be used in the same way.
The Wilton Tool 10015 appears to have the best build-quality and it comes with a bench bracket that allows you to transfer it back and forth from your tow bar to your bench. The primary difference between the Wilton 10015 and the Porta-Vise is that the latter comes with a mount that makes for a more comfortable work height. It may, however, interfere with the loading and unloading of the truck which results in many preferring the tow bar level models. That's more of a personal preference so I did not consider that as necessarily a point against the Wilton.
Truck vises can exert very high pressures and so they should be used while observing all relevant safety precautions.