Great parallel separator. No more using springs, rubber bands or bent pieces of saw blades. Good quality and about half price if what Kurt wants for them. I have seen someone posting that they can make them for less and I say good luck with that. You can do it if your time isn’t worth anything to to you. Since I have two buses, I purchased a second pair and can’t wait to get it.
Parallel Separator 49-000
The Parallel Separator by Edge Technology is designed to firmly hold the parallel bars against the vise jaws during machining operations. This configuration prevents chips from being logged between the parallels and the bed of the vise and eliminates the need to clean the parallel bars every time the workpiece is removed from the vise.
• Strong compression springs are used to expand the unit.
• Sized to fit a 6" vise.
• Durable metal construction.
• The unit can be disassembled for cleaning.
Parallels are awesome, but they fall over really easily. If you have to perform the same operation on multiple pieces, you have to clean out all the chips meticulously and set everything back up between jobs. I was constantly pulling my setup apart, brushing it out, tapping it all back together, and even then I spoiled more than one job by allowing a parallel to slip out of position in some small way. Life is better with this parallel separator. I can do one clean setup, and it stays clean no matter how many jobs I do. The black metal bits that actually hold the parallels have a slight amount of flex, but they are rigid enough to do the job. The springs are stout enough to hold the parallels firmly, but not so stout that you have to use the vise to compress them. It has every appearance of being built to last. It even works just fine in a 5" vise.