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Getting a Barracuda Indexer

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Ok guys,

 

I'm finally getting the vise I've been wanting for awhile now. I'm getting a Dyna-King Barracuda Indexer with C-clamp. I basically heard all the pros of this vise. Are there any cons I should know about as well? I will be tying my realistics, classic wets/streamers, traditional fishable patterns, and maybe one day in the future full dressed salmon flies (way far off future).

 

Any heads up would be appreciated!

 

-Sam

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I have not used the Indexer, but have tyed on a Barracuda for about 8 years now. You know the good stuff (...there's plenty to like about Dyna King). I have noticed two "problems" with my Barracuda. The locking screw that holds the vise shaft in place eventually (5 years) got a bit rounded off on the tip and I called Dyna King for a replacement screw. I turn the vise shaft frequently when weaving bodies, so the screw gets plenty of exercise. I also tie a lot of small flies (18-26) and mounted the midge jaws in the vise. I get lazy at times and do not put the standard jaws back in and, as a result, flared (“mushroomed”) the edges of the midge jaws a bit with larger hooks. Easily remedied with a few strokes of a flat file and a self-admonishment to use the jaws for their intended purposes.

 

I bought my Barracuda with the pedestal base and added the C-clamp with outriggers a couple of years later. Both have a role and both get used regularly. The pedestal is at home on the dinning room table when the neighbor comes over tie and we need more room, it also works on the tailgate. The C-clamp is well-made and study, highly recommend the outriggers if you intend to sue the rotary function - really does make a difference.

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I love my Dyna King! Mine came with a C-clamp, but about 7 years ago I bought a marble base on the internet, and have never used the clamp since. I like being able to push the vise out of the way at times, often this makes taking photos of flies easier. When tying at a show the tables sometimes have a wide lip underneath, making it impossible to use the clamp, even fully opened. It's probably nice to have both a clamp and pedastle base, but given a choice I'd go with a heavy base plate.

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I'm getting a Dyna- King C-clamp and a Bigfoot base from ebay. The bigfoot seems to be a bit more sturdy from what I hear.

 

-Sam

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I just have the regular and jr. Barracuda's and can't say one bad thing yet. Although, i've since lost my C-clamp....... :whistle: I can say however, that you do need a strong and sturdy surface when you use the clamp over the pedestal. <_< Damn particleboard furniture :nono:

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Well it came a few days ago and this baby is cool!!! :yahoo: It came with a C- clamp w/ outrigger and I have a Bigfoot ped. base on the way. Last night I got to use it for the first time. Man this baby is one of those lifetime tools. I tied with ease and had fun tying on it.

 

Last night I had a tying session with my father. He was tying his first full dressed salmon flies, the "Orange Parson". He uses my old Danvise with a bigfoot base. I can't believe how well he is doing on hid first try. I can wait to have many more tying sessions with him in the future. I'll fill his fly boxes with flies, and he will fill my walls with framed beauties!!! Lets not forget the "Jock Scott" & "Greenhighlander" you owe me.. ;) :P

 

-Sam

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