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Old 08-07-2013, 09:43 AM
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I've ordered some hackles from a guy and he is willing to throw in a vice mounted garbage catcher for $12 free shipping. I'm currently just using an ash tray, but I still have stuff all over the desk (where I also work). Do these things work well enough to be worth it or are they just a waste of money?
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:24 PM
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Work or not, I can't readily think of a vise mfr that doesn't offer this accessory.

Thought of getting one more than once over the last three decades, but never did. Despite seeming practical, I didn't like everything about them. I don't like the idea of having something swinging around on the vise's stand rod (a bobbin rest is plenty). When you swing it away from the vise jaws, it takes up real estate on the table or obscures access to items on the table. Not every waste catcher I've seen reaches out far enough from the stand rod to collect all the falling bits. And for that matter, some of the more troublesome waste (e.g., rabbit and marabou trimmings) drift rather than fall directly.

For my use, I rely on a small coffee can and a small dish towel. Larger trimmings, such as hackle stems and other quills, are placed directly in the can. The small towel, which is between my pedestal and table, has just enough texture to grab the other little bits and keep them from drifting across the table and onto the floor. When finished, the waste trimmings can be shaken off in the trash. The towel also serves to soften the clank of tools on the table (good for late night tying) and keeps tools, spools and other materials from rolling about. Not a spiffy setup, but it works well for me!

$12 is cheap enough to try it if you think it might be beneficial. But if that's money you'd rather spend on other goodies, there are other options.
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Default Re: vice garbage catcher?

I've thought about getting one and probably will. Like others, I use a bowl or something similar when I really need it. Whenever I spin deer hair I really want one. I wouldn't keep it on all the time, think it would get in the way, but when working with deer hair or other particularly messy materials it could be nice.
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Default Re: vice garbage catcher?

i keep a small trash can between my feet, what doesnt go in there, goes on the floor or the bench. once i a while i'll clean it up,
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:26 PM
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if i added a vise waste catcher between me and my belly, my arms wouldnt reach the vise

theres gotta be something around your house that has a lid on it to use for trimmings

after youre done with that chinese take out wash the container and use it on your tying bench. theyre inexpensive. using the lid prevents fly tying fluff all over the place when you spill it

rubbermaid and tupperware containers are also good

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wash out that hamburger/meat container. youre gonna throw it away anyway. make use of it!

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a waste basket from the dollar store will save you money for more materials

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be creative. think about it. experiment
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Default Re: vice garbage catcher?

The static charge of plastic attracts alot of floating fibres, if you line the plastic or non plastic container with a plastic bag it will be easier to clean out.
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Default Re: vice garbage catcher?

i have seen no problems with static when using plastic food containers of any kind.

maybe its the summer humidity thats keeping the static low.

its a b!tch working with hairs of any kind during the winter when there is less/no humidity. the hair will stick to just about anything. place a humidifier in your tying area to add some moisture to the air.

i line all waste baskets in my house with plastic garbage bags.
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Default Re: vice garbage catcher?

At home I use one and it works well the way I have thing arranged. Half under the table and half in front (c-clamp mount). On the road I use a pedestal base and the garbage collector would get in the way. With the pedestal base I use a swiffer sheet under the tying area. It catches most of the small stuff. The bigger stuff goes straight into the garbage can.
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At home I use one and it works well the way I have thing arranged. Half under the table and half in front (c-clamp mount). On the road I use a pedestal base and the garbage collector would get in the way. With the pedestal base I use a swiffer sheet under the tying area. It catches most of the small stuff. The bigger stuff goes straight into the garbage can.
That's a useful tip. I'll try the swifter pad (I have them anyway).
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Like many others I've always been going to get one however what I use is much The same as flytire only my Bin is White & Round.
I find The used Meat Containers beaut as I have my Vyce in one & all my discards go in an Old Margarine Tub.
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