How can you resist. You’re in Harbor Freight, and there is a bin of clamps for something like $1.99. Now this was several years ago, so don’t quote me on the price, but they were cheap.
First thing you have to do is replace the pin that rotates the handle. Its not a big issue, just a bit of an annoyance.
Then the tip winds up breaking off under pressure. I’ve got several in my clamp bucket like this.
So today I discovered one more way to extend the life even a little more.
I cut the bar in half so I wouldn’t catch my leg on it when using them in the deadman, and I will admit I have to reach under or around to slide the 1/4” bolt through the hole, but I just can’t convince myself I need one of these bad enough to spend $80 at Lee Valley and I don’t want to drill out the deadman for a Stanley 203.
Would I buy them again…......cheeeeesshhhh I’m not sure. They are cheap, but I’ve certainly got my moneys worth from them.
As always, thanks for looking.
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