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I decided to go into our local Harbor Freight store here in Iowa for the first time ever. Usually i just shop at the local Menards or Lowes, etc, but decided I’d give them a chance – they’ve got some really cool stuff in that store!!! I went straight to the woodworking aisle. The clamps were on a HUGE sale. I got all of these for a little over $20, and they seem to be decent clamps (especially for my skill level) – obviously these are not top of the line, but for the use i’ll get out of them, they are gonna work awesome (i hope)

2) 36”
3) 24”
2) 6”

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!





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Tomoose

278 posts in 1874 days


#1 posted 1308 days ago

I bought some of the 18” model of this line of clamps – bought 6 and 4 survived the first project. I had two snap under light pressure the first time I used them, but the others have proven pretty durable. the plastic feet love to slip off, so a dot of hot glue keeps them on and you can still pop them off if you need to. I still like my quick grip (Irwin?) clamps better, but these are definitely attractive for the price.

-- cut it twice and it's still too short...

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schloemoe

688 posts in 1438 days


#2 posted 1308 days ago

I’ve got some of those also . becareful when you clamp something down not to squeeze too much all the inner workings are plastic and they will break if you look at them wrong…...............................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www. woodrehab.blogspot.com

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dakremer

2409 posts in 1592 days


#3 posted 1308 days ago

the feet on these are actually a harder rubber (not plastic). Doesnt seem like they’ll slip off too easily. We’ll see how they hold up! definitely not top of the line clamps – but when you are a poor college kid – this is awesome! :)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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gblock66

55 posts in 1407 days


#4 posted 1308 days ago

I went to my local Harbor Freight store here in R.I. when they had a big sale on clamps, I think I bought 8 18” clamps . . .but I have already snapped a few under pressure . . .yes I learned to buy the more expensive clamps . .or wait for woodcraft to have a sale on clamps. . .the Harbor Freight clamps are junk in my opinion. . . .

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Dez

1111 posts in 2577 days


#5 posted 1308 days ago

More is GOOD! :)
At some point you will probably need more as you tackle more complicated and bigger projects.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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schloemoe

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#6 posted 1308 days ago

I did discover with mine that I could make the removable plate out of wood and then put a screw threw the handle that makes them work real well…......................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www. woodrehab.blogspot.com

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McLeanVA

454 posts in 1934 days


#7 posted 1308 days ago

Totally agree with the posts above. It all depends on what you are clamping and how much pressure you require. I was equally excited to bring my on-sale HF clamps home. Honestly, I don’t use them much anymore because they “pop” when trying to put pressure on gluing boards. Clamps always seem to come in handy though.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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ProbablyLost

82 posts in 2018 days


#8 posted 1308 days ago

Maybe you guys don’t realize this….... Harbor Freight will always take their clamps back and replace them. just like craftsman does with their tools. I have broken at least 20 of them between these and the metal ones. No receipt needed, just take them back and ask for a replacement. I think the price and replacement policy makes them a great buy!

-- Chris

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dakremer

2409 posts in 1592 days


#9 posted 1308 days ago

ProbablyLost, I didnt know that….that makes me want to go get more…

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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Dwain

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#10 posted 1308 days ago

I have also bought these clamps, and I have had mixed results. I just remember that I can’t put the screws to them or they will fail. I didn’t know about the return policy. I have only returned with a receipt before. Just take into consideration the time it takes to return. It’s a 30 minute drive to my nearest HF. I love the store and use their pipe clamps a lot, but remembr when you buy, just like buying wood for a project, by 10% more than you need. Covers the failures…

Enjoy the clamps!

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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degoose

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#11 posted 1308 days ago

If the clamp breaks under pressure you are using too much pressure… if the joint is tight then only use enough pressure to get a small amount of squeeze out… if you have to use immense pressure then the joint is not right…
Just MHO…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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DaddyZ

2332 posts in 1541 days


#12 posted 1308 days ago

I Bought Some Small ones, the trigger Broke, I dismantled the Clamp & inserted a bolt as the trigger, Works just fne.

A Second clamp broke the Black Plastic – Trash for It

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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swirt

1913 posts in 1472 days


#13 posted 1308 days ago

I bought one to check them out. Tested it in the store by clamping it hard. Seemed to hold fine. Clamped at home the first time. No problem. Second time, broke the handle. I was not using it as degoose describes, to do glue-up. I was using it to hold a workpiece to a bench. If it can’t do that reliably then it is no good to me. Becomes a safety issue. I probably won’t bother to return it. It is worth more to me broken hanging on a wall in the shop as a constant reminder to stick to quality tools.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Andrew

709 posts in 1699 days


#14 posted 1308 days ago

Those will work very nicely. Similar to the tool shop, I have had for 5 years. Mine are just starting to wear out if I try to apply too much pressure. anyway nice set.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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bobasaurus

1125 posts in 1684 days


#15 posted 1308 days ago

I bought two of these once, and one broke the first time I used it. The second remains untouched because of this incident. Lesson learned for me: buy higher quality clamps or you end up with garbage.

-- Allen, Colorado

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