|Review by guitchess||posted 01-07-2013 11:08 PM||3588 views||1 time favorited||15 comments|
I realize that there may be many out there that dislike Harbor Freight, but when it comes to occasional use/accuracy not an issue tools, they are a viable, and cheap, alternative. While their tools tend to be pass or fail, these clamps are another pass.
After seeing Askwoodman use the Festool and Bessy clamps, I knew I wanted some. However, at $40 each I couldn’t make myself hit the add to cart button, settling for continuing to use my traditional f clamps that I have always used. Fortunately for my cheapskate self, when perusing my HF flyer I saw that they had added them to their lineup. At my first opportunity, I picked up two. The last two they had on the shelf. I have a feeling that as more people find out they have them they will become harder to keep stocked. I almost didn’t write this review because I was worried about that, but I digress.
While I have only used them for a week, they seem to be decent quality. Keep in mind that I mean relative to HF. As for typical HF tools, they are made from lower quality material, machining is not as accurate, and fit and finish is not going to compare to the originals. However, they clamp very well. Too well if you plan to use them for finish material clamping. They clamp with enough pressure to leave marks in all but the hardest woods. Considering that I use these for holding jigs, feather boards, etc., they work fine, for $15 each.
Sorry, but as of right now, the only way you can see them is to go to the store, or their sale flyer. It is a new enough product that it is not on the website. I don’t have the flyer anymore so I can’t even give you the item number.
If you are like me and use f clamps for everything, then I would highly suggest getting some of these. They are much faster, and a much more secure clamp.
edit: I found the flyer. Lot no. 60434
Edit no 2: I would point out that I rarely use any of my f clamps opened more than 4 to 6 inches. So, these clamps may suffer from the same beam flex as many of the others when opened closer to their max capacity.