|Review by Topapilot||posted 04-08-2009 04:10 AM||3769 views||0 times favorited||34 comments|
A store called “Big Lots!” moved into town this winter, and since I’d heard about clamp deals there I went to find out. They do have “deals”, F-type clamps for $6, parallel clamps for $10. I’ve purchased three types of clamps, the first put to the test were these 24” F-style bar clamps.
At the store I was carefull to check that they all worked properly, then bought 10 for $60. When using them I found two problems, and one is a show stopper. First, the clamp pads ooze some type of oil, which you can see has left a nasty mark on my cherry plywood. I tried to hot-melt glue wood pads onto the clamp pads, but they didn’t last. I’m sure there is something that could be done about this that is more permanent, I just have to figure it out.
The real killer is that of the 10 clamps that I tested in the store, only 8 would hold pressure when I needed them at home. At the store I closed up the clamp and gave the handle all I could to make sure it would hold and not break. All held. Some weeks later when I needed a clamp, two would not hold no matter what I tried. They went in the trash.
So, no real deal here. I guess if I toss 20% of these clamps every time I use them, the problem will go away soon enough!