|Review by Craftsman on the lake||posted 08-27-2009 07:08 PM||6595 views||2 times favorited||18 comments|
Just sharing this. When something raises my eyebrows and gets me thinking then maybe it’s worth passing on. I’m going to talk bang for buck. I hope you don’t mind.
Yup, I’ve got a few harbor freight tools but not much. I’ve had mixed luck with them. But a friend let me see one of these toggle clamps. I have some from a wood store and I must say, they are very similar but not identical and but both seem to be of the same quality. They’re probably both from the same factory in China. Just a guess. The difference is the price.
The first picture above is the clamp from harbor freight for $4.99 some are $3.99 and the second is from (I won’t mention the name, woodworking store) for $14.99. The wood store ones vary in price by design/size from $11.99 up.
I love these clamps in jigs but often just use a bolt with a wood block or a regular clamp because I just can’t justify $15-$45 per jig outfitting them with these clamps. I’m fairly frugal, I have to be, as most of you are I’m sure. 10 clamps for $40-$50 compared to 10 clamps for around $150. I think I’ll be making jigs I don’t even need. It’ll be nice having a box full of these in the corner for when I need one instead of taking a trip to the store and staring at a clamp on the wall of tools wondering if it’s a good $15 or more well spent just for a jig.
On the linked page above is one style clamp. If you look lower on that page you’ll see links to three other clamps, both vertical and horizontal varieties.
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