These clamps are in just about every shop, and are useful for all sorts of applications.
I was making some veneer inlay strips and decided to use them to clamp the work whilst the glue dried.
Well to my surprise they began snapping in various areas.
The failures ranged from the tip right back to the pivot point, very odd to say the least.
As I had finished work for the day and I was about to bin them when I decided to dismantle them and make two sets from four.
Well that was a interesting exercise in wasting time I tell you.
I don’t know how they were assembled in the first instance but the spring is so strong it is almost impossible to reassemble them, any way I tried but was not able to get them back together safely so in the bin they went.
Why did they break in the first place, I cannot identify one single cause apart from plastic fatigue.
Maybe the UV may have weakened them who knows.
They are almost a consumable item cost wise so I was not too concerned.
I also had a plastic F Clamp break as well some time ago just goes to show the plastic used does not stand up to the force capable of being applied to them in normal use.
-- Regards Robert