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Forum topic by bbasiaga posted 05-22-2016 11:21 PM 1208 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2016 11:21 PM

I need to buy some of these. They are a cam lever, with a threaded stud in them. The other end screws in to a Tee nut, and the whole thing is used to clamp two truss poles in place in this telescope. You also see cam levers like that used in bikes a lot. Not know what to call them, I haven’t been able to find them on the internet. I know Rockler has something similar, but I really need black ones for this application if at all possible.




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#1 posted 05-22-2016 11:29 PM

Often with such items if you can figure out what they
are called they can be got on ebay.

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#2 posted 05-22-2016 11:40 PM

Hmmm… cam levers? Most don’t have solid cam portions though – but some, like these do:

(found on the web at this web site)


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#3 posted 05-23-2016 01:09 AM

For bicycles, the term is quick release skewer. Not sure if it’s exactly what you are looking for, but thought the terms might help your search.

Here is an ebay listing. Amazon would also be a place to look.

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#4 posted 05-23-2016 01:22 AM

Search for “cam levers” on ebay.

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#5 posted 05-23-2016 01:59 AM

Check out here, but dont know what to call them in the search.

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#6 posted 05-23-2016 05:09 AM

Lee Valley sells these:

Cam Clamp Levers

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#7 posted 05-23-2016 12:02 PM

Google “quick release cam lever” plenty to choose from….as this place has many useful items other than lever cams

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#8 posted 05-23-2016 02:32 PM

Search for “Cam Lever” on Amazon and you’ll see some black ones. You’ll need to know bolt diameter, thread count and minimum length (you can obviously cut it to length). If this was “manufactured” this way, you might also check with whoever made it to see if they sell replacements.

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#9 posted 05-23-2016 04:09 PM

Awesome, thank you. Seems they are popular in Canada, as many sites on the searches are from there.

I think the 1/4-20 will work, but I will look for some 3/8-16 if I can find them. This is for a new application so they don’t have to match exactly those in the picture. Ideally I will get the type that have a threaded insert so I can use my own threaded rod.


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#10 posted 05-24-2016 04:51 AM

McMaster Carr has black lever cams with threaded studs.

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#12 posted 06-01-2016 02:10 AM

Thanks guys. I found some of the proper size on amazon, after getting the proper search terms here. I needed some with a 5/16” stud, or 3/8” – larger than what woodcraft has. The ones I got are pretty big in the handle, but they should still fit my application.


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