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Forum topic by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 03-16-2007 03:26 PM 1551 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dick, & Barb Cain

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03-16-2007 03:26 PM

I recently acquired two Quick Grip Irwin one hand operated bar clamps. Check out the specifications on these.

I used to always use my wooden hand screws while assembling things, but these sure come in handy while working by yourself. It frees up one of your hands to hold things in place.
I had never use this type of clamp before, & it’s surprising how much pressure you can exert with these with very little effort.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1


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#1 posted 03-16-2007 03:43 PM

As I was assembling doors for this kitchen I was thinging I could save a bit of time with two of those. Maybe I’ll order a pair from the lumberjocks/Rockler outlet.

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#2 posted 03-16-2007 03:49 PM

I just used mine the other day to clamp router guide boards, for cutting a new opening for a router plate in my table. I could line up the board with one hand and apply pressure with the other.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#3 posted 03-16-2007 04:24 PM

Did you get some of the new heavy duty XP ones (blue and gray) or the originals (blue and yellow)? I read that with the new heavy duty ones you can exert up to 500 lbs of pressure with one hand. I have a few of the originals and like them. I have used them in dry-runs. The handi-clamps are convenient too.

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-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#4 posted 03-16-2007 04:57 PM

I have the heavy duty XP ones, you can exert 900 lbs. with two hands.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#5 posted 03-16-2007 05:21 PM

I have a bunch of the older ones, They’ve come in so handy on just about every project. the fact that the faces aren’t parallell has caused issues on some smaller projects, but otherwise I use these nearly everyday. clamping, putting up soffits, holding aligning tools when laying out spindle placement, keeping the shop light where I need it for the day…

a few months ago Lowes was selling 4 packs, buy 2/get 2 free. I snagged a few more then. Still need more clamps though!

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#6 posted 03-16-2007 07:00 PM

Quick grip clamps are great.

I have 8 – 6” , 4 – 24”, and 4 – 36” clamps. I first bought some knockoff clamps from a nameless tool discount outlet and they lasted all of a couple weeks. It pays to buy good clamps.

I truly believe in the saying…”You can never have enough clamps”

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#7 posted 03-17-2007 02:32 AM

I tried to use one once and they couldn’t compare to pipe clamps.

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#8 posted 03-17-2007 05:41 AM

I purchased HF’s brand of quick grips( 24” for $2.00ea.). They are great to clamp things when you need three or four hands. The only flaw is that there is a limit to how much pressure you can exert with them, so I use my screw type clamps when more clamping pressure is needed. For, $2.00 a piece they are more than worth the cost.

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#9 posted 03-17-2007 12:38 PM

that’s what we used when building our garbage bins (and what I used for “A Box”).
Previously, we can’t remember why/when, but Rick had bought one 30” + clamp. Why just one, you ask? Because I wasn’t with him when he bought it. But as we were clamping something which needed the long clamp he said, “Why do we only have 1 of these?” We had to improvise for the other end of the piece of wood. We have since purchased a second long clamp.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribele, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 03-17-2007 03:02 PM

I hate them for glue ups.B there good for holding your work to the bench

-- Phil, Chattanooga,TN

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#11 posted 03-17-2007 06:43 PM

I am with Os. I have used Harbor Freight quick clamps for some time, and they work good. They do have a problem with the amount of clamping pressure you can put on them, but hard to beat for the price.

Pipe clamps are probably the ultimate clamps, but I have had problems in the past. Mainly, that I overtighten them and then cause the item to bend or warp. I used pipe clamps on the table top I built. I had everything laid out, tightened well, and set flat. When I returned the next day, the table top was way out of alignment. Basically, I had to re-cut the boards and reglue them. The second time I used the quick clamps. The top came out much better. I learned there is such a thing as too much clamping pressure.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#12 posted 03-17-2007 07:05 PM

Bill,
The way to remedy the bending, I always use two clamps on the bottom, & one or two clamps on the top. that equalizes the pressure.

Every one seems to want to put that extra turn while tightening clamps.

Too much pressure can cause to much glue squeeze out which is’nt good.

It’s to bad there isn’t a nut on the clamps so you can use a torque wrench.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#13 posted 03-17-2007 07:09 PM

Yea, I did that Dick, but must have overtightened the first time. The second time, I used the quick clamps, as well as adding some cauls to distribute the load. It did help.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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