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11-23-2011 12:21 AM

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found these clamps at a yard sale for cheap but the swivel pad is broken off, Any ideas on how to fix them??

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#1 posted 11-23-2011 12:27 AM

They look like Bessy clamps maybe they sell the pad or will replace the whole clamp.

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#2 posted 11-23-2011 01:52 AM

Those look like some Harbor Freight clamps I have. The pads have fallen
off on some of mine. I think there is a lifetime guarantee on them and
you can probably take them back and get a replacement at Harbor

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#3 posted 11-23-2011 04:35 AM

GGEEEEZZZ….how can anybody be that rough and careless with a couple of clamps? Don’t care who made them… call for something like that…These are 2 different brands of clamps, and 2 different sizes. Handles are different….bodies are has a deeper reach….If made in China, ‘nuff said…...

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#4 posted 11-23-2011 05:14 AM

Try the return thing first then you can work on a repair if needed. I contacted quick grip because I broke one of their clamps. It was my fault but it broke and I wanted to repair it if I could. They sent me a nice email and said take it back and the store would give me a new one. I did and they did. I like folks that take care of their customers. Bought me some more of their clamps this week.

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#5 posted 11-25-2011 07:23 PM

To me the time and effort to repair it would not be worth it, especially if it is from HF. You might try the return thing, but without a receipt, they may not.

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#6 posted 11-25-2011 11:43 PM

thanks for the suggestions, there is absolutely no name on any of them(I actually have two that are needing repair) so I don’t know if they are harbor frieght or not. So I guess that kind of cancels the return,Plus I just want to repair them if I can,Hate to let something beat me.Don’t have much in them so I will try to come up with a cheap repair.Thanks again and if you think of anything else please let me know.

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#7 posted 11-26-2011 08:59 AM

You can never have too many clamps, good get. Go to This is a link to HF they sell replacement pads.

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#8 posted 11-26-2011 02:42 PM

If you have access to a lathe , metal or wood turnung. turn replacement pads out of aluminum and attach with set screws on the side to keep them swivling. Once in place use thread lock on the set screws. Need more info or a drawing PM me.

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#9 posted 11-26-2011 03:14 PM

get a washer that is just a little smaller than the nose of the clamp screw. drill out a hole for the washer to fit in a small piece of some hardwood, and you then glue the washer to the screw and new pad with epoxy. after a year or so the pads on my bar clamps never turn under pressure anyway.

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