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macin

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03-05-2012 03:54 PM

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I was thinking of buying toggle clamps on Amazon but there are so many only 647 – which one should I buy ???

http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=553170#/ref=sr_pg_1?rh=n%3A228013%2Cn%3A%21468240%2Cn%3A328182011%2Cn%3A551238%2Cn%3A553150%2Cn%3A553170&ie=UTF8&qid=1330962765


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HorizontalMike

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#1 posted 03-05-2012 04:02 PM

Go to Harbor Freight and buy them at ~50% or more off. I have compared them to those I bought at more reputable online WW stores and they are almost identical (sometimes the ‘reach’ might not be as much) and may have been made in the same factories, IMO.

http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?q=toggle+clamps

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#2 posted 03-05-2012 04:02 PM

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#3 posted 03-05-2012 04:03 PM

+1 on the HF ones.

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#4 posted 03-05-2012 04:15 PM

The prices at Harbor Freight are good but I´ll use FedEx. So I´ll have to check their prices also !!

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#5 posted 03-05-2012 04:16 PM

The first ones I ever heard of were DE-STA-CO, back in the 1960s and I have always used these. They might not be the original, but I assumed they were. Never had a problem with them anyway.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#6 posted 03-05-2012 04:57 PM

I have double handful of these laying about, mostly purchased used. They’re one of those items that, in a box of stuff, look incomplete. You can usually get them very cheap that way, but it’s not a dependable source!

The various designs are specific. Do you have an upcoming need for some? Do you do pattern routing, or are you building a straightliner that they would be permanently mounted on?

My thought would be to wait until you can anticipate a specific application and then get the right one(s).

HorizontalMike has a point about the HF clamps. These would appear to be safe tools and a good value.

Some are labeled “vertical” and some “horizontal” but that seems to refer to the handle position. There is another category shown here that I have in use.

I think, Crank49, that De Sta Co held the patent for a while and were the only act in town (and were high quality) but now the design seems to be public domain.

I have a currently idle one I got at GoodWill for $3.99. It is a Jay-Bee brand.
Grainger describes it this way:

JBTHV650 Jay-Bee Toggle Clamps
CLAMP HLD DN VERT FLNG BSE U BAR

Hold down vertical style flanged base toggle clamp with a u-bar and flanged washers. Handle moves 60 degrees, bar moves 106 degrees. Capacity 1-11/16 inches and base to clamp centre is 3-19/32 inches.

$48.34

Oops. I eased into a gloat so seamlessly that I didn’t even notice it myself.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#7 posted 03-05-2012 05:06 PM

My vote is also for HF if there is one near you. Otherwise you will have to add UPS charges if you buy them off the internet.

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#8 posted 03-05-2012 05:28 PM

It’s true they have specific applications. Some may be bigger
that you are expecting. There are little ones too.

The horizontal ones are of general usefulness for jigs in
the shop but do note which way the handle points when
the clamp is down. I have the straight ones mostly,
they are about 8” long when in the clamping position.

Handle orientation is a clearance issue and an ergonomic
one if doing a lot of clamping and unclamping.

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macin

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#9 posted 03-05-2012 07:16 PM

I was thinking of buying vertical clamps which are light to operate, I haven´t found them in Iceland. If I order something the price doubles and I don´t have any friends in the States to send it to me as a “gift”

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#10 posted 03-05-2012 07:22 PM

ditto on HF, I’ve got some and some form other companies. This is one item that seems identical to the others. They work the same and are of the same quality.

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#11 posted 03-05-2012 09:59 PM

I use these the most, along with the smaller version.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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macin

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#12 posted 09-26-2012 12:11 PM

I´m going to order some vertical clamps from Harbor Freight, but which is more practical to buy vertical or horizontal ones ?

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#13 posted 09-26-2012 01:19 PM

I got two HF toggle clamps for Christmas and they work out great!

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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#14 posted 09-26-2012 01:22 PM

macin,
These things are cheap enough that you can buy both types and see what fits your uses better. I now have spares sitting around for that “next” project that might need them.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#15 posted 09-26-2012 01:39 PM

Ok I´ll buy some of both :-)

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