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Forum topic by WoodNDust posted 05-14-2013 03:05 AM 1659 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-14-2013 03:05 AM

Topic tags/keywords: f-clamp clamp shop fox grizzly

I’ve been looking around for some f-clamps. After reading a post about the Shop Fox brand f-clamp sold by Grizzly, and noticing Grizzly had them on sale, I purchased a 30 piece set. Unfortunately, some of the cast heads were twisted or bent, causing the clamping to be crooked. A few photos attached. The question I have is this a common problem with cast iron f-clamps in general?

Grizzly did ask me to give them a list of the f-clamps that were defective and they sent me replacements, which arrived to my house within 5 days. The downside is that a couple of the new clamps while useable, they could be better.

Any input appreciated.


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#1 posted 05-14-2013 03:18 AM

First I’ve seen that and I’ve got about 20 or so from harbor freight. I use Jorgensen and have come across a couple where the actual clamp surface at the head was slightly convex I’ve never seen anything like that. If the replacements are good enough I’d keep them, if not send the lot back and buy something better. HF clamps are nice enough and cheap that when you quickly need a bunch for a project they’re a good thing to grab, but having bought my bunch I’ve been buying better quality. Seems to be a common thing to do with people buying predominantly Bessies, Jorgensen or Irwin when they can spare the cash; I find the better clamps are noticeably better in a number of ways and worth the extra when you can.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#2 posted 05-14-2013 03:20 AM

Not a common problem, from what I’ve seen. Iron can
and will move after casting. I suspect this issue is due
to sloppy casting procedures.

I would file or grind any unsatisfactory clamps among
the new lot. Modifying tools is a part of the craft that
you might as well get used to if you want to get
really good at it.

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#3 posted 05-14-2013 03:45 AM

Not a common problem, not for good quality clamps anyway.
Looks like good old chinese crap. Send em back and get some better quality clamps.

My bessey tradesmans are excellent and exhibit none of this. Jorgies are ok for the price, but the standard duty 3700’s have too much bar flex for my preference.

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

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#4 posted 05-14-2013 07:46 AM

Send the bad ones back to Grizzly again. They shouldn’t be sending junk like that out to people. Ask them to check the replacements before dispatching.

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#5 posted 05-14-2013 08:49 AM

Had some decent service out of HF cast iron clamps, not collector’s items but will do the job.
Bessey are my favorite, Jorgenson have now contracted to Chine\a to manufacture theirs, so I see the quality and precision going away.
Send the clamps back to Grizzly, they are a decent company and won’t give you a hassle, also make sure you include the photos, as I’m pretty sure they will withdraw the from stock and give someone a thick ear for sending crap like that out.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#6 posted 05-14-2013 11:43 AM

That sucks. Agree it should be sent back, company should pay return shipping and get you some new ones.

In all honesty I love the harbor freight F clamps. I’ve had few issues with them, they clamp nice and tight, hold well, and the price is hard to beat with a stick. I have a couple dozen in various sizes and so far I’ve only had one that the handle broke on. The clamp is still usable, just kind of annoying.

just my .o2

-- Steve

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#7 posted 05-14-2013 02:42 PM

If I were you I would have lost all confidence with Grizzly to send satisfactory clamps third time around.send the whole lot back and get fewer but better quality clamps,HD sells Irwin which I think are well worth the money.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#8 posted 05-14-2013 06:47 PM

Those clamps are junk, I would go w/ another brand. It is nice to have a lot of clamps, but only if they work otherwise they are a waste of space and money.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#9 posted 05-14-2013 06:52 PM

looks like a poor manufacturing line. I would not accept these clamps.

I guess someone’s trying to cut costs a bit too much (as in seller in production – not buyer)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#10 posted 05-14-2013 07:56 PM

You paid for decent clamps and got much less than that … send them back and have them replace them with good ones!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 05-14-2013 08:12 PM

yep , send them back and if the next ones come in the same shape send them all back and go to HD or Lowes and buy ones that you can see are better quality. Or go to HF and try some of thiers , I have about 8 of them and they woork just as good as my Bessies.

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#12 posted 05-14-2013 08:25 PM

Not wild about F clamps anyways. I prefer pipe clamps and parallel clamps, but I can see how that one wouldn’t work at all!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#13 posted 05-15-2013 02:05 AM

I have a bunch of those blue quick release F clamps from Harbor Freight and they look a lot better than those!

I’d return any that weren’t acceptable and ask them to pay the shipping. You have been patient long enough!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 05-15-2013 02:33 AM

Thanks all for your input. I received the replacements. Although they were better, two of the 12” clamps had cracked handles and the chrome finish on another 12” clamp was pealing in a small spot. I’m going to really look them over again tomorrow in the daylight and then make my final decision before contacting Grizzly. One very nice thing about Grizzly is their customer service is very accommodating. The downside is that I hadn’t planned on getting to know them so well.

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#15 posted 05-15-2013 02:35 AM

A shame about the clamps but it’s good grizzly is doing their best for you.

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

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