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Bob #2

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01-19-2009 07:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource tip f clamps clamps

During a recent visit to the States I toured a Harbor Freight store . Curiositiy killed the cat I guess.
I ended up carrying 4 of these F clamps back to my shop.
As cheap F clamps go these ones raised the bar for me.
They have decent ratchets spring loaded detents and easy twist handles.
The jaws are rubber covered and wide enough to stabilize the clamp.
I rarely use these types for glue up but often for just about everything else.
For the price they seem a real bargain and I wish I had bought more now.

Check em out!
Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner


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Kindlingmaker

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#1 posted 01-19-2009 07:58 PM

These are the majority of my clamps and they have proven to be excellant clamps. There are needs for other types and quality but these are the everyday workhorses. I have tried the HF wood handled ones but the handles break off much too easy.

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#2 posted 01-19-2009 10:42 PM

Great Bob. I was there yestarday. But I’ve never bought any of them.

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#3 posted 01-19-2009 11:14 PM

Karson:

I have a dozen or more of the wooden handled types and some with a metal turn handle .
These guys are much more “alert” when you adjust and tighten them.
I’‘ve a mind to replace them all as lousy clamps can spoil the day in the shiop.

Bob

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#4 posted 01-20-2009 12:36 AM

Bob . . . I got a mess of these from Princess Auto but they are grey and have a wooden handle. They go on sale from time to time. Not sure if you have one in your neck of the woods.

Oh . . . I find that the plastic “bumper” on the top of the clamp tends to fall off. You may want to dab a bit of glue on them.

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#5 posted 01-20-2009 12:43 AM

I wouldm like to know did you fly to America to buy these and if so how did you get on coming through customs ??Alistair

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#6 posted 01-20-2009 01:46 AM

Allistair:

I had 4 clamps and several bits and pieces plus about 2/3 bottle of a rather good Merlot I had been tugging on the night before I left.

I verbally declared all at the Canada customs wicket and the guy just shook his head and passed me through.

I love Canada!

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#7 posted 01-20-2009 02:04 AM

I have used them also.. They do work well, but don’t over tighten them… or you will be sorry

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#8 posted 01-20-2009 02:10 AM

I figured as much when I was laying down around 3-4 dollars a piece for them.
Shame isn’t it that these people just can’t get it? ;-)

Bob

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#9 posted 01-20-2009 03:56 PM

HI Bob;

As an optimist, I’m assuming the bottle was 2/3 full. LOL

Lee

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#10 posted 01-20-2009 04:15 PM

Yep, Lee It was 2/3 full as you surmised. (1 of 3) <vbg>

Bob

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#11 posted 01-20-2009 05:59 PM

When you have to have umteen million of the things … these are just fine. I have around 50 of these clamps, and for what I paid for them …. no complaints.

Don’t forget … ”you can never have too many clamps”

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