I recognize at least two types in the photo, both cheap. The
blue-handled ones are Harbor Freight. People say the molded-on handles
come loose if you tighten them too hard. I haven't had that problem yet,
and seem to get adequate tightness.
The others, the ones with black jaws and wooden handles, make the HF
models look like Jorgensens. They are Ebay specials that are really
crap. I have a few of the 18" and have used them. But they are not long
for this world.
On Tue, 6 Oct 2015 01:37:24 +0000 (UTC), John McCoy
Ya, me too. I have some of the aluminum rail HF clamps I've kept for
the same reason. For the money that all those HF clamps cost, he could
have bought some decent clamps and not spent a day tightening clamps.
I have both the aluminum and the F HF clamps. The new HF F clamps are
not the same as the original. The original the jaws lined up,, and the
handles did not spin out.
The aluminum ones were very nice compared to the Jets. The jet was
annodized red, but they bent really easily. The HF from late 90s are
thicker than the jets.
Like everything else, I use them in the proper places.
I would use my heavy duty F's when I need them or the many parallel jaw
clamps when they are needed.
So each has it's place.
That's pretty good if you only count quality, fancy-pants clamps. :)
But even a piker like me can apply enough clamps (of widely varying
quality) to obscure the project:
On Monday, October 5, 2015 at 3:17:35 PM UTC-5, Electric Comet wrote:
Heresy, I say !!! Pure and blatant heresy. LOL
As Woodchucker said, having too many clamps is an impossibility. Because as sure as you get rid of (or fail to buy) any, you will find yourself one clamp short. ;-)
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