We were in Italy over the new year visiting in-laws. They are retired
farmers, and there are interesting mountains of tools both ancient and
modern lying around. One of the modern ones that I rather liked was
like a kind of Mole grip, but the pivot/fulcrum/whatever could be moved
into four positions, a bit like a deck chair, and it allowed the jaws to
open a bit wider, and to stay a bit more parallel. Has anyone seen any
On Fri, 11 Jan 2019 10:52:07 +0000, Dave Plowman (News) wrote:
We had a whole selection of moley-type grips in the workshop for holding
joints together for welding. Ones with longer sides for clamping sills,
ones with two "C" sections for clamping around box sections ... there
were quite a few others that never got used.
Better than a G clamp, as you can work them with one hand, while the
other keeps the pieces aligned.
I have a couple of pairs of waterpump pliers - some of the most useful
things I have. The things I'm thinking of are a bit like that though.
Mostly like Mole grips, but having a line of pivots at right-angles to
the line of the handle, rather than just one. You can pull the moving
handle back against the spring, and move the pivot to another recess to
widen the jaws. The name stamped into the handle was French, but I
can't remember it.
I think they are what electricians used to use to tighten steel
conduits and they called them 'dogs'. The proper name, I don't know,
but made by 'mole'. Two parts sort of L shaped, one fitted into the
other and the pivot point was a threaded thumb screw bolt. That was
adjustable to enable the 'dogs' to be used on various conduit sizes.
When worn, they tended to slip and bit your fingers - a small pair of
Stillsons was much safer and gripped rather better.
No I think they are different - I have seen these; indeed I was using
some only last weekend. (they are very old- but still worked). They
are just like mole grips but the pivot point can be moved like water
pump pliers. Should be on the site where they are this afternoon so I
will take a photo and post it if nothing comes up sooner.
Sounds clever. I think the Mole is one of the most useful of tools. I've
heard of people using them as a temporary replacement for a lost
motorcycle gear pedal. The lack of parallelism at wide openings is one
of their few weaknesses.
On Fri, 11 Jan 2019 11:46:46 +0000, newshound wrote:
I just bought a new pair, the others having 'disappeared'. The pair they
replaced was bought from the same shop (in Brighton) over 50 years ago -
it's now being run by the fifth generation of the family!
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I've used them as a gear pedal when I was a lad, but they are obviously
a bit awkward to use, and they wreck the end of the shaft. Mind you,
the splines on the pedal shaft never lasted long anyway.
I once temporarily replaced a throttle twist-grip with a choke lever
which was clearly a very bad thing to do. Fortunately, the roads were
much quieter then.
Seems dependable, but how do you make adjustments to the angle? Or do
you just hope your ankle bends at the correct angle? :-)
The way I fitted it, you had to push it forward to open the throttle. A
I remember we were trying to teach a girl to ride. She couldn't get
used to the idea that you twisted it back to speed up, and let it go
forward to slow down. So she'd pull it back to try to slow down, and
usually ended up accelerating into a hedge, or something. She got the
hang of it eventually, though.
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