Makro have a set of four clamps on offer at the moment for £4:99 +VAT.
Having bought a set today - don't touch them with a barge pole - tried them
out and the triggers snapped on 3 out of 4 without putting anything more
than a firm handshake pressure on.
Mine are going back.
They also have a slightly more useful set of spring clamps (rather like
large crock clips) at the same price. There are about 12 in the set
(three sizes) plus three tatty g gramps. Nothing special, but good
enough for holding trim etc. while glue dries.
You don't say what type these are Dave, but if it's a trigger type
that you are looking for, both the Quick Grip and Wolf ones are fairly
Quick Grip are quite readily available - I've seen them in B&Q and
Axminster carry them. Wolf ones periodically show up in teh DIY
sheds often on offer, and they are also quite reasonable and generally
None of these types are as good as the substantial clamps like Bessey
K series,(don't have the price tag either) but for light to medium
work, they are OK.
Hi Andy - they are the trigger type you can use as a spreader. They look
like Quick Grip or Wolf, but are just crap quality.
Shame really. I work on the theory that you never have enough clamps and
they seemed like a real bargain.
I'm a great fan of Axminsters 'F' clamps myself.
£2.06 + VAT each for the 12" ones:
and a bargain 98p for the 6" ones:
I know what you mean - I always seem to need more. I might have
believed £5 each as being reasonable, but for a set....
I saw some at their exhibition last year but didn't need any more of
that type at the time. They seem to be similar in design to the
Bessey K type and I think I might get some next time I need more of
this type. The Bessey ones are good in terms of the jaws being
parallel as tightened and you can get a lot of pressure. Periodically
there are good deals, but they are expensive for a clamp. I looked at
buying some in the U.S. where they are cheaper, but they are so heavy
that it's not worth the shipping cost.
Another one that I quite like for lighter work is the Bessey Kliklamp.
These are in between on price but are very easy to use one handed when
you are trying to hold something in place.
That's why I was tempted by the Makro ones, never enough clamps, never
enough hands to operate them.
I did get some great & cheap one handed clamps (the cartridge gun type) from
Trago Mills in Falmouth whilst on holiday last year.
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