i am tempted by the sirens of cheapness at harbor freight so i may buy a few
the word online is that the ryobi eyebolt/wingnut driver works on these
clamps once you remove the crappy stock handle
anyone tried this out
On Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 10:35:37 AM UTC-5, Leon wrote:
Many years ago I had a really big glue up and bought a bunch of HF clamps.
I had bought the big all wood clamps (a Jorgenson C clamp knock off) and p
lain ductile iron clamps before and they worked great.
So I figured I would be OK if I bought their bar clamps and some squeeze cl
amps. They worked for the first glue up, then one or two failed after the
second glue up, and then finally after about a year of use all but two of t
en had failed. It was worse with their hand squeeze clamps, which I use th
ree or four times a week sometimes all day as a second set of hands. Event
ually, after light use all of them (about 6) failed completely.
To put this in perspective, I have four bar clamps that were made in the 19
20s or 1930s and have been heavily used. They still work fine, although wi
th the bars a little bent (and being really heavy) they are more backup cla
mps than anything else. I have some off brand of squeeze clamp I bought at
HD about 20 years ago that I have used for all twenty years, and they stil
l work fine. Ditto my 3' and 4' Stanley and Irwin clamps which are probabl
y in the 15 year range. I have Pony pipe clamps that have to be 50 years o
ld that were given to me by a retired contractor that used them for everyth
ing you could imagine, and they work just fine.
With their short, piss poor track record, HF turned I will never buy anothe
r HF clamp unless I figure some way it might be a one time use. Clamps are
tools I expect to work, period.
On 10/28/2015 1:02 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Wine, beer and bourbon drinkers have a saying... "Life is too short to
drink cheap ___________!"
I'll add clamps to that. Over the years I have accumulated a large
collection of Jorgensen clamps of all shapes and sizes. I've also
bought some sets of Bessey's (courtesy of a tip here years ago on some
fantastic deal available from a major supplier - forget who but it MAY
have been Amazon).
Like Timex, all of the above take a licking and keep on ticking.
Nothing fancy, just a solid tool that continues to do what it is
supposed to do and does it well.
Perhaps only 30% of my collection were bought new. That's the beauty of
quality tools... somebody can abuse them and somebody like me can
stumble across them on Craigslist, garage sales, estate sales, etc. and
with a couple of enjoyable hours in the shop cleaning them up, have a
well worn but full functional clamp to add to the collection for pennies
on the dollar.
On Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 6:49:13 PM UTC-5, Electric Comet wrote:
I'll take a bit of a contrarian view. I have about a half dozen of the 12 inch clamps and they work fine for small tasks. They ratchet down pretty tight. How can you go wrong for about $3 each on sale.
On Wed, 28 Oct 2015 10:57:56 -0700, Gramps' shop wrote:
I've got a bunch of the HF bar clamps in lengths up to 30" They work
great as long as you're just gluing up and not trying to simultaneously
straighten warped wood :-).
IIRC, HF has 2 versions. One marked Pittsburg, which is what I have, and
another "brand" which seems to be the one generating most of the
I have eight of the ones they sell now; the ones with the two-tone blue
handles. I have used all of them, although not too many times. I suspect
that trying to apply great force might be bad for these molded-on
handles, but the force they are capable of was plenty to make the glue
squeeze out, so they seemed useful at a very low cost. The "fit and
finish" doesn't seem too bad actually.
I've tried their "Quick-Grip" style clamps, but only in the store. Those
immediately felt like junk. I'm surprised they didn't break right there
in the store.
The HF "Quick-Grip" are indeed worthless, but the HF "Quick Gear Clamp"
of a couple of years ago are true gems, as good as the Bessey or
Jorgensen from which they were cloned.
Hummmmm I'll have to take a look. The Besseys are "ok" I have had
problems with them holding for a period of time and then loosing their
grip. Bessey replace all 4 of mine with 6 and for certain 2 of those
have shown signs of not holding for long periods of time.
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