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Anyone use any of the Bar Clamps from Harbor Freight. I need a couple probably 4" to 12" once in awhile mostly to clamp a piece of wood to the bench to sand, route, ect and wonder if these are worth it?
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I use these all of the time...several times today. I have about 10 6 inchers, and 4 12 inchers.

Never had any problem in over two years of use. Very handy and economical.

I use them to clamp stuff in place while I cut, sand, drill or route the work piece.
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Anyone use any of the Bar Clamps from Harbor Freight. I need a couple probably 4" to 12" once in awhile mostly to clamp a piece of wood to the bench to sand, route, ect and wonder if these are worth it?
If you mean 'F' clamps, then yes they are well worth it. I have about 20 of them.

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If you are talking about the 1 hand ones that you set like pliers they are a piece of junk. I bought a dozen and have only 1 left that hasn't broke. the 1s you turn the knob to tighten are ok.
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Geez, your HF store must be better stocked than mine. I bought 4 recently. Two are OK, two keeps slipping as I tighten the wooden handle with the screw. 50% ok just isn't good enough. HARBOR FREIGHT! Your history. Many other things junk also.
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I have a lot of HF clamps. I wish I had better ones though. I usually end up buying those things when they are on sale, so that gives you idea of what my clamp budget is.

Many of them are fine and work well and many of them slip. Good news though. If you take the ones that slip back they will replace them. To get a full set of HF clamps that don't slip may take a lifetime, but I go over there pretty often, so when I spot a bad clamp I throw it in the truck until my next visit to HF.
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I use these all of the time...several times today. I have about 10 6 inchers, and 4 12 inchers.

Never had any problem in over two years of use. Very handy and economical.

I use them to clamp stuff in place while I cut, sand, drill or route the work piece.
i also have a bunch of them ... very economical and i have never had a problem with any of them. they are actually my go to clamps. the longer ones can flex a little when you crank down on them.

but the plastic ones you adjust by squeezing at total crap.
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I keep about 1 1/2 dz 4" to 8" clamps on a rail under my workbench where they are quick to get at. Jorgensen clamps are the best quality for the price in my opinion. If you are going to use them a lot and maybe abuse them a little I would go with them. Most of my small clamps are light duty but I have 1/2 a dozen or so 12" of the Jorgensen's and they will last a long time and will take abuse.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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If you mean 'F' clamps, then yes they are well worth it. I have about 20 of them.
Are they metal or plastic?
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