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I purchase the $1.99 clamps from harbor freight every so often and I figure that if I break one then it's not a big loss. But here lately it seems that they are breaking on the first use, and it's not the heads that are breaking off, but the handles comming out of the base.

I took the cover off and found out what is going on so here is what I did to fix/upgrade the clamps.

Hope this help some of you if you use the same clamps and the handle comes off.
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I purchase the $1.99 clamps from harbor freight every so often and I figure that if I break one then it's not a big loss. But here lately it seems that they are breaking on the first use, and it's not the heads that are breaking off, but the handles comming out of the base.

I took the cover off and found out what is going on so here is what I did to fix/upgrade the clamps.

Hope this help some of you if you use the same clamps and the handle comes off.

Nice fix Danny
Problem I been having with those is they get to where they aren't tightening up. Haven't had time to tear one apart yet... still in my "to-do" pile.

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I had one break also Danny. I drilled mine out and put in a roll pin. Problem solved.




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Good info, maybe I will do that before it is a problem like during a glue-up or something.

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I can never get mine to clamp hard enough to hold a glue joint.
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I can never get mine to clamp hard enough to hold a glue joint.
I have one of the last 4 I bought that is like that, I haven't had time to take it apart yet to see why, when I do if I find the fix I will post it.

The rest are fine I have about 8-9 total that are good except for the handle's breaking.
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I have 4" Bessy ratcheting clamps, that had similar trouble, the hinge screw nuts on 3 of the clamps kept unscrewing. I permatexed them, (gasket sealer)

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