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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-07-2013, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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Today, I was running errands and needed some items for Molly - our Boston Terrier. Molly represents a major "income stream" for PETsMART, as she is addicted to Greenies [dog treats] to the tune of about $35.00 per week. Anyway, there is a Home Depot next door and I needed to kill some time while a guy I would later meet with was out for lunch. Up and down the tool aisle at this Home Depot is fun, because it is one of the really big - full size stores and it stays well-stocked.

I was looking for some one-handed clamps and found IRWIN QUICK-GRIP, these are the Heavy Duty XP600 in 12" size. The label says it has 600 lb capacity. In the past, I've had slippage problems with similar lighter-duty clamps. I bought a pair @ $50.00. Do any of you have any comments about this particular (NEW?) type of clamp?

I tried to read where they were made, but it was so small that an ant would need to squat-down and squint to read it. Later, when I got home; with my magnifier - I was able to see "Made in China to IRWIN specifications". I guess now that I have them, I'll not take them back; but it will be interesting to see how they perform.

I like the fact that one-handed clamps do not twist like C or F style clamps, which can be critical in small-part glue-ups.

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I have a dozen of these clamps and they performe very well.
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I have 2 also and no problems yet, they clamp a little straighter than the older ones

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Don't have that kind of money for clamps, fixed income you know. So, I check out Big Lots periodically, and every once in awhile find one-hand quick clamps, made of metal, for usually $2 each. Work like a champ. It's not that I'm cheap, just that usually I am broke, or close to it.

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...Molly represents a major "income stream" for PETsMART.
...a Home Depot next door
Hi Otis,

From your comment about your Molly supporting Petsmart, I reflected on my ongoing support of Rockler, MLCS, Lee Valley Tools, Lowes, and Home Depot.

While I don't spend huge sums of money in any of those places, I apparently "stream" enough money their way to have a constant supply of their catalogs.
I can use up my so-called discretionary income in a matter of minutes.

Tried using the cheap Harbor Freight clamps ($2), and most slip unless you use a file to rough up the bar.

I am making a big effort in 2013 to avoid buying tools made in China, and seeking out higher quality tools made in the USA, Canada, and Japan. especially the "Veritas" line of tools at Lee Valley Tools.

Could use some of your rain here in California.
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Richard and Warren, Thanks for your feedback! I don't often need that type of clamp in that size, but I had noticed that some of my older ones (of the same brand), yet light duty seem to often slip. One-handed is great, but slippage nullifies the benefit. I am looking forward to using these and learning first hand.

Theo, There is a Big Lots near me, but I have never been there looking for tool bargains! I will definitely stop-in and check it out. Thanks for that tip!

Mark, I know what you mean about the China Made Tools. It is rampant. I will quickly admit that the quality has improved over the years and some of those tools are "made to the specifications of..." but it still bugs the tar and nicotine out of me that any of that stuff could have been made equal or better in quality here as American Made. Thank you for that encouragement.

Actually, I am a non-smoker - so the "tar and nicotine" reference is just an expression.

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I have an assortment of the Irwin QuickGrips, but they're mostly SL300 ("300 lb" versions). The interface is great, but the SL300 are limited in their clamping force. I haven't broken one yet, but the bar does flex, especially on the 24" clamps.

If I'm gluing something that requires a lot of clamping, I'll use the QuickGrips to get the pieces solidly in place, and follow up with a metal bar clamp or pipe clamp. But trying to get everything lined up with the heavy duty clamps is such a pain, I wouldn't want to do without the QuickGrip clamps, either. I don't know if the xp600 makes up for the clamping force, but I haven't been able to justify the cost yet.
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Thanks Barry - I like the way pieces being glued seem to "stay where they're supposed to be" better with this style - or even spring clamps, than many other styles. These, are supposed to have a 600 pound clamping force, usually I am not looking for a tremendous abount of force in glue-ups, but often in stack-drilling multiple parts - clamp force does become important. Like some of my older "Quick-Grips", these also have the "spreader feature" via end-for-end part swaps. Glue starvation can become a problem when too much force is applied and I try hard to avoid this scenario.

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Re: Made in China. Craftsman hand tool are almost all made in China now "to Sears specifications". Be interesting to know if the life time guarantee return rate has increased.

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Stan (Hilbilly), I am not doubting you, but where can I verify that about Craftsman Hand Tools being made in China? If that assertion proves true I will be disappointed greatly.
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