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Rockler ho'-downs.

Rockler ho'-downs.

01-24-2020 03:25 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 7 comments »

Boys and Girls, The question was voice (in text), so I thought I’d do a review (my opinion) on these Rockler Auto-Lock T-Track Hold Down Clamp (herewith referred to as Rockler clamp). While I have given them 5 stars, I would probably only rate them as 3 without my modifications. The gallery pictures show the clamp holding one to three 19mm separate pieces on the same tension setting. In all fairness, the pressure on the 3 pieces is less than that on the one, however, is still suffic...

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Clamp it Shut with the "V"!

Clamp it Shut with the "V"!

01-05-2020 12:02 AM by LittleBlackDuck | 16 comments »

Boys and Girls, Before you venture further, some of the following text may be questionable to some… If you are sensitive, please exit now and don’t go crying to Cricket because of your forthcoming curiosity. Initially, I was anxious to pass on my brainwashing, however, was concerned about my tenure here at LJ due to some blaspheming about sideways picture… Staying on top, and determined not to be under turd… I am pressing on… though it may earn a “go to jail” from the publishers. If ...

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You get what you pay for...and in this case, less

You get what you pay for...and in this case, less

11-01-2019 01:25 PM by cmacnaughton | 18 comments »

I bought these clamps based solely on the price. I have longer Dubuque bar clamps which are fantastic. These Wood River clamps were half the price of the 24” Dubuques at Woodcraft, so I figured how bad could they be? Pretty bad, actually. Having now tried to use them twice, if I saw them for $5 each at a garage sale I would not buy them. The cast iron heads are poorly machined to the point where I had a pile of metal shavings beneath them after trying (unsuccessfully) to tighten them...

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Bora parallel clamps (12" and 24")

Bora parallel clamps (12" and 24")

03-22-2019 01:23 PM by RichBolduc | 4 comments »

After owning several Bessey clamps, I figured I’d give these a try because they were 1/2 the price when Rockler was having a sale.. Heavy clamps but the plastic feels cheaper. The sliding mechanism isn’t as good as the Bessey on some of them, but on others it works great. I see these as comparing Grizzly to Powermatic. While they aren’t “The gold standard”, they’ll be more than sufficient for my use as a hobbyist. The 1100 psi of clamping force is more tha...

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Don't buy cast holdfasts

Don't buy cast holdfasts

02-23-2019 07:47 PM by b1v1r | 25 comments »

As a part of my new workbench I bought some cast iron holdfasts. I really was not thinking when I bought these as cast iron does not flex as a holdfast must. In hind sight I should have bought forged or some modern hybrid. Here is what I bought: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07B5FNPW7 I also wrote up a review on Amazon as well, but these do not work at all. This came with two holdfasts. The first one worked well for the first few hits. Seemed not to lock well the first time on a n...

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Wilton 78A Pivot Jaw Vice

Wilton 78A Pivot Jaw Vice

01-14-2019 10:00 PM by GaryCN | 8 comments »

Just purchased this vice, my 2nd woodworking vice. The operation is very smooth. It came with 2 maple faceplates with magnetic attachment. My other vice is much smaller possibly Harbor Freight. there is no comparison the Wilton is way better.

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Terrific clamp with a major (fixable) flaw

Terrific clamp with a major (fixable) flaw

08-03-2018 07:13 PM by ColonelTravis | 9 comments »

This should be a slam dunk 5-star product for hand tool users, a ridiculous design flaw knocks it down to a 4 because it’s fixable. I give the engineer who made this a big fat zero. I do not understand why Veritas ever let this issue out the door, or why they’ve never redesigned the problem. If you don’t have a tail/end vise (like me), this is a terrific substitute. I use holdfasts and notched battens but there are times when that doesn’t work so well. So I bought t...

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Armor Tools Self Adjusting Horizontal Dog Clamp (junk)

Armor Tools Self Adjusting Horizontal Dog Clamp (junk)

09-09-2017 02:52 PM by lowrider | 3 comments »

I received an Armor Tools Self Adjusting Horizontal Dog Clamp for my birthday and now I’m disappointed with your product this is the second one that has broken in the same place. This is apparently a weak spot in the tool. I have pictures of the broken items if you would like a copy; also the shafts are not even the same size. I must not be the only one in the world having an issue with this item. I have went to your website and sent a couple of messages, if you feel this is not an issue...

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Nice Product, But Fantastic Customer Service

Nice Product, But Fantastic Customer Service

06-09-2017 11:13 PM by jonah | 3 comments »

This is one of those increasingly rare situations where a company simply blows you away with great customer service. I can’t say enough about how pleased I am with how Yost has treated me. I bought four 12” parallel clamps during a recent Amazon “deal of the day” promotion. With the discount, I felt like it was worth a shot on an unknown brand of clamps. I paid about ~$100 with tax for the four clamps. I’ve always wanted to have some 12” parallel clamps ...

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