Author Topic: The Upper Hand by FastCap. Feedback The people that make the 3rd Hand.  (Read 4077 times)

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Offline Steve R

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I love my 3rd hands by FastCap. I have set of four in a carry case.  They are are great for holding top cabinets in place. Creating a plastic wall for lead removal.  Also to create a water barrier around a wet saw and many more things.

3rd Hand has a useable range of 57" to 144"

I was installing some underground garage storage boxes and tried to use the 3rd Hands. The storage boxes were 4' x 8' x 2' made out of 3/4" ply with a 2x4 frame. Built to hold a ton above $100,000 cars.  The boxes were about 175lbs. the 3rd hands could lift it but they had to come into the boxes from the front and were causing the water sealant coating on the wall to be scared when lifted by the 3rd hands.

In comes the UpperHAND it has a range of 28" to 60". The unlike the 3rd hand that has flexible pads that adapt to the angle they are at. The Upperhands have fixed end that hold the polls straight. The benefit is that you can lift straight up and not damage the wall.

I don't agree with their ad that this is a one person job. Okay maybe one kitchen cabinet at a time... one guy...but the image of putting up a three to four contented cabinets... not a one person thing.... well if you build then out of balsa wood maybe...LOL

That said...what is does do  is allows me to get just a a few minutes from a crew member to lift them on the UppperHANDS get them level and then with a couple of screws in  the crew member can leave and I can finish install.

They really do fill a gap from the 3rd hand to the Little hand.   I don't have the little hands as reveriable clamps do it cheaper as I already have them.

Get the case it is worth it.

Cheers,
Steve

Let me add a link to the upperhand
http://www.fastcap.com/estore/pc/Upper-Hand-2pk-System-p9971.htm
« Last Edit: July 24, 2011, 11:19 AM by Steve R »
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Offline mastercabman

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I have one of them.But i had to cut mine down to use it for cabinets.Standart height for cabinets is 54" of the floor.
The 3rd hand is 60" long(i think)
I now use T-JACK .  It was designed to use for sheetrock,but it is used for just about anything.All metal(except for the foot and top piece made of plastic)Can hold much heavier material and you don't need to cut it for cabinets.
I also have the short 3rd hand.
I don't understand!?! I keep cutting it,and it's still too short!

Offline Steve R

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The new 3rd Hand HD Tripod, seems like it might overcome the one person thing.

Add the top roller accessory and you might just have some cheap, get by wings for your kapex etc.

Cheers,
Steve
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