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Offline Frank Pellow

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Until October the 26th, Lee Valley has a set of four "squeezer" clamps on sale for $85 (Canadian).  Two are 450 milimetres long and two are 600 milimetres long. (that is close to 18 inches and 24 inches)

Here is link to the sale page:   http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=1&p=61023&cat=51&ap=1

I picked up a set early this morning and have used then already for glue up.  Here are some comments:
  • They are no-name clamps made in Taiwan.
  • The quality seems to be OK, not great but OK.  The aluminum is cast aluminum which I found in the past not to be as durable as extruded aliminum.
  • I like the ability to be able to dial-in the pressure.
  • When clamping using the maximum pressure, they can be hard to open. It would be better if they had an opening lever similar to those on vise grips -but they do not.  But, I have a lot of strength in my hands, so I can cope with this.
  • I measuered with a set of calipers the maximum distance that a clamp can move when it is tightened and that distance is only 8.7 milimetres (or about 1/3 of a inch). I would prefer twice that distance, but it will be sufficient for most of the tasks in which I want to employ these clamps.
  • I might even purchase a pair of the 6 inch clamps
« Last Edit: March 28, 2011, 10:30 AM by Frank Pellow »
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Offline Neill

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Re: Mini review of the squeezer clamp set on sale at Lee Valley
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2008, 02:14 PM »
Frank,

I am somewhat bewildered by your last remark about buying more of these clamps when nearly everything you had to say about these was negative.

Neill
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Offline Frank Pellow

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  • Toronto, Ontario and Lake Pivabiska, Ontario
Re: Mini review of the squeezer clamp set on sale at Lee Valley
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2008, 02:22 PM »
Frank,

I am somewhat bewildered by your last remark about buying more of these clamps when nearly everything you had to say about these was negative.

Neill
Neil, I did not think that I was being negative.  I intended to be somewhat neutral, warning people of the problems, yet saying that I will keep them and use the clamps because I can live with those problems.  Others might not want to.


 
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               Frank (Festool connoisseur)

Offline Neill

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Re: Mini review of the squeezer clamp set on sale at Lee Valley
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2008, 03:02 PM »
Frank,

I am somewhat bewildered by your last remark about buying more of these clamps when nearly everything you had to say about these was negative.

Neill
Neil, I did not think that I was being negative.  I intended to be somewhat neutral, warning people of the problems, yet saying that I will keep them and use the clamps because I can live with those problems.  Others might not want to.

 

Frank,

Thanks for the clarification.  Like many other woodworkers, I am always looking for more clamps.  Based upon your independent evaluation, I don't think I will be buying any of these.

Your comments were great.

Neill
Kapex, Domino, MFT/3, Rotex 150 FEQ, CT 22E, TS 55, RS2E Orbital Sander, C12 Drill, 1400 Router, Rotex 90 DX, Rotex 125 FEQ, LS 130 EQ Linear, Parallel Guide Set, Deltex 93 E, Trion 300 Barrell Grip, ETS 150/3 EQ, ES125 EQ, Guide Rail Accessory Kit, Sanding Block, various rails, systainers, sortainers, vacuum hoses and accessories for various tools.