The Hart Tools 2in hand clamps aren’t like your grandpa’s old spring clamps. They’re easy to position, clamp down with up to 50 lbs of force, and release easy as you please.
I couldn’t wait to try out these clamps. I didn’t have any glue ups to do, but I did need to make some repetitive cuts with the miter saw. I grabbed a piece of scrap to use as a stop and clamped it in place against the fence on my miter saw bench. These clamps held the stop in place very well and released easily once I was done.
With minimal pressure, these clamps unlock. Ever used a ratchet strap when gluing up mitered joints and you just can’t get the blasted thing to release? Not the story here. I really was surprised at how easily these clamps released tension. They’re even easier to release than my Irwin Quick Grips that I love dearly. Sometimes the quick grips get really locked down and it seems almost impossible to make them release.
One thing that was of slight concern is that the handles flex when you’re really wrenching down to get the maximum clamping force. When I noticed this, I was a bit worried. I actually tried to break them and could not. Furthermore, the clamps won’t get any tighter once the handles start to flex. I don’t foresee these clamps failing through proper use and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to a friend…or a stranger for that matter.
These clamps also come with a unique twist. They are equipped with a carabiner to hang items with or from. You could even use these clamps as a tie down for tarps. They are not intended for lifting and are not rated for more than fifty pounds. I don’t know if I’ll use this feature regularly, but it’s there if you need it, doesn’t inhibit the use of the product, and it’s cool to boot!
I have yet to use these clamps for any other woodworking tasks, but I feel confident that they’ll stand up to what ever tasks I put before ’em and that they’ll be a huge help for those quick clamping jobs where traditional bar clamps or cam clamps just don’t make sense. There’s a time and place for every tool and these clamps just made it to the top of my list for quick and easy use!
Full disclosure: I believe in letting you know when I’ve bought a product and when they were given to me for review. These clamps were supplied to me for review free of charge. I wouldn’t recommend a tool to you that I wouldn’t buy. This means, if I get a bad tool… You’ll know I think it’s a bad tool. Guaranteed.
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