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Wise Buys: Band Clamps

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Craftsman 31458

Craftsman 31458

Editor test-drive:

Craftsman's easy-to-use band clamp has a one-handed ratcheting mechanism (with rubber overmolded handles) that frees up my other hand to adjust the corner blocks as I tighten it. The 16'-long nylon band pulled out easily when I depressed the release button, and automatically locked when I let go. The band's metal end hooks onto a magnetic rod that prevents the hook from coming loose while setting it up. The corner blocks adjust from 60 to 180, but I wish Craftsman would sell extra blocks for clamping up projects with more than four corners.

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