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Craftsman One-Hand Bar Clamp

WOOD magazine rating
Brand:
Craftsman
Model:
3449458
Price:
$20

Description

Forward/reverse action handle levers provide complete clamping control with 1 hand. Reverse lever to loosen jaws in small increments. Quick-release, reversible jaw easily converts clamp to a Spreader.
Ergonomic cushioned handles and grip provides maximum comfort
Non-marring clamp pads prevent work piece damage
Pads V-groove design also allows user to clamp round materials
Available in several different clamping lengths and depths
Ideal for use in the home as well as in the workshop
6, 12, 24, 36" lengths

WOOD magazine review

Awkward-feeling handle

Review Summary

Craftsman's version of the German-made Wolfcraft clamp. It works well enough, with clamping force about mid-pack in our test of 11 one-hand bar clamps. But its pistol-grip handle and trigger release feel awkward, because the release is behind the handle rather than between it and the fixed jaw as with all other pistol-grip clamps. It's actually easier to use when you turn it around and have the fixed jaw near you, but that's not always an easy thing to do.
The jaw pads extend all the way to the bar, which gives you more contact surface during glue-ups, a nice touch.

Detailed Ratings

3.5
out of 5

Performance

3

Features

4

Ease of Use

3

Value

4

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